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10 Authentic Chinese Cookbooks & Recipe Books

Chinese gastronomy is one of the oldest and most diverse cuisines in the world. With unique features, numerous styles, and exquisite cooking, Chinese cuisine is an important constituent part of Chinese culture. The following is a collection of the 10 most impressive Chinese cookbooks you can use as a guide to prepare and create the most mouthwatering traditional authentic dishes right in your own kitchen.

Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking

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“Brilliant! Simple and delicious real Chinese cooking”- Mike Brown

Each grain of rice is inspired by the vibrant daily cooking activity in southern China, in which, compared to meat and fish, vegetables play a starring role.

In Fuchsia’s cookbook, many recipes require few ingredients and are easy to make. Fuchsia also includes a comprehensive introduction to the essential spices and techniques of the Chinese kitchen. Accompanying by beautiful photos and clear instructions, this is definitely a necessary cookbook for people wishing to introduce Chinese food into their daily cooking show, even for beginners or connoisseur alike.

About the author: Fuchsia Dunlop is a famous chef and food-writer who has spent most of the past two decades exploring China and its gastronomy. She is known to be the first Westerner to be trained as a chef at the Sichuan Institute of Higher Cuisine.

Fuchsia Dunlop is the author of numerous bestsellers. Throughout her career, she has won four James Beard awards for writing and is currently living in London.

Easy Chinese Cookbook: Restaurant Favorites Made Simple

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“Perfect compact and colorful cookbook with easy to follow instructions!”- HWWoman

“Easy Chinese Cookbook: Restaurant Favorites Made Simple” suggests you over 85 recipes that help bring the excitement of cooking in your kitchen. With “Easy Chinese Cookbook”, you will create delicious and precise meals that your family and friends will fall in love with.

You can learn to make Crab Rangoon, General Tso’s Chicken, or Egg Rolls with smooth and detailed step by step instructions for beginners. This cookbook will also take you through a signature Chinese-American pantry, show you ingredient substitutions and cooking shortcuts to keep recipes easy, fast, and delicious.

About the Author: Chris Toy has over 30 years of experience in teaching Asian cooking. His hands-on classes often focus on one guiding principle: “food is much more than nutrition; it feeds the spirit of your family and friends.” You can also find and attend one of the Chris classes at the local kitchen stores near Bath, Maine, and he lives here with his wife, Joan.

China: A Cookbook: 300 Classic Recipes From Beijing And Canton, To Shanghai And Sichuan

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“This is informative, and well put together a cookbook. I particularly enjoyed the regional cultural, geographical, and historical backgrounds that inspired the recipes. Easy to follow recipes and great illustrations make this an excellent guide for Chinese cuisine”- Dizzydog214

This comprehensive cookbook explores diverse Chinese cuisines with fascinating background information on its local geography and culinary history. The expert Terry Tan will introduce you to local ingredients and cooking methods with classic dishes from the old imperial kitchens of Beijing to southern China’s tea houses.

This impressive 624 page provides hundreds of clear step-by-step recipes with 1500 photos that will guide you to success. You also find all the famous classics – Crispy Chilli Beef, Pork Dumplings, Beijing Duck, Dan-Dan Noodles, and unusual local delicacies such as Black Rice Porridge, Beggars’ Chicken, Lobster Noodles, and Red Beans in Syrup.

About the author: Terry Tan has started and been involved with food since the age of 15. He wrote his first food columnist for his local paper, then went to London to be a head chef and teach in cookery schools. He was the Editor-in-chief of Wine & Dine and an acknowledged expert on Southeast Asia and China’s cuisines.

The Food of Sichuan

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“There’s nothing about this beautiful cookbook that I would change. The photos, the layout, the brilliant recipes, the comprehensive overview of Sichuan Cuisine, and the book’s quality make this 5-star perfection.”- FeloniousFunk

This is an essential update of the Land of Plenty book and a Fuchsia Dunlop’s landmark book on Sichuan cuisine, with 200 recipes and stunning photos. Nearly twenty years after the publication of Land of Plenty, many people still consider this book to be one of the most fabulous cookbooks of all time.

In this new version, she has added more than 70 new recipes to the original repertoire. She accompanies them as mouthwatering descriptions of the dazzling taste and brilliant texture of Sichuan cooking. This book also gives you a captivating insight into the world’s most excellent cuisines.

About the author: Fuchsia Dunlop is the author of Land of Fish, Rice, and several other popular books. Fuchsia has won four James Beard awards for her writing, and she currently lives in London.

Chinese Soul Food: A Friendly Guide for Homemade Dumplings, Stir-Fries, Soups, and More

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“A sincere, wonderful cookbook for Chinese food”- K. Lin

In this cookbook, you will find 80 approachable recipes that you can easily make on any night of the week. Chinese soul food will attract chefs with belly-raising recipes and speak the universal language of “mmm!”

You will also be provided plenty of tips for favorite homestyle Chinese dishes, such as dry-fried green beans, red-braised pork belly, green onion pancakes, and garlic eggplant braised-beef noodle soup, and the author’s famous potstickers. In particular, the author also included useful tips and techniques in the book, such as caring for and using a wok and way for cooking rice properly.

About the author: Hsiao-Ching Chou is a cooking instructor, an award-winning food journalist, and a communications consultant. Hsiao-Ching is a member of the Les Dames d’Escoffier and James Beard Foundation cookbook committee.

In her spare time, Hsiao-Ching Chou opens classes to teach Chinese home cooking classes at the Hot Stove Society. She currently lives with her family in Seattle.

The Chinese Takeout Cookbook: Quick and Easy Dishes to Prepare at Home

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“I was very happy with this book as the recipes are easy to follow, and there were a lot of secrets revealed. The recipes I’ve tried up to now have all turned out extremely well with everyone’s compliments”- Kimberley Italy

In this Chinese cookbook, Diana Kuan will bring Chinatown to your home with a collection of over 80 favorite Chinese takeout recipes to make right in your kitchen – main courses, noodle, and rice dishes, appetizers, and desserts—all easy-to-prepare and MSG-free.

In addition, this book will provide you with mouthwatering color photographs throughout as well as other useful cooking tips to make the cooking process simpler and more enjoyable.

About the author: Diana Kuan is a cooking instructor and a food writer who teaches Chinese cooking in Beijing and New York. Many of her articles on food and travel have appeared in Food & Wine, Gourmet, The Boston Globe, and Time Out New York.

She is the author of the blog Appetite for China, with over 6.5 million page views. Diana Kuan currently resides and teaches Chinese cooking at Whole Foods and the Institute for Culinary Education (ICE) in New York.

Easy Chinese Recipes: Family Favorites From Dim Sum to Kung Pao

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“It’s a great book. The recipes are good, it’s easy to follow, and the book is well illustrated.”- Michael McKeehan

In Easy Chinese Recipes, Bee Yinn Low will share her passion and expertise in Chinese cooking. This is a collection of Bee’s all-time favorite dishes. You will find updated traditional family recipes along with some of her own editions of the best Chinese restaurant dishes from across Asia.

A few of China’s favorite recipes will be found in this book, such as:

  • Crispy Shrimp Dumplings
  • Sweet-and-Sour Pork
  • Homestyle Chow Mein Noodles
  • Mongolian Beef
  • Kung Pao Chicken
  • And much more…

About the author: Bee Yinn Low is a Chinese-Malaysian, born and raised in Malaysia. Bee was a business executive at one of the world’s largest media companies, specializing in social media, online marketing, and international business development in the US, China, and other Asian Countries.

She owns a hugely successful and famous Asian recipes website at Rasa Malaysia ( This is currently the largest independent Asian recipe blog on the web.

All Under Heaven: Recipes from the 35 Cuisines of China [A Cookbook]

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“…is divided into 7 major regions of Chinese cuisines. There are some illustrations made by the author, and she provides essential ingredients for these recipes. The instructions are easy to understand…” – EPICurean M

This book gives you a comprehensive portrait of China’s culinary landscape and the geography and history that shaped it through more than 300 recipes.

With the recipes written with clear, step-by-step instructions (from simple Fried Green Onion Noodles to Lotus-Wrapped Spicy Rice Crumb Pork), All Under Heaven is like a handbook for the novice and a source of inspiration for the veteran chef.

About the author: Carolyn Phillips is a scholar, artist, food writer, and author of The Dim Sum Field Guide: A Taxonomy of Dumplings, Buns, Meats, Sweets, and Other Specialties of the Chinese Teahouse.

Her work has appeared in many places such as Lucky PeachGastronomicaBest Food Writing 2015Alimentum, BuzzFeed,  Zester Daily, Food52, Huffington Post as well as in her weekly blog, Madame Huang’s Kitchen  (Madame Huang Kitchen). She lived in Taiwan for eight years and married into a Chinese family over thirty years ago.

Katie Chin’s Everyday Chinese Cookbook: 101 Delicious Recipes from My Mother’s Kitchen

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“Really nice book. I have only done a couple of recipes in it, but they were delicious. I bought it on a recommendation, and I have been delighted with it.”-Tara Shipp

Author Katie Chin’s love for food grew from an early age after helping her famous mother, Leeann Chin, prepare delicious Chinese dishes in her famous restaurants. Her mother passed away in 2010, but Katie maintains and wants to share her mother’s food heritage with friends in this book.

This book contains a collection of family recipes with many unique dishes that the author has developed during six decades of food business, including classics that have been honored over time

Katie will give you the most amazing tips and techniques that allow anyone to create a mouthwatering and delicious Chinese meal at home.

About the author: Katie Chin was born and raised in Minneapolis. She is the author of 300 Best Rice Cooker Recipes and Everyday Thai Cooking and is Everyday Chinese Cooking (Clarkson Potter, 2000). Katie was the co-host with her mother, Leeann.

Raghavan Iyer is an IACP award-winning teacher of the year, and author of Betty Crock’s Indian Home Cooking, 660 Curries, and the James Beard Award Finalist The Turmeric Trail: Recipes and Memories from an Indian Childhood.

The Healthy Wok Chinese Cookbook: Fresh Recipes to Sizzle, Steam, and Stir-Fry Restaurant Favorites at Home

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“Amazing recipes and lovely photos!”- P. Gaye

This cookbook will show you how to create nutritious, satisfying versions of Chinese restaurant favorites in just one wok. With this versatile pan, you can steam veggies, stir-fry meats, simmer soup, and more.

This Chinese cookbook uses low sodium and sugar and suggestions for heart-healthy oils and lean cuts of meat. Many recipes include many variations, so you can choose and customize the flavor the way you like it.

About the author: Charmaine Ferrara grew up in Malaysia. This is also where she learned cooking for the first time from her mother and grandma. Besides, she is known as the author of the food blog Wok & Skillet, where she shares her passion for creating simple and delicious recipes with the world.

We hope you like this post and finally find out your favorite Chinese cookbooks. Meanwhile, we welcome you to explore our site and discover more cookbook recommendations from the same cuisine below.

Doris Frasier

Hi. I'm Doris! I am a foodie that has traveled to 78 countries and loves trying cuisines from different countries. I try anything related to food and share my opinions on this blog. Send me a message with any requests!
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