Mooncakes and Milk Bread

Sweet and Savory Recipes Inspired by Chinese Bakeries

by Kristina Cho

On Sale: 2021-10-12

Price: $29.95

Book Summary

Mooncakes and Milk Bread takes you on a culinary adventure through the world of Chinese bakeries, as architect-turned-food blogger Kristina Cho introduces everyone to her unique twists on traditional Chinese baked goods.

About the Book

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 ( 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.


'Cho's book is so smart and thorough, I'm not sure we'll need another book on the topic anytime soon.'

Mooncakes and Milk Bread overflows with useful information for the nascent cook, from ingredients to shopping advice to a list of essential equipment. 'A lot of these recipes were inspired by my family's classic Cantonese cooking,' Cho writes in the introduction. 'Others are completely unique twists on my favorite foods.'

Cho offers an authoritative and delectable treasure trove of recipes for Chinese bakery treats, which generally get little attention in American cookbooks. Highly recommended for all home bakers and anyone who enjoys Chinese food.

In the pages of this book, you'll find brand new recipes, traditional recipes reinterpreted for modern bakers, and deep dives into some legendary Chinese bakeries. There's a nostalgic appeal in creating iconic Chinese baked goods in your home kitchen, and for those new to this type of baking there's an opportunity to expand your baking skill set and recipe collection.

Named one of 'The 10 Best Cookbooks of 2021'

This cookbook of sweet and savoury recipes will take you through a nostalgic journey. Turn your home kitchen into a Chinese bakery with Mooncakes and Milk Bread.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780785238997
  • ISBN 10: 0785238999
  • Imprint: Harper Celebrate
  • On Sale: 2021-10-12
  • Pages: 304
  • List Price: $29.95
  • Publisher: Harper Celebrate
  • Publication Date: 2021-10-12
  • Category 1 : COOKING / Regional & Ethnic / Chinese
  • Category 2 : COOKING / Methods / Baking
  • Category 3 : COOKING / Courses & Dishes / Bread
  • Category 4 : COOKING / Courses & Dishes / Pastry