Asia is, of course, a big place and it would be impossible to do justice to all the culinary heritage of that vast continent in a handful of cookbooks.
So, think of these as a masterclass introduction to the best of some Asian foods and you won’t be disappointed because these are truly great cookbooks. We recommend you get a copy of each one!
Maangchi’s Real Korean Cooking: Authentic Dishes for the Home Cook by Maangchi
With the whole world grooving to K-pop now, it seems time for Korean food to get its day in the sun and, of course, there’s plenty of kimchi here.
But Maangchi has taken Korean cookery far beyond pickles and the step-by-step beautifully photographed recipes here are absolutely amazing! You have to try them.
Coconut & Sambal: Recipes from my Indonesian Kitchen by Lara Lee
Indonesia is an amazing place and the island nation is spread over an archipelago of more than 10,000 islands many of them with their own food cultures!
This wonderful book by Lara Lee serves as an introduction to some of the best of the nation’s food and we love the history she teaches as she shows you how to cook too!
Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen by Leela Punyaratabandhu
Leela is considered to be one of Thailand’s top chefs and she knows that people are often afraid to tackle Thai food at home because it seems overwhelming.
So, this book doesn’t just contain recipes, it has buying instructions, online store guides and all the tips you need to prepare and store ingredients. It’s a tour de force of Thai!
The Food of Vietnam by Luke Nguyen
Vietnamese food is highly sought after thanks to its clever combinations of delicate flavors and Luke Nguyen loves them all.
This is a wonderful journey through Vietnam’s food cullture going from North to South and stopping in each region as we go. Part travelogue, part cookbook, it’s all tasty.
Easy Chinese Cookbook: Restaurant Favorites Made Simple by Chris Toy
Chris is considered to be a world class Chinese cooking insturctor and he offers you the chance to learn easy to prep and simple to serve Chinese restaurant style dishes.
Given how complex Chinese cookery can be, we love the fact that you can’t go wrong with the amazingly detailed recipes that he offers in a wonderfully organized collection of tasty treats.
Makan: Recipes from the Heart of Singapore by Elizabeth Haigh
Singaporean street food is simply the best street food in the world and that’s thanks to its multi-cultural influences from China, India, Malaysia, Britain and beyond.
Each of these dishes is easy to make, hearty and designed to fill the stomach of the hungriest worker. Oh and they are all delicious too. Hainan chicken for the win!
Indian-ish: Recipes and Antics from a Modern American Family by Priya Kishna
Indian food can be too much of a novelty for some and it puts people off trying it, Priya Krishna bridges the gap by skillfully blending American favorites with Indian food.
It’s fun, cozy and brings you whole new experiences like a roti pizza and who can say no to that? We loved every recipe.
Kaukasis: A Culinary Journey through Georgia, Azerbaijan & Beyond by Olia Hercules
There’s only one thing wrong with this cookbook which takes you on a tour of some of the less explored Asian cooking schools – it can be really hard to find the right ingredients.
If you want to make interesting and exciting food that will impress even the most well traveled of souls, though, it’s worth hunting those ingredients down. This food is delicious.
Atsuko’s Japanese Kitchen: Home-cooked comfort food made simple by Atsuko Ikeda
This wholesome, traditional cookbook focuses on the kind of meals served in real homes in Japan and it looks at all 8 culinary cultures present in the country.
You’ll find hearty meals meant to feed growing families rather than the delicate sushi and tempura of Japanese restaurants, it’s awesome!
The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen: Recipes for Noodles, Dumplings, Sauces, and More by Laura B Russell
Asian food cultures can be very inacessible if you have certain food allergies, that’s why Laura B Rusell’s tribute to gluten-free Asian food can be a literal life saver.
From sauces to dumplings, Laura shows you that a lack of gluten doesn’t mean a lack of taste.
Final Thoughts On Asian Cookbooks
This feels like an article that we might expand on in the future, it’s the perfect introduction to some of our favorite Asian cooking. These really are among the best Asian cookbooks but we think you’ll soon be hungry for more of them.
And we’ve got more great culinary knowledge from all over the world to share with you including the best Mexican Cookbooks, the best Greek Cookbooks and the best Filipino Cookbooks!