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Culinary Best Gifts ~ Chinese Cookbooks ~ Chinese Cooking Utensils and Tools

Updated on March 14, 2016

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Home Cooking

If you are seeking ideas for culinary best gifts for the home cook in your kitchen or elsewhere this year as I often do, you just might wish to add Chinese Cookbooks and Chinese Cooking Equipment to your list.

From simple recipes to healthy recipes, most Chinese ingredients and ways of food preparation make for very healthy meals.

A number of videos have been included in this hub so that you can first-hand see just how easy it is to cook Chinese dishes.

Chinese food is very popular among health conscious people seeking to trim their waistlines or even maintain their figures.

Many crunchy and fresh vegetables are utilized in cooking Chinese cuisine as well as rice and small amounts of meats or seafood. Vegetarian dishes are also easy to find in Chinese cuisine.

Quick and Easy to Make Chinese Food at Home

The Chinese Takeout Cookbook: Quick and Easy Dishes to Prepare at Home
The Chinese Takeout Cookbook: Quick and Easy Dishes to Prepare at Home

Why go out to eat when you can follow the directions and make just as good Chinese food at home with the help of this best selling cookbook?


Chinese Cookbooks

Could you use one or more of these Chinese cookbooks in your kitchen to enable you to learn how to prepare many of these delicious and healthy meals?

With a few simple ingredients on hand you can learn some easy cooking techniques and follow simple cooking recipes to broaden your dining at home experience.

Why go out to eat or order Chinese food to be delivered to your home if you can prepare these healthy meals in a little amount of time in your own kitchen?

By having one or more Chinese cookbooks to inspire your cooking, your family and guests will soon be requesting these meals made by your own hands more often.

One can take a little amount of meat and stretch it with the healthy vegetables we are all supposed to be consuming and serve your creation with an accompaniment of rice making not only a healthy meal but an economical one as well.

Or skip the meat entirely and go vegetarian!

With the various flavors of sauces and condiments, it is no wonder that Chinese food is so popular!

Learn 'How to' make Wonton Soup - Authentic Chinese Food

Need a good Wok?

Joyce Chen 21-9972, Classic Series Carbon Steel Wok Set,  4-Piece
Joyce Chen 21-9972, Classic Series Carbon Steel Wok Set, 4-Piece

We have had a lot of fun cooking with our wok over the years.


Chinese Cooking Equipment

Having a few of the right cooking utensils and cooking pieces of equipment on hand will make your Chinese meal preparations so much easier.

Take a look at these Chinese woks below and videos showing their use in everyday cooking.

We have utilized a wok for cooking Chinese meals and have enjoyed it. It is now blackened with years of use.

Chinese Noodles (Indo Chinese) Recipe

Is your mouth watering yet looking at some of these videos and great looking pictures of Chinese food?

Perhaps you or your home cook recipient could use some Chinese utensils to help with the task of following those Chinese food recipes? Many of the utensils can be used for other types of food as well.

That large spider spoon is great for scooping not only Chinese rice noodles or won-tons out of boiling water, but also vegetables and other things. It is truly a multipurpose and handy device to have in one's kitchen.

Perhaps you wish to learn how to use chopsticks if it is not already second nature to you? For those of us who normally use a knife and fork, using chopsticks...especially in the beginning. ..takes some practice! I vividly remember my first few times of trying to master the use of chopsticks! It certainly slowed down my calorie intake! Very little of anything except the larger chucks of vegetables made it to my mouth! Gradually I got a little more proficient with using them and have not tried using them in a while.

Perhaps that should be my diet New Year resolution? Only use chopsticks...? Probably not...but it is a thought! Haha!



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Summer Rolls and Peanut Dipping Sauce - Appetizer Recipe

Learn to cook...

A friend gave me some rice paper wrappers and told me how she prepared Spring Rolls or Summer Rolls as they refer to them in the video above.

I love eating them as an appetizer in Chinese restaurants and they are not that difficult to learn how to make.

As the video shows, they become very pliable and the danger if not being gentle in handling them after they have become pliable is that they might tear. That aside, Spring Rolls can pretty much contain whatever one wishes to put into them.

Besides the Chinese rice noodles I have even used Top Ramen noodles (minus the spice packet) if I did not have the other noodles on hand.

Other ingredients that can be put into these Spring rolls include such things as slivered table onions, shredded carrots, shredded lettuce, little bits of thin little slices or slivers of already cooked chicken, pork, shrimp or other source of protein, lemon grass, mint leaves, basil leaves, slivers of cucumber and other things as well.

Choose from what you like and vary it for different flavor profiles.

Your imagination is the only limiting factor when preparing these fresh tasting Spring Rolls!

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Culinary gifts

Hopefully this has given you some great ideas of culinary best gifts for that special person on your list this year. Between Chinese cookbooks, Chinese cooking equipment and the various Chinese utensils...there are a number of gifts that can certainly please the gift giver and gift recipient as well and be kind to your pocketbook at the same time.

Most of all, enjoy making some delicious and healthy Chinese food at home! Once you try it, I am sure you will be making much more of it in the future. It is relatively quick and easy to master these cooking techniques.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Suzanne,

      Chinese food is a perennial favorite for many people and Vietnamese food is also good. I have never eaten chicken feet but have eaten pigs feet many years ago. I would give it a try as I am rather adventurous with my eating.

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      Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      I'm a big fan of Chinese food and even had a Vietnamese boyfriend once! Chicken feet are marvellous if you're feeling adventurous and dumplings are a good all-round favourite to begin with. I like the crunchy vegetables and am thinking about investing in a Japanese teppenyaki grill plate for the stove so I can have the veggies cooked easily. Voted awesome!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi poetryman6969,

      We like them as a change of pace also along with Japanese food as well.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      I find Thai and Chinese food to be a nice change of pace once in a while.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      Chinese food if one avoids the fried versions of it is really healthy. I think that most people like it and armed with a few good recipes it is easy to learn how to cook it. I do a lot of improvising with my stir fried creations depending upon what I have on hand. Thanks for your votes & share.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very interesting recipe videos and ideas for cooking Chinese food at home. Very useful read. Passing this on and voted up and useful.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Brett,

      Obviously I agree with you. It is quite simple to make and serve Chinese food at home and it is often simple, easy and healthful. As to mastering the chopsticks...well...lets just say that I am still a beginner. Ha! Thanks for your comment, votes and the share.

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      A great idea for a gift. Many people love Chinese food, but what you buy in a takeaway is not like the real thing. The real deal is very healthy and tasty! It can also make a fun evening when everyone must use chopsticks ... especially when serving noodles!! ha ha

      Shared, up and useful.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mark,

      If I had to eat everything with chopsticks, it would definitely slow down my eating. Hey! There's an idea for a new diet plan! Haha! Am sure that you are enjoyed each bite and savoring it more. As to your taste tell me. What do you think? Thanks for your comment.

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      Mark 6 years ago

      I am a 51 year fork and spoon user. Yet I'm finding a prefer the use of chop sticks over forks. It makes me slow down, eat smaller portions and as a result savor the meal. Is my sense of taste improving as well?

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello daydreamer13,

      Happy to hear that you liked this idea of giving Chinese Cookbooks or Chinese cooking equipment as culinary best gifts ideas. I think that they would please most any cook! Thanks for the comment.

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      daydreamer13 6 years ago

      Excellent ideas! Thank you!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Micky,

      I agree. We have always enjoyed Chinese cooking and for those that like culinary gifts, Chinese cookbooks should be a great gift or some Chinese cooking equipment to get them started in the right direction. Thanks for the comment.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      I think most people, who aren't Chinese, love Chinese food. Thank you Dear!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      Thanks for the comment. Obviously I also think that the Chinese cookbooks and other items would make great culinary gifts for not only the holidays but all year long. We also love Chinese food. :-)

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      Cheryl 6 years ago

      Yum! Yum! I love Chinese foods. Your hub on Culinary best gifts, Chinese Cookbooks and Chinese cooking equipment are wonderful ideas for holiday gifts. Thanks for sharing these healthy cooking ideas.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Prasetio,

      Glad you liked this culinary best gifts hub about Chinese cookbooks and Chinese cooking equipment. Hope you get that wok that you would like. Thanks!

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Peggy, thanks for always give us useful information about great books, like this one. Actually I liked cooking and I want to have Chinese woks with dancing fire. I really enjoy your cooking demo video. You always made your hub so special. Thank you very much. Rating up!


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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi K9,

      Thanks for reading and commenting on this culinary best gifts hub. So...from what you say, perhaps you will consider giving some Chinese cookbooks as gifts this season? Actually cookbooks make for great gifts any time of year and for many different occasions.

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      India Arnold 7 years ago from Northern, California

      Cookbooks are a very good idea as gifts for the holidays, I hadn't thought of them! Nicely layed out hub and awesome information. Thank you.


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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mardi,

      I actually enjoy the prep time it takes to cook Chinese food. As you know the actual cooking time is generally short, so I line up all the chopped or sliced ingredients in little dishes and have them ready to add as needed. Thanks for commenting on this culinary best gifts hub related to Chinese cookbooks, etc.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Billy,

      There are many different varieties of Chinese woks available for purchase as well as Chinese cookbooks and other Chinese cooking equipment on this page and elsewhere. As you say, it makes for very healthy eating! Thanks for the comment.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Hello, hello,

      Chinese food seems to be a favorite of many people. Perhaps you should hint that you would like a Chinese Cookbook this year if there are people who regularly give you gifts. And if not...splurge and buy one for yourself. You'll then have loads of good Chinese recipes. Here is to good eating and culinary delights!

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      Mardi 7 years ago from Western Canada and Texas

      I love cooking Chinese dishes. As others have said it is just so fresh and healthy and well worth the little bit of extra prep time.

      Happy Thanksgiving Peggy!

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      Everyone needs a wok IMHO - such healthy cooking - those summer rolls in peanut sauce look delicious - remind me of Satay too.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      I love Chinese food and cook it but could do with some more recipes. I pick them up here and there. Thank you for your super hub

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi agusfanani,

      Thanks for leaving a comment on this culinary best gifts hub relating to Chinese cookbooks and Chinese cooking equipment. Noodles are an easy food to add good nutritious ingredients to in order to make healthy meals. Am sure you do that...correct?

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      agusfanani 7 years ago from Indonesia

      For practical reason I like to eat noodle, it's one of my favorite, although I realize non instant food is much better.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello gr82bme,

      Glad you liked this culinary best gifts Chinese cookbooks hub. These recipes on the youtube videos did look good! Thanks for the comment and vote up.

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      gr82bme 7 years ago from USA

      This was great will vote up and save. Thank you for the rcipes

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello susannah42,

      Thanks for taking a look at this culinary best gifts hub. Is a Chinese cookbook going to make it onto your shopping list this year?

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi SteveoMc,

      We recently gave out old fashioned round bottomed wok away and have found that some of our other cooking pans did just as well when preparing Chinese food. Those new flat bottomed woks look nice. May just have to pick one up sometime! Glad that you enjoyed this culinary best gifts hub regarding all things Chinese. What did you end up making for yourself? I'll have to make some more Spring Rolls soon! Thanks for the comment.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello oceansnsunsets,

      My husband also likes to cook and actually does for most of our dinner parties. Thus cookbooks have always served as a great culinary gift and we have quite a collection of them! The Chinese equipment is also a great gift. Sounds like a Chinese wok is on your wish list this year! Hope you get it! Thanks for the comment.

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      susannah42 7 years ago from Florida

      I love to give cook books for christmas. thanks for the tip.

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      SteveoMc 7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      Okay, now I have to get out my flat bottomed wok and make some of this delicious stuff. I love it and want some right now.

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Great hub about culinary gifts! My husband loves to cook, as do many of us in the family. These kinds of things make the best gifts for people like that. We are in need of a new good wok for instance this year.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pamela,

      Thanks for the first comment to this hub about Chinese culinary best gifts including cookbooks and utensils. I think that most people like Chinese food. It is delicious and healthy for the most part.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Peggy, I love oriental food and we cook some at our home, but order it more often. Your hub looked great with all the good food and proper utensils for Chinese cooking.