The Key to Chinese Cooking

By Irene Kuo

Original Publisher
Date of publication


Discover the fundamental techniques and methods of Chinese cooking. This welcoming novice’s guide teaches the four major methods of Chinese cuisine through easy-to-follow beginner’s recipes and offers over 300 authentic Chinese dishes for foreign cooks to try. Enjoy fresh, delicious Chinese meals right at home!

from the publisher

Analyses of and explicit instruction in the fundamental techniques of Chinese cooking are followed by more than three hundred recipes for simple and exotic, traditional and original main and side dishes

Recommended by

Ken Hom


This is probably the best cookbook ever that really explains the essence and soul of Chinese food and cooking. It is written on a level that I aspire to when I write cookery books.

Anne Mendelson

Author and editor

Jonathan White

China-based food writer

Brandon Jew

Chef/owner, Mister Jiu; San Francisco, CA