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The Chinese Takeout Cookbook: Quick and Easy Dishes to Prepare at Home Hardcover – December 11, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 11.11.2012 edition (December 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034552912X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345529121
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Diana Kuan chronicles America’s love affair with Chinese food. The Chinese Takeout Cookbook is the perfect reason to throw out those menus cluttering your kitchen drawers!”—Patricia Tanumihardja, author of The Asian Grandmothers Cookbook
 
“By reverse engineering some of America’s best-loved dishes, Diana Kuan takes us back to the roots of good, everyday Chinese cooking: fresh, seasonal, and really fast!”—Cathy Erway, author of The Art of Eating In
 
The Chinese Takeout Cookbook will inspire you to fire up your wok and re-create some of the most beloved American Chinese classics—all in less time than it would take to drive to a restaurant!”—Jaden Hair, author of The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook
 
“Diana Kuan has generously offered up a fresh helping of familiar Chinese favorites in this beautiful and easy-to-use cookbook.”—Kim Sunée, author of Trail of Crumbs

More About the Author

Diana Kuan is the author of The Chinese Takeout Cookbook (Random House/Ballantine 2012) and a cooking teacher in New York. Since 2007, she has published the popular Asian cooking site Appetite for China (appetiteforchina.com). Her writing on food and travel has also appeared in The Boston Globe, Gourmet, Food & Wine, and Time Out New York, among other publications. She has appeared on the CBS Early Show and other broadcast media. Her favorite foods include dumplings, traditional Japanese ramen, French onion soup, and noodles of all kinds.

Customer Reviews

The photos are beautiful and the recipes are easy to follow.
art vandelay
I highly recommend The Chinese Takeout Cookbook to anyone who enjoys both cooking and eating great Chinese food.
Joan
I bought this book yesterday, and am very impressed with the breadth of recipes after reading through it.
Jon

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Professor on January 19, 2013
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This is quite a book.
1. Recipes are reasonable - with fairly short ingredient lists that are available in most grocery stores like Wegmans. A wide vareity of appetizers, soups and entrees.
No recipes requiring eel, seaweed or other obscure ingredients. The book is instructive of the techniques that give Chinese takeout it unique texture (crispy) and taste. I like that the recipes in this book prepare a full quart or more of food. It is such a hassle to purchase special ingredients for these types of recipes and have leftover ingredients that get wasted.

2. Contains all the usual favorites from local restaurants. The title says it all for this book - this is a cookbook of takeout recipes. Note well: If you are looking for a "purist" book on Chinese recipes of regional cuisine - look elsewhere. Understand that this book is geared toward Asian / American palate. You can now make them at home and control the quality of the ingredients / sodium. The recipes deliver flavor that is similar to restaurants (Kung Pao, Generals, Sesame Noodles)

3. I love that there are photos of every recipe - the pages are high gloss. There are also explanations of techniques like velveting and for preparing the ingredients.

Update:
Sesame noodle recipe: On point. savory. Be sure to take the time to find the egg noodles - they give the dish a toothsome quality and richness not present with plan spagetti.

Mongolian: dont skip the fish sauce; it lends a note that is impossible to replicate. If you are not used to measuring while cooking you may want to do so. Measure the sauce exactly - otherwise the noodles absorb a large amount of sauce and become very salty and unsightly (very dark and oily looking)
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Sara on December 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I love the pictures and recipes in this book. I am getting hungry just turning the pages. The sweet chili shrimp recipe is one of my favorites. I like how this book is organized with each chapter containing a different section of a Chinese restaurant menu. The author also tells a story and gives some background information on many of the common ingredients found in Chinese dishes. When I'm craving Chinese takeout, cooking these dishes myself is now an option and a better choice. Many Chinese takeout places nowadays have food that is very greasy or seems to be low in quality. These recipes are high quality, authentic Chinese takeout recipes. I can't wait to try out more recipes.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Karla Kirchman-gray on December 21, 2012
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This IS by far the best cookbook I've ever bought myself! At first I was somewhat hesitated, but then, it was just easy. I was tired of ordering takeout and throwing money out the window; plus ordering takeout is not healthy! My favorites recipes that I've actually done are: Kung Pao Chicken, General Tso's and Yang Chow Fried Rice!!!
The best investment of a cookbook ever hands down! If you love Chinese takeout just as much as I do, then this book is for you!!!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Andrew'sMom on January 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have a plethora of Chinese cookbooks and I can honestly say this is the first time I have actually cooked from one. When I received this book I tabbed almost every recipe to try. I made the Spicy Black Bean Chicken and it was out of this world. I never got so much praise for a dish ever. The dishes taste complex but are simple to put together. The sesame chicken, General Tso's and sesame noodles - I will always use Diana's recipe - so delicious. Any fan of Chinese food should have this book in their collection. The photographs are beautiful and the recipes are brilliant!
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey on December 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I love Chinese and other Asian foods, but I've always been intimidated when I've considered trying to make some dishes myself. My girlfriend bought this for me recently and I've been really impressed so far. I've made the Kung Pao Chicken and the spring rolls and I am planning on trying on of the pork dishes next. So far, I have been very impressed with how the dishes have come out and how easy it has been to follow the recipes. The fact that you can regulate the quality of ingidients and the salt in the recipes is also a huge plus for me. All in all great value.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Zach L on December 26, 2012
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I am about as far from expert chef level as someone can get, but I can tell already this book is helpful for folks like me. The recipes are simple and easy to follow, and the writing is both engaging and accessible -- especially when the author includes some personal backstory on a particular dish. If you like Chinese food but have a busy schedule that limits available cooking time, this book will be a great help. Some good spicy dishes, too, if you like some spice. Well worth a buy.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jon on December 12, 2012
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I bought this book yesterday, and am very impressed with the breadth of recipes after reading through it. The author is very knowledgeable, and teaches you how to make all of your favorite takeout dishes. I think this is a great idea for any aspiring chef who is tired of ordering from their local Chinese restaurant, and wants to make healthier versions of those dishes with fresh ingredients. I highly recommend buying it for yourself, or anyone else who loves to cook!
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45 of 54 people found the following review helpful By breezed on March 21, 2013
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Please note that this is a comment solely on one annoyance in the kindle edition. Though I have yet to prepare any recipes, so far they look tasty and I hope to make many of them. I see many of the items that I order when I get take out.

This review is just a heads up for those who wish to buy the kindle version. There is no list of the recipes. The table of contents lists categories as appetizers, poultry, etc., but you have to page through the chapter to see what recipes it actually contains. No list of recipes, no index. This is a minor problem, but a really annoying one for a book I expect to use frequently.
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