The Vegan Chinese Kitchen: Recipes and Modern Stories from a Thousand-Year-Old Tradition Overview

100+ fresh, plant-based, umami-packed recipes that show the range of traditional and modern Chinese vegan cuisine from the creator of The Plant-Based Wok.

When Hannah Che decided to become a vegan, she worried it would separate her from the traditions and food that her Chinese family celebrated. But that was before she learned about zhai cai, the plant-based Chinese cuisine that emphasizes umami-rich ingredients and can be traced back over centuries to Buddhist temple kitchens.

In The Vegan Chinese Kitchen, through gorgeous photography, stories, and recipes, Hannah Che shows us the magic of this highly developed and creative tradition in which nearly every dish in the Chinese repertoire can be replicated in a meatless way, such as Blistered Dry-Fried String Beans or Sweet and Sour Tofu. You’ll also find recipes that are naturally plant-based and as irresistible as they are nourishing, such as flaky scallion pancakes, corn stir-fried with peppers and pine nuts, or pea shoots braised in a velvety mushroom broth made with sesame-oil roux.

This book invites you to explore a whole world of flavors and ingredients.

About the Author

Hannah Che is a cook, writer, and photographer based in Portland, Oregon. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, she lived in China for several years with her family, and most recently, spent a year traveling throughout China and Taiwan training as a chef at the Guangzhou Vegetarian Culinary School. She is the creator of the blog The Plant-Based Wok.

Editorial Reviews

One of the ten best cookbooks of the year: The Washington Post, Simply Recipes
One of the best cookbooks of the year: The New York Times, Saveur, Vice, Epicurious, Library Journal

“Hannah has done a fantastic job in The Vegan Chinese Kitchen. The research and work for putting this book together were spot on. The recipes are very well written, with clear and detailed instructions, and the dishes are much more traditional than the ones we find in other Chinese cookbooks.” – The Cooking World. 2 January 2023. The Vegan Chinese Kitchen Review

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