What to Cook in the Year of the Pig

Seira Wilson on February 04, 2019
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2019_YearOfPigPlanner.jpgFebruary 5th rings in the Chinese New Year and 2019 is the Year of the Pig. The year of the brown pig, to be exact. There are many traditions and taboos that must be honored during this celebration of spring and food plays an important role in setting up the coming year for health, happiness, and prosperity. 

Below are six (a lucky number for the Pig) cookbooks to help the uninitiated prepare some fantastic Chinese dishes to celebrate the New Year and to enjoy in the months ahead.



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Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking by Fuchsia Dunlop

Currently our top seller in Chinese cooking, this James Beard Award winning cookbook has earned accolades from well known chefs and home cooks alike.


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

Chinese comfort food made easy.  Author Hsiao-Ching Cho shares the recipe and techniques for recreating her famous pot stickers and other popular Chinese dishes. Cho believes that "any kitchen can be a Chinese kitchen" and her cookbook is full of enthusiasm and flavor.


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All Under Heaven: Recipes from the 35 Cuisines of China by Carolyn Phillips

A beautiful and comprehensive guide to the 35 cuisines of China, with 300 recipes and tons of fascinating information. This is the big daddy of Chinese cookbooks.


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Red Hot Kitchen: Classic Asian Chili Sauces from Scratch and Delicious Dishes to Make With Them by Diana Kuan

Hot chili sauces are a staple for many dishes and this cookbook covers nine fundamental sauces and 100 recipes to go with them. While Kuan includes a variety of Asian cuisines, Red Hot Kitchen has an entire chapter devoted to Sichuan chili oil and the delicious dishes to create with it.


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Double Awesome Chinese Food: Irresistible and Totally Achievable Recipes from Our Chinese-American Kitchen by Margaret Li

For many Americans, making Chinese food at home can be intimidating. Author Margaret Li and her siblings--the trio behind the Boston restaurant Mei Mei--ease the way by marrying authentic Chinese dishes with familiar American classics.


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Chinese Heritage Cooking From My American Kitchen: Discover Authentic Flavors with Vibrant, Modern Recipes by Shirley Chung

Top Chef veteran and fan favorite, Shirley Chung has written her first cookbook and in it she gives home cooks a variety of recipes, interesting history, and professional tips, for creating cutting edge Chinese food.



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