Mooncakes and Milk Bread
Sweet and Savory Recipes Inspired by Chinese Bakeries
by Kristina Cho
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Pub Date 12 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 13 Dec 2022
Harper Horizon, Harper Celebrate
2022 JAMES BEARD AWARD WINNER • Baking and Desserts
2022 JAMES BEARD AWARD WINNER • Emerging Voice, Books
ONE OF THE TEN BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New Yorker Magazine, The New York Times
ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR: Time Out, Glamour, Taste of Home
Food blogger Kristina Cho (eatchofood.com) introduces you to Chinese bakery cooking with fresh, simple interpretations of classic recipes for the modern baker.
Inside, you’ll find sweet and savory baked buns, steamed buns, Chinese breads, unique cookies, whimsical cakes, juicy dumplings, Chinese breakfast dishes, and drinks. Recipes for steamed BBQ pork buns, pineapple buns with a thick slice of butter, silky smooth milk tea, and chocolate Swiss rolls all make an appearance--because a book about Chinese bakeries wouldn’t be complete without them
In Mooncakes & Milk Bread, Kristina teaches you to whip up these delicacies like a pro, including how to:
- Knead dough without a stand mixer
- Avoid collapsed steamed buns
- Infuse creams and custards with aromatic tea flavors
- Mix the most workable dumpling dough
- Pleat dumplings like an Asian grandma
This is the first book to exclusively focus on Chinese bakeries and cafés, but it isn’t just for those nostalgic for Chinese bakeshop foods--it’s for all home bakers who want exciting new recipes to add to their repertoires.
“Kristina’s book is a trip down memory lane, an evocative look at the foods that made me happy as a child and that are laced with nostalgia for me as an adult. Every page of Mooncakes and Milk Bread is a treat, with beloved cakes and not- too- sweet favorites that felt unattainable to create myself at home, until now. Kristina’s stories about growing up in her family’s Chinese restaurant and greeting her ‘aunties and uncles’ at dim sum are full of heart and soul, providing a window into a vibrant part of American culture that has brought joy to so many. And joy is a good word to sum up Kristina’s book. It is more than a Chinese baking book— it is a triumphant celebration of how food brings people from different generations and cultures together. I’ve never been so excited to bake and steam!” — HETT Y MCKINNON, FOOD WR ITER, AUTHOR OF FOUR
“This book brought tears to my eyes. Some of my tastiest childhood memories were at Chinese bakeries, and these photos, stories, and recipes have both transported me back in time and provided fresh inspiration to re-create these memories at home. I am truly in awe of Kristina’s ability to evoke nostalgia while also infusing new life into this genre of food that hasn’t, until now, gotten the attention it deserves. Mooncakes and Milk Bread is a stunning, thorough, delicious, and important piece of work.” — MOLLY YEH, COOKBOOK AUTHOR AND FOOD NETWORK HOST
“Kristina Cho’s book is a long overdue collection of the artistry and sweet and savory flavors of Chinese baking. I can’t think of another book that made me want to make every single thing! Delving into the history of Chinese bakeries, visits to and recipes from popular traditional Chinese bakeries, including her grandfather’s own almond cookie recipe, Kristina makes everything accessible— no easy feat for pastries that always leave me in awe, wondering, How do they make that?! This book is an absolute treasure.” — LIZ PRUEITT, FOUNDER, TARTINE
“Mooncakes and Milk Bread serves as a love letter to the Chinese bakeries of our childhoods but also as a guide for a new generation of fans, who can now bake their own pineapple buns (always with a slice of cold butter), the most perfect Chinese sponge cake, and everything else on the bakery rack— all from the comfort of their own homes.” — BIN CHEN AND ANDREW CHAU, COFOUNDERS OF BOBA GUYS AND AUTHORS OF THE BOBA BOOK
“You can almost smell the magical aroma of freshly baked buns and steamed dumplings through the pages as you thumb through Mooncakes and Milk Bread. Kristina takes readers on a journey from Hong Kong to Cleveland to San Francisco and beyond, guiding us through the many typologies of Chinese American bakeries, like grab- and- go and takeaway. This book is filled with a beautiful blend of traditional recipes and new takes and twists on nostalgic classics. Ready your heart and belly for what’s sure to be an instant favorite.” — AL ANA KYSAR, AUTHOR OF ALOHA KITCHEN
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Love the format and the beautiful, colorful photos. Each recipe is less intimidating than I expected.
Born into a Chinese American restaurant family, Cho trained as an architect and lived and worked in San Francisco, starting a blog (Eat Cho Food) because her profession didn’t fully satisfy her need to create. A move to Inner Richmond, the city’s unofficial second Chinatown, further inspired: “What was most helpful in the transition from architecture to food was the unrelenting process of iteration and development.” Architecture taught her to “balance artistry with precision when explaining techniques, presenting dishes and writing recipes.” What is so special about Cho’s book is how it is rooted in a diasporic experience of cooking, eating, and the recreation of food memories. Recipes for many of Cho’s favourite Chinese bakery offerings are hard to find (she cites Hot Dog Flower Buns, Brown Sugar Shao Bing, and Macau-style chocolate-hazelnut cookies as examples), and she wanted to change that.
“Aside from copious amounts of food, you’ll also find community in a Chinese bakery,” she writes in her introductory notes. Her book reflects this, introducing readers to four respected Chinese bakeries in the USA and outlining different establishments from ‘grab and go’ to ‘sit-down cafes’, the latter modelled on Hong Kong’s cha chaa tengs. There’s a guide on how to shop at an Asian grocery store, lots of intricately pleated detail about ingredients and techniques, and an exploration of foundational bread before we dive into the many recipes using these. And what recipes! Honey Pistachio Moon Cakes, Snow Skin Icecream Moon Cakes, Black Sesame Souffle Cheesecake, Rose Siu Mai, Bacon and Kale Potstickers, Everything Bagel Bao, Asian Pear Turnovers with Miso Glaze all excite me, but the entire recipe index will fill your heart with longing. My only criticism is the fact that not all recipes have volume and metric measurements. Some do, and some don’t, resulting in a bit of extra work for less confident cooks.
Accessible Chinese breads, buns and delicacies.
I have never really made Chinese milk bread, steamed buns or even the iconic egg tarts, but this book made me think I could. Reading this book brought back fond memories of visiting China Town on Mauna Kea street in Honolulu to pick up egg tarts and "triangles" pie crust filled with char-sui. I enjoyed the stories, the history lesson and how well thought out the recipes were. I will definitely try to make the egg tarts, the savory pancakes and possibly attempt mild bread. I also have anew appreciation for moon cakes and their unique molds.
As a lover of Asian culture and baker and lover of baked goods myself I was thrilled to pick up this book. Coming from a heavily Asian-influenced part of Texas and being a huge fan of my own accord this book has to be one of the best guides I’ve ever seen on how to make the treats I love so much at my local bakeries and from some of the more famous chains like Mozart Bakery and 85°C.
These bakeries and the baked goods inside of them have become such an integral part of my convention experience; I now end each successful panel with hot tea and a slice of cake and more from Mozart Bakery. My friends and I shop at 85°C early into the weekend to load up on snacks and bread for the hotel room and I get one more trip in so I can bring these treats back home with me where I lack easy access to such delicacies.
Fortunately now, with the help of this book, I can make some of these recipes at home. No recipe seemed overly difficult and is written in a way that is fun, enlightening and instructional without babying me (a moderately seasoned [pun!]) baker.
I highly recommend Mooncakes & Milkbread to anyone who wants to learn more about baking, the cultural significance of many of the baked goods you may already love or simply want to learn more about a baking culture that may be different for you.
Mooncakes & Milkbread by Kristina Cho is out October 12, 2021
Do not read this book when you are hungry! This is an excellent cook book to familiarize you with Chinese cooking. There are many photos and recipes throughout. It walks you through getting the items you will need to create the recipes and each step to create the dish. They are time consuming though so you will have to set aside some time to make the potstickers. The Jook will be one of my first recipes to try though the Bacon and Kale potstickers sound enticing to me.
Thanks to the author,publisher, and NetGalley for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
Delightful and practical, Mooncakes and Milk Bread contains recipes for delicious Chinese bakery treats. These tasty treats range in difficulty from weeknight Parmesan Rolls to the all-day adventure that are Mooncakes. Well laid out and written for those who have never made steamed buns or milk bread before - it certainly inspired me to try both, and now I can't stop making them. My kitchen smells lovely, my flour is running out.
I was debating between a 4 and a 5 with this book because it’s definitely not for everyone nor are the recipes super easy or accessible, but that said, the book accomplishes exactly what it set out to do in extraordinary fashion and for that reason I settled on 5 stars.
The book itself is beautiful, featuring pictures of just about every recipe as well as other photos to help you understand the instructions. The recipes themselves are laid out quite well (measuring things in grams instead of cups), and while some instructions seemed a little unclear to me (like what does shaggy dough look like? (From the milk bread recipe)) as a whole the instructions were clear and made the challenge of tackling Chinese baking seem less daunting.
That said, the book brings back all the nostalgic memories of bakeries in Hong Kong and is packed with just about every recipe you could want. Some are familiar ones I’ve always wanted to attempt making, other are new to me but sound delicious, and others still might not exactly fit my tastebuds but have a good place in this book.
While I cannot imagine myself cooking everything in here simply because of the amount of time, equipment (though she gives good substitutions), and effort needed, I know this is the kind of book I would certainly turn to for all things dumplings and Chinese baking. It is beautiful, detailed, and unique in what it presents, so while the book may not be for everyone, for those looking to dive into the other side of Chinese cooking, this is a really great book to help you do that.
I'm so excited to try all of the recipes in Mooncakes and Milk Bread. The book is such a personal story and love of food, home, and culture. The photos are beautiful yet I wish the instructions were numbered. It's a bit daunting to me to venture outside of my baking comfort zone and I'm grateful that the author has shared this part of herself with others to expand our lives a bit more.
This book was amazing!!! One of the first Cantonese Chinese cookbooks in English. I cannot wait to try out some of the recipes. The photos are beautiful and the writing allows you to connect with the author's culture.
Kristina Cho shares more than just recipes in her cookbook “Mooncakes and Milk Bread”. She also shares her personal experiences growing up and living as a Chinese American in the United States. She also shares stories of her family history and some bakeries that are famous and important in Chinese American food history.
There is all of this, but there are also many, many delicious looking easy to follow recipes. As well as beautiful photography. This cookbook should be a staple for any baker who wants to experiment with new food or experience food that they can taste and think of their history and feel at home.
Ah. I love this book because the content bring me back to my childhood with my mom and grandma handmade bread and snack. I cant cook as good as both of them but this book make me want too.
Not only provide us with amazing recipes, the author give us a storybook about Chinesse snacks and sweet. She share about her experience and suggestion to get perfect ingredients and tools. some of it easy to replace with modern tools so dont overwhelmed with that list.
Overall this is a one stop book when you need knowledge and delicious recipe of Chinesse sweets and snack.
Thanks Netgalley for providing me this amazing book. Love it.
To say I loved this book would certainly be an understatement. This book felt like learning family recipes with a seat at the author's table. The recipes were clear and concise and the stories felt short, sweet and intimate. So many of these buns and dumplings I always considered impossible or too much work. But, Kristina Cho made them all so approachable. I just made the Steamed Cupcakes for Chinese New Year and the secret ingredient blew my mind (and my family's). Such a great book to bring childhood eats back to my kitchen.
Kristina Cho's Mooncakes and Milk Bread is an exciting book, since it seeks to bring the largely as yet unexplored world of Chinese baking to the fore. Books on Chinese cooking have far too long focused mainly on wok based dishes, stir fries, soups and other techniques, whereas Cho's book feels like an outlier. Peppered with beautiful photographs and easily achievable recipes, the book sets approachable goals for both beginner bakers and enthusiasts curious to experiment with Asian style baking. Everything from savory and sweet to breakfast dishes, cakes and tarts, Cho's book is a delight to look at and to bake with.
This cookbook is filled with nostalgic recipes of some of my favorite treats growing up. Im not really a baker but excited to try my hand at it soon. This book made me hungry! Brought back a lot of happy childhood memories..
I'm an indifferent bread baker at best (I prefer cookies or traybakes), but this book has made me want to try baking something yeasted. I say this a person who is near to several different Asian and Western bakeries.
The recipes are easy to read and understand (though I have not yet tried to make anything) and the pictures are lovely. I definitely found this easier to browse on my computer than on my kindle (screen size, maybe?). The steps are easily followed, with generous explanations.
All in all, a lovely cook book and cannot wait to try some recipes out.
I love how this book is constructed. Mooncakes and Milk Bread starts off with the Mother of All Milk Bread recipe and builds off of that. Different from other cookbooks that are full of completely different recipes, this one is full of recipes that begin with the same milk bread recipe. I love how it really gets you to become an expert in the dough recipe and shows you the different ways you can use it. The book is inspired by Chinese bakeries and the Chinese American experience, which I think is a unique perspective in modern baking. This is a great addition to any cookbook library.
Thank you NetGalley for this ARC!
I really love this cookbook. It feels like part essay, combined with amazing recipes. Cho shares so many details of her life and childhood and how it connects with her food journey and what she makes. Not only did I get a bunch of new recipes to try to make, I got to read really intimate and personal writings about the author. I recommend this to anyone who's potentially interested!
Anyone who hasn’t been to an Asian bakery has really missed out. The baked goods are unique, and always fresh and delicious. If you don’t have access to a good Asian bakery, you can actually duplicate these baked goods at home. Kristina Cho ‘s excellent cookbook, Mooncakes and Milk Bread: Sweet and Savory Recipes Inspired by Chinese Bakeries shows how in step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow.
Although the recipes are the main attraction in this cookbook, Cho has included information that is very helpful to all who aren’t familiar with Asian baking such as “How to Shop at an Asian Grocery Store,” as well as essential equipment. She also showcases several excellent Chinese bakeries in the US.
I love this cookbook! I have visited Asian grocery stores in Japan and China, as well as Hawaii and locations in the mainland US with large Asian populations. The baked goods are mouthwatering and I’ve tried to duplicate them, mostly without much success. Now, with this cookbook I have been able to bake some of my favorites. I must admit that I have even adapted some of the recipes to make the dough in the automatic bread machine to save time and have had perfect results.
There are enough appealing recipes to keep readers baking for months. Every time I peruse this cookbook, my baking queue gets longer. The cookbook inspires me to stay home and bake, and it will inspire readers to do the same. This cookbook is highly recommended.
Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.
There are no words to describe how fantastic this book is and to say my daughter and I loved this book would be an absolute understatement. Honestly, I almost never read the backstories of the creator, but this is so much more than "just" a recipe book... It's nostalgia, warmth and love wrapped in a beautiful bow.
We can't wait to make these recipes, because believe you me, we will be making most, if not all, of the recipes!
This really is the perfect cookbook. I've been a fan of Chinese dishes my whole life, but I've never seen a book with every single recipe I could want in one place...until now.
I like that most of it is from scratch, so you can really have fun with it. And when you make dough for one thing, it can also serve as dough for several other things as well, so it's not as complicated as it may seem at first glance. Every recipe also has accompanying pictures, so you know what it's supposed to come out as, and how you're supposed to get to that point (for example how to properly fold buns).
I love that this focuses on so much of the science of baking and also uses weights for measurements. I hate washing spoons and cups when I could just use my scale to measure the perfect amounts. Also appreciate all of the pictures, including steps for rolling out and shaping doughs.
And, there's a lot of history, about the author's family, other families with similar baking/restaurant backgrounds in different cities, as well as the origins of the recipes themselves. Like I said, perfect cookbook.
I can't wait to have this on my shelf so I can just pop it open and try something new whenever I have time.
This cookbook is so much more than just a compilation of recipes and ingredient descriptions. You can really feel the heart, the love that the author poured into this. It radiates with the warmth of nostalgia and cultural adoration. When I get a cookbook, I’ll often skip over the longer bits of text. I don’t usually read introductions at all! But something about the way Cho writes makes this cookbook so inviting. Like a warm hug.
Each recipe is thorough and easy to understand. I love that there is a base dough that you can use to create so many different recipes. Each bun, bread, and confection is enough to make your mouth water, with pictures that practically emit sweet-smelling steam.
I’ll be purchasing this book once it’s available and cannot wait to add it to my collection. Highly recommend!
Mooncakes and Milk Bread is one of the first cooking books I have given a review to, and it is also quite different from other cookbooks I've read.
I loved the amount of cultural information put into this book. As someone who is not familiar with Chinese culutre, I enjoyed learning about the recipes I was looking at.
I think there were only a couple of items in this book that I am familiar with, and definitely tabbed a few options to try and make myself. That being said, I wish the format of the book was a little cleaner in the way the recipes are set up. I think the wordiness of the actual recipe can be cute down to simpler instructions. I understand this is a preference for the way people consume cookbooks, but if I am following a recipe, I like to be able to easily pinpoint the information I am needing.
Overall, a book I recommend any cookbook enthusiast, or anyone interested in Chinese Cuisine and culture pick up.
↠ 4 stars
This is a delightful cookbook, laying out what might strike some as seemingly complex items in simple terms, so that anyone can make this delicious baked goods.
Both a great introduction for people new to this type of cuisine and an excellent book for people who grew up with this to feel seen, this is a great book, both for recipes and for representation of a part of the American melting pot.
Mooncakes and Milk Bread is a delightful cookbook. First, I can tell it's going to get me out of the box when baking. There are so many baked goods in the book I've never heard of or tasted, so it's really exciting to think about experiencing something new to me. Second, I really appreciate the way the book is laid out. Sometimes cookbooks go the route of having seven pages of story for every recipe, but this one shared stories that brought the recipe home while still being an actual cookbook. I like to have a photo for most every recipe in a cookbook, and Mooncakes and Milk Bread has that. I also love that a lot of savory bakes are included, and it's not all sweets.
I'd recommend Mooncakes and Milk Bread to anyone looking for a great quality cookbook on Chinese baking.
Thank you Kristina Cho and Harper Horizon for granting me access to an ARC of this book.
Mooncakes and Milk Bread by Kristina Cho makes me so hungry. That is often the case when cookbook authors provide you with gorgeous photos that accompany their recipes. There is a lot I want to try on this book: savory buns, milk bread, egg custard tarts...etc.
The write-ups that accompany each recipe are entertaining to read as well. This is a great cookbook and I can't wait to try the recipes!
Not only is this book beautiful to look at, but you can also feel the love behind the recipes. I loved the author's personal story combined with the most precious photos. I personally have a similar background to the author so it really stood out to me right away. A book for me! So cool! But even if you just love Asian baking you will love this book. She even goes through how to shop at an Asian store. The recipes were simple and easy to understand. The pictures were descriptive and beautiful. I almost squealed when I saw the recipe for the hot dog flower buns as that was (and still is) my go-to at any Asian bakery. There are even drink recipes! Highly recommend!
Well thought out recipes! I enjoyed reading the author's experiences too. The recipes in the cookbook reminded me of the pastries that I ate when I was young. Definitely nostalgic!
I'm obsessed. Not only are these recipes lovely, but the pictures!!! Oh, the pictures! I am so so happy that this book includes step by step photos with recipes that require folding or combining doughs. I'm an absolute dunce when trying to figure out what exactly recipes mean as they describe how an item is meant to be shaped. These photos were such a life saver!
Baking is a great way to spend your down time. Trying other cuisines baking is a great way to challenge yourself, and be rewarded with some delicacy that you may have never tried otherwise.
The baking has been split into seven different sections; Bread, Bao and Bing, Not-Too-Sweet Buns, Pork Buns and Beyond, Gao (Cakes & Tarts), No Fortune Cookies, Chinese Breakfast, and Sips. Before we get to the recipes though, have a section on how to shop at an asian grocery store, essential equipment and ingredients for a better bake.
There are plenty of recipes to try out, personally I cannot wait to Milk Bread, homemade Steamed Bun Dough, Miso Corn Buns (combining two of my favourite ingredients in bread sounds like an amazing idea), and Dan Tat.
A good book on Chinese baking that I would recommend to most people.
I loved this book. Being Italian I found the recipes really original, exsotic and new, and loved the layout and photos too. I would definitely buy a physical copy, the only donwside is that it's difficult to find in Europe unless you pay a big import fee. I hope a UK or Italian publisher makes a UK/Italian edition, so I can have my physical copy too. I will certainly try some recipes soon.
I was so excited to see this on Netgalley since it’s not even on order at my library yet. This book is gorgeous! There are so many photos showing explanations and the finished product looks so good. There are some cookbooks that you own just for the beauty and this might be one. haha. Although, there are a lot of things that I want to try. I think the Coconut Jasmine Cream Buns look amazing! I would have to talk my husband into it since he’s not the biggest coconut fan but they just look too good. There’s also a Deep Dish Pepperoni Bread that I’m absolutely going to try. I will be buying this book for sure.
Thanks to Harper Horizon for an e-galley of this book for review.
Thank you Netgalley for allowing me to read and review this title! All thoughts and opinions are my own.
This book is absolutely fantastic. I've only made a few recipes so far, but everything has been wonderful - especially the milk bread, which is the base for so many others.
The instructions for each recipe are clear and easy to follow. The stories and photos are wonderful and made me feel a connection to these dishes, even though I didn't grow up eating these
I received a digital copy of this for review purposes, but I'm going to grab a copy next time I'm at a bookstore - this deserves a permanent spot on my cookbook shelf.
Wonderful cookbook for a niche baking topic I don't often see. Everything included looks so delicious and the recipes were easy to follow.
Moon cakes and milk bread by Kristina Cho is a wonderfully warm book written with love about the baking traditions of Cho’s Chinese American family and show’s how easy it is to learn these baking techniques and recipes. This book is easy to read and learn from with lots of step by step pictures and shopping guides. I loved milk bread myself and have always wanted to learn to make it and this book gave me the tools to finally do it. :)
I suggest this book for anyone who loves baking or wants to learn Chinese recipes.
I absolute loved this book! If you grew up visiting Chinese bakeries and always wondered how to make certain treats, you will love this book, too. It brought back so many wonderful memories. Kristina Cho's writing style is very inviting and makes the reader feel as if they are talking to an old friend.
I would recommend this book to all bakers ... beginners to advanced. Kristina Cho sets you up for success. She walks you through the different tools and ingredients you will need for various recipes. Each chapter is dedicated to a different category of recipes such as bread, buns, cakes & tarts, and so on. She even includes some savory treats as well. I chose the matcha Swiss roll recipe as my first baking project from this book. It turned out delicious! I am excited to try her other recipes.
What I enjoyed the most is that Kristina Cho shares interesting stories throughout the book ... whether it's about the history of Chinese baking, her family and some famous bakeries. A truely delightful read.
I received a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I am grateful to NetGalley for the opportunity review this book.
This is an incredible book filled to the brim with delicious Chinese baked goods. All of the pictures make each item look mouth-watering and the directions and pretty easy to follow. I can't wait to try out all of the recipes!
This is an awesome cookbook for people interested in Chinese bakery pastries. It has great recipes and beautiful pictures.
Wow this cookbook was packed full of so many recipes that I wanted to try. It was well put together and filled with valuable information. It began with an informative chapter on the different ingredients that you would find throughout the recipes. There was a great section on how to properly shop in an Asian market which for me was quite helpful. It gave me a list of equipment that would be used and I learned some new things before I even got to the actual recipes. I went through all the recipes because I always love trying a few. The first one I tried was the Crispy Chinese Sausage and Cilantro Pancakes. I love savory anything so this was an easy choice. They didn't come out perfectly but I never expect my first try to but what they lacked in beauty the taste definitely made up for it. I'll definitely try them again and perfect them with each new try. The second recipe I tried was the Coffee Crunch Swiss Roll, I love making rolls, anytime I come upon a new recipe for one I love to try it. This turned out really well, probably because I make this type of dessert often throughout the year. There are so many recipes that I want to try and look forward to doing so in the future. The recipes were easy to follow but you do have to take the time to read each properly and follow them to the letter, especially when it comes to baking.
I heard so many good things about this book and couldn't wait to get my hands on this one, boy was I excited to try recipes from it!
Kristina Cho's recipes are thorough, easy to follow, and well-written. This book has lots of beautiful pictures and is very well laid out, so even if you are not familiar with yeast breads such as milk bread or Chinese sweets, you can easily understand and create gorgeous baked goods! This book also has good amount of sweet treats and savory baked goods to satisfy both tastebuds and the recipes are streamlined and well organized and thoughtful, so it's really a great read for people who love baking. I've managed to try out several recipes in two weeks, starting with milk bread (a must!), cocktail buns, chocolate Nutella loaf, just to name a few and they all were a huge hit!
I have a long list of must-bake from this book and can hardly wait to bake them all. Get yourself a copy and enjoy baking. Who doesn't love milk bread, right?
Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Horizon for this eARC of Mooncakes and Milk Bread by Kristina Cho. This recipe book is a labor of love! Not only does this book provide its reader with wonderful recipes and creative ideas for modifying and serving, but it also serves as a biography of Kristina's family restaurant, highlights Chinese bakery hotspots from all over the country, and teaches lessons in Chinese culture. I learned so much by reading this lovely book, and enjoyed every second of perusing the delicious treats detailed in these pages. I have always been intimidated at the prospect of baking my own bread, but the myriad recipes for how to use milk bread has enticed me to try! Highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to branch out in their baking, or learn more about a different food culture.
This book really appealed to me, it is not just a recipe/cookbook but a story about the culture around the Chinese American way of cooking. It is quite a large book of over 300 pages, but it is well worth the read. The information and techniques are well explains and the mooncakes and milk breads are very varied and interesting. From a young age, I have always loved the look of the Chinese shop windows and was intrigued by the wonderful ingredients displayed.
These recipes are modern but have not lost the culture and style of their origin. Really lovely and interesting book
A really easy-to-follow cookbook with intriguing recipes. Perfect for pandemic baking needs! Recommended.
I received this book for free from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I know nothing about cooking Chinese food so I went into this not knowing what to expect but this book looked extremely interesting.
I am so glad I checked it out! The pictures are beautiful, the stories are interesting, the recipes are delicious and simple enough for someone like me to actually cook them. There are even picture instructions on a lot of the more difficult parts such as rolling certain dough.
I can highly suggest this book all around. A definite keeper for the shelf. I actually went out and purchased a hard copy.
I will never be able to make such delectable treats as Ms. Cho, such as the Matcha and Jasmine Swiss Roll. But, she sends you down a memory lane of Chinese and Chinese-American culture, with delish recipes and information aplenty. I was especially happy to see a recipe for steamed buns, which is a Korean favorite as well ... I can never quite get the right recipe for it. I am going to try it out this weekend! I also appreciated the photographs.
I've never really been into cookbooks much, but earlier this year I read a book called Taste Makers by Mayukh Sen, which is a great testament to female immigrant cooks and really opened my eyes to what a cookbook could be. Originally, the cover and title of this book caught my eye.
The first part of the book has a great introduction to Kristina's immigrant family and how her family and the streets of Hong Kong have always inspired her even in the diaspora. She also talks about how to find Chinese ingredients in shops and some methods regarding baking tools. It's filled with pictures and reads like a memoir, which I am learning cookbooks really go hand in hand with. The book is then broken down into different categories of Chinese breads, tarts, cakes, etc.
I am not much of a baker myself, but my coworker is and is familiar with milk bread. We even made the milk bread recipe from the cookbook in our work kitchen! All in all, this is a great cookbook and a beautiful way to introduce Chinese baking to a western audience without compromising what makes it Chinese.
Thank you to netgalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review!
I was so very hungry while reading this book.
The pictures are wonderful. I especially appreciate the way that complicated or unusual bread forms are shown step by step. It is an excellent tool in a book like this.
I really loved reading the stories behind the author's love for baked goods. The tales of how her grandfather immigrated to America and opened a restaurant, and how food connects her to her community are all really lovely to read. This is a book that not only has inspired me to get back in the kitchen and try baking again, but also has me wanting to sit down with a glass of wine and just read it while looking at the pictures.
It feels cozy... and delicious.
A long awaited book. At least in the culinary community. A well respected blogger opens the world of Chinese sweets to the reading public. Milk bread garnered thousands of likes during the pandemic. Ms Cho gives us her tried and true recipe. I can say from experience it is easier than others I have tried.We get a bit of historical background to accompany the recipes all adding structure and understanding to how a recipe endures.
To quote this book: “Chinese bakeries have been around for a long time and deserve time in the spotlight.” And now I can’t wait for it to have time in the spotlight in my kitchen.
As someone who enjoys reading cookbooks, this book is a dream. It is very thorough and easy to understand. Rather than just having a hit list of recommended equipment, it has a paragraph for every time describing why it is important. Same goes for ingredients, this helps give the “why” behind each ingredient and step and I find that very helpful!
I see this as a book that will help elevate my skills in the kitchen, not to mention that I have pretty much every page bookmarked.
This book is very clear, even for a total novice like myself. I finally understand how to use some of the tools after reading this cookbook, and I find myself eager to jump in and get started. As with all cookbooks, I with there were more photos. I think there should be photos on every page! This is a great book though, with detailed explanations.
This book was such a lovely combination of recipes, stories, and technique. I found it easily accessible as someone who was pretty familiar with the foods in the book, but not very comfortable with baking, because Kristina Cho breaks down complex techniques into simple, doable steps, and transforms bakery dishes into those you can make comfortably at home. My favorite recipes in the book were the ones for everything bagel bao and Chinese puff pastry, but I would happily make and eat almost every recipe in the book. I loved the vivid, honest, and sweet stories about Chinese-American bakeries, family, and culture woven together with delicious recipes.
I really loved the pictures on this one they look so awesome and inviting, it helps a lot too since you usually need a little visual help to see if the recipe it’s going along well or if it looks almost as the one there.
The instructions seems very easy to follow and they are very step by step I loved that so you can see and read what are you doing so you can try to recreate it.
I got inspired a lot from this book will be doing a lot of baking soon.
And even some gifting on xmas since there’s a lot of cookies and desserts here.
Overall: 5/5 Stars
Book Cover: 5/5
Content of Book: 5/5
The cover is stunning and is what immediately drew me to this book - The photography is stunning throughout.
Each recipe is accompanied by a photograph which is something I look for in a cookbook. I am a visual learner so seeing the final product is something that will make me pick up the book time and time again.
I have yet to try any recipes, but I am looking forward to testing them out!
*I received this book as a digital advance reader copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.*
This just a beautiful c0oking book throughout. The photography is stunning from the first page – you can really tell Kristina Cho put so much love into this project. It's incredibly informative, from the guides to kitchen essentials to Cho's stories about growing up, her favourite bakeries and the history of Chinese breads and sweets. I can really appreciate that some recipes contain step-by-step images — I'm not a particularly great baker, so it's good to have clear explanations and examples of the progress. Overall, this is truly a valuable book – it's insightful, fun, and something that would look amazing on any shelf.
This impressive book is loaded with recipes, photos, and step by step directions. Mooncakes, and Milk Bread is a book loaded and aimed at Chinese bakery recipes! The sheer amount of recipes in this book is amazing and no other book I have ran across offers such a selection of information, step by step pictures and recipes both sweet and savory! This book is a real treasure and I am excited to make the recipes contained within!
This book is so much more than just "mooncakes and milk bread"--it tells the story of the rich culinary heritage. Reading the recipes (youtiao, pineapple buns, custard buns, egg tarts, the butter cookies... just to mention a few) makes my mouth water and brings me back to my childhood! The little snippets of stories, cafes, and lovely photographs make this book even better.
I wasn't sure how much variety would be in this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. There are a whole lot of recipes to try out here and they're presented in a way that makes them seem approachable and possible. I also liked the mix of traditional and modern/western takes on recipes. There's something in here for everyone and I'm excited to get backing! Lovely, helpful photos as well.
I reviewed a copy of Mooncakes and Milkbread from NetGalley, and I was impressed with the sheer variety of the recipes and step-by-step photographic instruction. At first, I wondered why the recipes weren't listed in the table of contents (just the categories), but when I saw the appendix, I realized there were too many to list in there, so I guess it made sense to put it in the back.
The step-by-step photography of the steps, as well as the ingredients listed in both US and metric measurements, really show how much thought was put into making this book as useful and universally appealing as possible. I don't live in an area where Asian bakeries are readily available, but to have this as a reference for when I have a craving is invaluable. Highly recommended!
I first heard about Mooncakes and Milk Bread from the New York Times article "Seven Dazzling New Cookbooks Bring the World to Your Table." As soon as I saw this book, I knew I had to see it. It's such a treat to find a cookbook of authentic Chinese baking - it's not something you stumble upon often - and one that is written with such passion is just so much the better. I adore the subtle flavors and sweetness of east Asian bakery treats but have always had to go to a restaurant or bakery for them as I've never been able to find suitable recipes; this book definitely changes that for these delectable Cantonese treats.
Although the recipes may not be familiar to many in this country, Cho presents the recipes in such a way that they are very easy to follow along with. She does an excellent job at making the (what may be) unfamiliar very familiar. She explains in wonderful detail not only the ingredients and methods, but the deeper meaning of many of the foods about which she writes. And even if the recipes themselves don't speak to you, the photos will definitely leave you wanting to try one of everything!
This is my favourite cookbooks of the year!! Cho presents a delicious lineup of recipes, from dim sum to bakery treats to savory breakfasts. All of the recipes are written in an approachable manner, and Cho explains many elements that may be unfamiliar to the reader. She also includes written & photographed snapshots of several famous & well-loved Chinese bakeries in America, which is a fun touch & connection. I really, really love this book and have already ordered my own copy!
This is a gorgeous book. Wiping drool I feel bereft that I have never had a mooncake or milk bread. The sticky buns look amazing. Kudos to the author for what looks like a complicated recipe into easy artwork. Great photos, and step by step methods to achieving a work of art! Five stars!
I received a complimentary copy to read and voluntarily left this review! Gorgeous book!
Kristina Cho wrote a fantastic cookbook. I never realized how much I needed these recipes in my life! There is nothing like this book on the market and the recipes are fantastic. I look forward to trying out these beautifully written Chinese recipes, the photographs are also alluring.
I first learned about this cookbook through the Eat Your Books weekly newsletter, which highlighted it as an up and coming cookbook. And then I was tempted to pre-order it through Hardcover Cook when they announced that they would be doing an ingredient/equipment bundle with the book in the winter. When the book came up available on NetGalley, I could find no excuse not to read it.
It’s been about eighteen months since I’ve written a seriously comprehensive cookbook review; however, there is so much for me to squee about Mooncakes that this may not be one either. First and foremost, the recipes themselves are well-written. The ingredient measurements are provided in both metric weight (grams) and English volume (cups, teaspoons, tablespoons) so that the reader does not have to make any conversions to suit their preference. Each recipe follows a standard format, using very similar language where possible, which makes it easy to transition between similar recipes. For example, the oven preheat step was always located in a logical spot in the recipe (rather than right at the beginning). And resealable plastic bags are almost always indicated in the recipe post script as an acceptable airtight container for storage of baked goods. Second, the color commentary in the prefaces to the recipes not only provide context of why the recipe is in a Chinese bakery book, but also provide additional explanation of how the recipe is supposed to turn out and why. This makes the actual recipe ingredients and recipe steps more intelligible. Third, the profiles of small Chinese bakeries throughout the United States just happened to heighten my appetite for delicacies that I had never known by name, but definitely knew by sight and taste. Finally, the variety of recipes included in the collection was very impressive - ranging from the familiar char siu bao and har gow to personal family specialties that are just now seeing the light of day.
Did I mention the full-color photography? Each recipe is accompanied by a mouth watering full-color photograph (or two) of the finished product. In addition, the more complex recipes have a series of full-color photographs illustrating the assembly or other complicated aspect of the recipe.
Overall, I am a huge fan of specialized unique cookbooks; therefore, my desire to add a Chinese baking book to my 100-plus volume cookbook collection is not unexpected. As much as I love my Dumpling Galaxy cookbook and my Thousand Chinese Recipes tome, Mooncakes proved itself to fill a gap in my Asian collection. So I’m likely to acquire it on a post-Christmas sale.
I have yet to attempt any recipes from this cookbook because this Christmas holiday has been too hectic to make a trip to the giant Asian store for some necessary specialty ingredients. Hopefully, I’ll have an opportunity to do that soon so that I can try at least to make some dim sum. I’ll update my blog with the results if I do.
I received this book as a digital advance reader copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.
I received and ARC for a fair review:
This is a beautiful cookbook/culture dive. I love that the author spent time talking about their family. different types of bakeries/shops, and Asian groceries. There is a whole chapter on how to navigate and shop well at an Asian grocery which is something I will be using to maximize my next trip to my local Asian market for sauces and more. When it comes to the milk bread, we learn a lot from the author about the origins and culture surrounding it before diving in to how to make it which I really appreciated.
Love this cookbook!
I"m really looking forward to trying some of the recipes in this book! I love to bake, so I'm excited to try some techniques and dishes that aren't traditional to "America."
Do you love Chinese cuisine, but shy away from cooking it at home? Are you afraid you don't have the right ingredients or proper tools to cook it?
Mooncakes and Milk Bread inspired by well known food blogger Kristina Cho contains easy to understand step-by-step instructions to her mouth watering family recipes. She seamlessly guides the reader through shopping at an Asian grocery store. Kristina explains the difference in meats, produce, sauces, oil, flour, yeast, tea and much more. She even includes a section devoted to using the right equipment for success.
The reader will enjoy heart warming personal glimpses of the author's background and family members. The recipes include Chinese buns, breads, cakes, cookies, dumplings, breakfast dishes, and beverages. The photographs of each recipe are phenomenal and detail steps/techniques used in the cooking process.
Mooncakes and Milk Bread by Kristina Cho was published on October 12, 2021 and is available for purchase.
Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Horizon for my free e-book in exchange for my honest opinion. My review is available on Amazon, NetGalley, Barnes and Nobel, and Goodreads.
if you thought, as I did for a long time, that Chinese cooking did not contain things like bread, cakes, and cookies, this book will open your eyes and change your mind about all that. You'll find recipes for a wide range of items, both traditional items and new twists on tradition. With clear recipes and beautiful pictures, this is a great cookbook.
This book has a lot of information. It has great detail on what you need to make a variety of different Asian breads. The recipes themselves looked a little complicated for me personally but would be very helpful for someone interested in making mooncake or milk bread.
What in incredible book that I cannot wait to add to my collection! Mooncakes and Milk Bread by Kristina Cho was a fantastic selection of Chinese baked goods.
I cannot wait to make every single recipe in this book. I lived in China for about 9 months. My Chinese teacher also felt that cooking Chinese food was integral to our education. So many of these are recipes I have missed having since living in China or that my teacher taught me and I have long lost. As a lover of making bread this book just makes my heart sing. I felt the directions were clear and the photos clean and appetizing. I also appreciated the well thought out but but not overdone intro. I think this section will be essential to people new to breads, Asian cuisine, etc. I also learned a few things though which was really cool and helpful when reading the rest of the book.
I received an eARC from Harper Horizon through NetGalley. All opinions are 100% my own.
Hello Kristina, thank you so much for writing this beautiful book. I love every single recipe you have in this book. I want to try them all. Because these are bread I ate when I was a kid. Now I live no longer in my hometown, so I miss those bread, we don't have it here. I love soft bread. Not to mention, the pictures here are so pretty. I love it.
I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I picked to read and review this book because food is very important in my culture and reading this made me want to pay more attention to the family recipes. I have added some of these recipes to my food journal so I will always have them on hand and it makes me want to try out more of the savory recipes that I have discovered in this book.
As a lover of milk and baking, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy of this book. I was not disappointed. Not only was this book full of yummy photographs (very important to me in a cookbook), but was also packed full of stories, information, and plenty of well laid out and easy to follow recipes. I especially loved the "Crispy Chinese Sausage and Cilantro pancakes" as well as "Red Bean Swirl Buns" and "Hotdog Flower Buns" which were just purely fun to make as well as being tasty! I honestly can't wait to try every single recipe in this one!
**ARC Via NetGalley**
Beautiful photos, lovely recipes, fun flavor combos. Can’t wait to try some of these breads. Some of the recipes are complex and take a day to prep, but the instructions are matched with photos and seem to provide enough guidance.
This book went above any expectations I had and has honestly set a new mark in what I expect from a Cookbook.
Packed full of knowledge from the history and cultural significance of these recipes, to how to shop for ingredients in Asian Markets, this was full of character from beginning to end.
The pictures were enticing enough to make me want to try things I hadn't even considered, and the recipes are explained intuitively and concisely.
This was a joy to read and experience, and I can't wait to start trying out recipes.
I have been fascinated by Asian cultures for a while now and that includes the food. I’m also a very keen baker, so this book hits both of those areas for me.
I loved this book, the narrative was interesting, informative, but not at all dry to read. But the best bit was all of the fabulous recipes. My particular favourites were the moon cakes as I have heard of them many times. I’m really looking forward to trying out the recipes for myself.
My thanks to NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this book in return for an honest review.
Kristina Cho grew up in Cleveland, but her grandparents lived in the heart of Chinatown there, and that’s where she spent her weekends. She grew up surrounded by amazing food, helping out in the kitchen, eating at local Asian restaurants, and shopping at Chinese bakeries. She went to school to be an architect, but she just kept getting pulled back into food. She would cook and bake, explore Asian grocery stores, and eventually started a food blog. Now, she’s taken all that knowledge and infused it into a cookbook, so that she can share her memories and recipes with us.
Mooncakes and Milk Bread is a primer in Chinese baking, both savory and sweet. It is an exploration of Asian-American culture from a smart woman who grew up connected to both cultures. But most of all, it is a love letter to the food of her family, to the breads and buns, the cakes and cookies that have always brought her back home, no matter if she was around the world or just around the block.
If you’re not familiar with Chinese baked delicacies, Cho walks you through what you need to know to get started, from how to shop at Chinese stores and bakeries, how to buy and use Asian ingredients, and what special equipment you will need to create the variety of baked goods you can create with these recipes. I came to this cookbook with very little experience in Chinese baking, and with Cho’s detailed descriptions, her careful instructions, and all the photos, I feel like I could tackle these recipes with a decent amount of success (except the Mooncakes, usually made by masters. I’d want to work my way up to those).
She starts with some basics—Milk Bread and Steamed Buns—before moving on to show how to shape and fill them buns, and offers up ideas of creams, jams, and even tasty pork fillings. From the Deep Dish Pepperoni Bread to the Almighty Pineapple Bun, the Hot Dog Flower Buns to the Hong Kong-Style French Toast, the Tuna Buns to the Crispy Panko Pork Chop Sandwiches, these recipes work well for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and even snacks.
There is the sponge cake recipe, which bakes up into the Lemon Sponge Cake, Shiny Fruit Cream Cake, and the Chocolate and Salted Peanut Crepe Cake. Or do you go with the Chinese Puff Pastry, which you can use for the Classic Egg Tarts. Or do you prefer cookies? There are Goong Goong’s Almond Cookies, Pistachio Palmiers, or Fried Sesame Balls. The breadth of possibilities in this cookbook are impressive, from sweet to savory and back again.
As someone who is not all that familiar with Chinese pastries, I wasn’t sure what I was getting into with this cookbook. But as I paged through these recipes, I found so much more than new recipes and flavors to play with. Cho offers readers a chance to see into a different culture, a way in the door for those of us who are on the outside. And for those who are already a part of Asian-American culture and who grew up on these flavors, they can find a way to create their own favorite pastries and pass on the recipes and the memories with this cookbook.
Egalleys for Mooncakes and Milk Bread were provided by Harper Horizon through NetGalley, with many thanks.
Mooncakes & Milk Bread
By Kristina Cho
A delightful introduction to the rich and wide culture of Chinese Baking with classic recipes made easy and accessible!
I’m eager to try these all out! Especially the Swiss rolls! The Pork buns! The egg tarts! And of course the jianbing!
Captivating photos, simple recipes with delicious results! A feather in the cap of any homebaker!
The part that caught my heart was the exploration of various Chinese bakeries around the USA! Definitely bookmarked a few and will be visiting in the future!
I’ll definitely be purchasing this for myself and as a Christmas gift to one of my friends!
Thank you Netgalley and Harper Horizon for the review copy and the chance to provide an honest review!
One thing I look for in a cookbook is the story behind. The vast knowledge of bread making, and the stories that come with the experience entertain me so much. This is a must have book, moreover for the bread lovers ones. I also enjoy the pau/bao recipes and the mooncake recipe satisfy my curiosity of this Chinese Heritage sweet, enjoyed on special occasion.
These recipes all looked absolutely delicious. It made me so hungry just flipping through it. I hope to try some of these some day.
I got this book because I love chinese food and I've heard a lot about milk bread and I wanted to try it. Surprisingly the majority of the ingredients you will probably already have in your cupboards. Also, it isn't that hard. You don't need to be an experienced baker to produce anything in this book. The recipes are easy to follow and explained really well.
Anyway, I have now successfully tried and enjoyed milk bread. Absolutely loved it. Now I'm on to the next.
Give it a go you won't be disappointed.
A great read, and definitely a huge nostalgia trip while reading this book. I had requested to have this preview provided to me just before mid-autumn festival, and the mooncake recipes in the book were publicized around the web - wanted to check out and try it out for myself. The fillings were great, but I find the mooncake skin dough too oily to hold intricate shapes after baking - they just melted into each other. Will perhaps reduce the amount of oil stated in the book next round.
Otherwise, still greatly enjoyed reading about the author's stories on her childhood and the variety of recipes provided, as well as how to shop in an Asian grocery store here in the US. It is not just Chinese-bakery inspired, but there are other fusion style recipes provided as well - really appreciated that as evolution in Chinese baking is always an important step in keeping tradition alive.
Great recipes and photos, so enjoyable to read and can’t wait to cook some of these! Such a gorgeous book
Thank-you Harper Horizon and Netgalley for the chance to review for an honest review.
Mooncakes and Milk Bread is the perfect gift for the holiday season.
This book is inspiring!
I loved reading the introduction and learning about the recipes.
They are easy to follow and the photography is simply beautiful.
I will be adding this to my collection.