Kevin Pang and Jeffrey Pang with Allecia Vermillion — 'A Very Chinese Cookbook: 100 Recipes from China and Not China (But Still Really Chinese)'

James Beard Award winner Kevin Pang and his dad Jeffrey, hosts of the hit America’s Test Kitchen series Hunger Pangs, show you the way to delicious Chinese cooking in this accessible, funny, heartfelt cookbook.


Third Place Books is delighted to welcome Kevin Pang and Jeffrey Pang to our Lake Forest Park store! The father-son duo will be discussing their new cookbook, A Very Chinese Cookbook: 100 Recipes from China and Not China (But Still Really Chinese). They'll be joined in conversation by Allecia Vermillion. This event is free and open to the public.

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About A Very Chinese Cookbook. . .

From American Chinese classics (General Tso’s Chicken) to Sichuan street foods (Dan Dan Mian) and Hong Kong dim sum favorites (Shu Mai), A Very Chinese Cookbook is ideal for both the Chinese food-curious and experienced cooks seeking a weekend soup dumpling project.

Chock full of tips, techniques, stories, and friendly ingredient guides, with over 100 of ATK’s trademark rigorous recipes—and even a magic trick with fortune cookies—the cookbook in your hands is very practical, very personal, and very Chinese indeed.

Praise for A Very Chinese Cookbook. . .

“I’ve been a Kevin Pang fan for years. I’m crazy about his writing and his clever, quirky way of coming at ­everything from XO Sauce (which he says delivers a ‘knuckle sandwich of umami’) to the primer on ­ingredients, which is a marvel. Now I’m in love with his father, his mother and the food they cook. Their book is an ­original—generous, wise, funny and chockablock with smart information and irresistible, ­meticulously tested recipes. If you can’t decide what to make first—there are just so many gems—I’ll understand: That’s just how it was with me.”
—Dorie Greenspan, New York Times ­best-selling ­cookbook author

“Kevin Pang and his father make a wonderful team—a dynamic duo in their kitchens and in their lives. This book is filled with traditional Chinese home-cooked recipes unknown to many. It’s for everyone who has fond memories of cooking and sharing their lives with their parents. Way to go, Kevin, and, of course, Dad, too!”
—Martin Yan, host of Yan Can Cook on public television, chef-restaurateur, author

“I love this father and son exploration of Chinese cuisine especially because it focuses so much on their Hong Kong heritage. The handing down of recipes is so rare and a ­powerful way to keep our culinary culture rich and vibrant. This work is an important addition for every Chinese cookbook library.”
—Grace Young, author of Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge and The Breath of a Wok

A Very Chinese Cookbook is the rare cookbook that is as joyous as it is instructional. Kevin and Jeffrey Pang are skilled and spirited guides into the world of not only Chinese food, but delicious meals, full stop. What a gift this book is: rich, enlightening, and just plain delightful.”
—Rachel Khong, author of Goodbye, Vitamin and ­editor of All About Eggs

Kevin Pang is the Editorial Director of Digital at America's Test Kitchen. A James Beard Award winner and a five-time finalist, Kevin has contributed to The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and was a longtime food critic and features writer at the Chicago Tribune. He is the co-director of the critically acclaimed documentary For Grace, which premiered at South by Southwest Film Festival in 2015 and was acquired by Netflix. He lives in Chicago with his wife and son.

Jeffrey Pang is a retired businessman and cooking enthusiast. His YouTube cooking channel became an unexpected hit and was featured in The New York Times Magazine in 2016. He's now the co-host of Hunger Pangs for America's Test Kitchen. Jeffrey lives in Seattle with his wife Catherine.

Allecia Vermillion has spent a decade at Seattle Met, arriving as food and drink editor, and expanding her role over the years. She served as the magazine’s editor in chief until moving into a newly created executive editor role in 2021. She spearheads Seattle Met’s food and drink coverage and oversees home design content. Allecia’s writing has earned her multiple journalism awards and two James Beard Award nominations over the years. A native of Portland, Oregon, Allecia began her writing life as a newspaper reporter in the Chicago suburbs before making a grateful return to the Pacific Northwest. She has an English degree from Washington University (no, the one in St. Louis) and a masters in journalism from Northwestern University. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two children.

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