A Very Chinese Cookbook: 100 Recipes from China and Not China (But Still Really Chinese)
Named a Best Cookbook of 2023 by The New York Times and Serious Eats
James Beard Award winner Kevin Pang and his dad Jeffrey, hosts of the hit America’s Test Kitchen series Hunger Pangs, show you the way to delicious Chinese cooking in this accessible, funny, heartfelt cookbook.
From American Chinese classics (General Tso’s Chicken) to Sichuan street foods (Dan Dan Mian) and Hong Kong dim sum favorites (Shu Mai), A Very Chinese Cookbook is ideal for both the Chinese food-curious and experienced cooks seeking a weekend soup dumpling project.
Chock full of tips, techniques, stories, and friendly ingredient guides, with over 100 of ATK’s trademark rigorous recipes—and even a magic trick with fortune cookies—the cookbook in your hands is very practical, very personal, and very Chinese indeed.
- Two Generations of Storytelling: Jeffrey recounts a lifelong love of cooking that began in childhood, growing up in Hong Kong, cooking at his mother’s side, and exploring the street vendors and markets. Kevin dispenses practical wisdom that brings the recipes to life—why Beef Ho Fun is the mark of a great Cantonese chef; why Shu Mai is the world heavyweight champion of dumplings.
- Test Kitchen Techniques: From the basics of successful stir-frying to folding methods for Shanghai Soup Dumplings, careful instructions and abundant photos teach key steps.
- Chinatown Shopping Guide: From choosing the right soy sauce or vinegar to buying fresh noodles and seeking out superlative Buddhist-style chickens, let the Pangs be your trusted guides.
America's Test Kitchen publishes best-selling and award-winning
cookbooks, including The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook, Boards, and Best Mexican Recipes. It also publishes Cook's Illustrated and Cook's Country magazines and produces public television's top-rated shows, America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country.
Kevin Pang is a James Beard Award-winning food writer. At America's Test Kitchen, Kevin is Editorial Director for Digital and host of the podcast, Proof. Kevin was previously a restaurant critic at the Chicago Tribune, founder of the website The Takeout, and his documentary For Grace premiered at the 2015 South by Southwest Film Festival and later streamed on Netflix.
Jeffrey Pang is a retired businessman in the import-export industry. He's also an amateur YouTube chef whose Chinese cooking channel was featured in The New York Times Magazine in 2016. Jeffrey is the co-star of Hunger Pangs with his son Kevin, a video series for America's Test Kitchen. He lives in Seattle with his wife Catherine.