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An accessible and easy-to-follow comic book cookbook for bringing Asian dumplings into the home kitchen, with recipes for savory and sweet dumplings, dipping sauces, riffs, and more—from the authors of Let’s Make Ramen! Chef Hugh Amano and comics artist Sarah Becan invite you to explore the big little world of Asian dumplings! Ideal for both newbies and seasoned cooks, thi An accessible and easy-to-follow comic book cookbook for bringing Asian dumplings into the home kitchen, with recipes for savory and sweet dumplings, dipping sauces, riffs, and more—from the authors of Let’s Make Ramen! Chef Hugh Amano and comics artist Sarah Becan invite you to explore the big little world of Asian dumplings! Ideal for both newbies and seasoned cooks, this comic book cookbook takes a fun approach to a classic treat that is imbued with history across countless regions. From wontons to potstickers, buuz to momos, Amano’s expert guidance paired with Becan’s colorful and detailed artwork prove that intricate folding styles and flavorful fillings are achievable in the home kitchen. Let’s Make Dumplings! includes dumpling lore; a master folding guide that familiarizes readers with popular styles, like the pleated crescent of a potsticker or the 4-pointed star of a crab rangoon; and a series of cooking directions to choose from, such as steaming or pan-frying. The recipes range from savory Gyoza to sweet Cambodian Num Kom; from classic Baozi to riffs such as Sesame Chicken Dumplings. Whether it is the family-style eating experience of stacked steamer baskets filled with succulent shumai and plump xiaolongbao or the interactive process of working together to fold hundreds of jiaozi for a celebration, Let’s Make Dumplings! captures the deep level of connection that dumplings bring to any gathering and shows you how to re-create it in your own home.


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An accessible and easy-to-follow comic book cookbook for bringing Asian dumplings into the home kitchen, with recipes for savory and sweet dumplings, dipping sauces, riffs, and more—from the authors of Let’s Make Ramen! Chef Hugh Amano and comics artist Sarah Becan invite you to explore the big little world of Asian dumplings! Ideal for both newbies and seasoned cooks, thi An accessible and easy-to-follow comic book cookbook for bringing Asian dumplings into the home kitchen, with recipes for savory and sweet dumplings, dipping sauces, riffs, and more—from the authors of Let’s Make Ramen! Chef Hugh Amano and comics artist Sarah Becan invite you to explore the big little world of Asian dumplings! Ideal for both newbies and seasoned cooks, this comic book cookbook takes a fun approach to a classic treat that is imbued with history across countless regions. From wontons to potstickers, buuz to momos, Amano’s expert guidance paired with Becan’s colorful and detailed artwork prove that intricate folding styles and flavorful fillings are achievable in the home kitchen. Let’s Make Dumplings! includes dumpling lore; a master folding guide that familiarizes readers with popular styles, like the pleated crescent of a potsticker or the 4-pointed star of a crab rangoon; and a series of cooking directions to choose from, such as steaming or pan-frying. The recipes range from savory Gyoza to sweet Cambodian Num Kom; from classic Baozi to riffs such as Sesame Chicken Dumplings. Whether it is the family-style eating experience of stacked steamer baskets filled with succulent shumai and plump xiaolongbao or the interactive process of working together to fold hundreds of jiaozi for a celebration, Let’s Make Dumplings! captures the deep level of connection that dumplings bring to any gathering and shows you how to re-create it in your own home.

30 review for Let's Make Dumplings!: A Comic Book Cookbook

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    Let's Make Dumplings!: A Comic Book Cookbook is a graphic novel cookbook written by Hugh Amano and illustrated by Sarah Becan. It tackles the art of dumpling-making in a fun and accessible graphic guide. Filled doughy treats appear in cuisines across the planet, but here they dial in on Asian choices, such as Cantonese shumai, Tibetan momos, and Korean mandu. Solid recipes, which calls for both handmade and store-bought wrappers are accompanied by entertaining stories – including one about a forg Let's Make Dumplings!: A Comic Book Cookbook is a graphic novel cookbook written by Hugh Amano and illustrated by Sarah Becan. It tackles the art of dumpling-making in a fun and accessible graphic guide. Filled doughy treats appear in cuisines across the planet, but here they dial in on Asian choices, such as Cantonese shumai, Tibetan momos, and Korean mandu. Solid recipes, which calls for both handmade and store-bought wrappers are accompanied by entertaining stories – including one about a forgetful cook who accidentally invented pot stickers. Let's Make Dumplings!: A Comic Book Cookbook is written and constructed rather well. It showcases the authors’ detailed yet playful approach to their craft. They even offer a chapter of their own rendition featuring a Chinese takeout. Ending on a sweet note, Malaysian buns are offered with coconut jam filling, while Cambodian rice dumplings get a fragrant finish from steamed banana leaves. Thorough instructions combine the quirky and the functional, while the primer on folding techniques for seven different shapes is surprisingly simple. All in all, Let's Make Dumplings!: A Comic Book Cookbook is a wonderful graphic novel cookbook detailing the amazing and wonderful dish that is dumplings.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Christine Van Zandt

    Let’s Make Dumplings! is latest comic-style cookbook from the successful duo, Hugh Amano and Sarah Becan. If you enjoyed their ramen book, this one is just as great. What sets their books apart is that they read like a graphic novel. Full-color panels that convey each recipe’s directions in a new and creative manner, making the content accessible to a wide range of readers. Varying skill levels are accommodated and the cookbook can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. Who doesn’t love Asian dumplin Let’s Make Dumplings! is latest comic-style cookbook from the successful duo, Hugh Amano and Sarah Becan. If you enjoyed their ramen book, this one is just as great. What sets their books apart is that they read like a graphic novel. Full-color panels that convey each recipe’s directions in a new and creative manner, making the content accessible to a wide range of readers. Varying skill levels are accommodated and the cookbook can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. Who doesn’t love Asian dumplings?! Gyoza, potstickers, wontons, rangoon—yum! With so many shapes and fillings, the options are endless once you master the basics. After a bit of “dumpling lore,” the book begins logically with pantry, equipment, and the an explanation of the different wrappers. I was excited to see a recipe for the dough since kids may just think wrappers come from the store! Learn to make a variety of fillings (meat, vegetarian, even dessert styles) and different methods of sealing the delicious ingredients inside the wrapper. Finish by pan-frying, steaming, or even deep-drying such as for sesame balls). A new-to-me recipe that I particularly enjoyed was the Num Kom (Sweet Cambodian Rice Dumplings) which are filled with coconut and sesame seeds, then steamed in a banana leaf-lined basket. And don’t forget about the ever-popular baozi. A comprehensive chapter explains how to make these delightful buns. Begin with the well-known steamed pork buns but be sure to move on to also try ones filled with curried beef, kung pao chicken, different kinds of pork, or savory mushrooms. The final chapter brings it home with a wide range of fabulous sauces that complete the dumpling experience. Some are simply two ingredients: Kewpie mayonnaise and chile sauce. Others play off the sweet-and-sour elements such as the duck sauce made with apricot jam, rice vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and cayenne. I can think of lots of foods I’d like to dip in that! While this book focuses on Eastern dumplings, I like how the fact that food unites us is stated. A map shows where the recipes come from but the accompanying blurb explains how dumplings span the entire globe. Dumplings “transcend any imagined borders of culture and caste” and “unite us all.” Readers are encouraged to do their own research, travel, and make the recipes their own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    angelofmine1974

    My review of this book can be found on my YouTube Vlog at: https://youtu.be/PuN1H-vcK5c Enjoy! My review of this book can be found on my YouTube Vlog at: https://youtu.be/PuN1H-vcK5c Enjoy!

  4. 5 out of 5

    ☆ Katie

    Dumplings are a food that I eat more than once a week and one of the few foods I never get sick of. I grew up on my mother's handmade dumplings, not even knowing what a luxury I was experiencing on the regular. I always helped her assemble the dumplings but rarely knew what the beginning of the process entailed. This combines the concept of a fun and colorful graphic novel with the how-to instructions of a cookbook. The colors are vibrant and the illustrations are so realistic, it never fails to Dumplings are a food that I eat more than once a week and one of the few foods I never get sick of. I grew up on my mother's handmade dumplings, not even knowing what a luxury I was experiencing on the regular. I always helped her assemble the dumplings but rarely knew what the beginning of the process entailed. This combines the concept of a fun and colorful graphic novel with the how-to instructions of a cookbook. The colors are vibrant and the illustrations are so realistic, it never fails to make me hungry for real dumplings. The recipes contain basic information, traditional recipes, and interesting twists on Asian dumplings, the best kind there are (but I may be biased). The step by step instructions are clearly depicted and explained and makes homemade dumplings accessible to even the most novice cooks.

  5. 5 out of 5

    McKenzie Richardson

    For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle A mouthwatering collection packed with facts, recipes, and adorable illustrations. Anytime I picked this book up, I instantly craved dumplings in one form or another. This book has everything from savory dumplings, to sweet dumplings, more traditional flavors and some riffs. I really enjoyed the mix-and-match style of the book. Amano provides the basics on dough making, folding, fillings, cooking techniques, and sauces. While he gives his recommen For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle A mouthwatering collection packed with facts, recipes, and adorable illustrations. Anytime I picked this book up, I instantly craved dumplings in one form or another. This book has everything from savory dumplings, to sweet dumplings, more traditional flavors and some riffs. I really enjoyed the mix-and-match style of the book. Amano provides the basics on dough making, folding, fillings, cooking techniques, and sauces. While he gives his recommendations, there is plenty of room to play around based on one's own preferences. The one downside of this book (besides the fact I probably shouldn't eat dumplings every day for the rest of my life, no matter how tempting) is that the fillings are mostly meat-based. There is a butternut squash recipe that was absolutely delicious, but the rest feature pork, chicken, beef, lamb, and/or shrimp. Becan's illustrations do make even those meat heavy recipes look appealing, but as a pescatarian realistically I won't be making most of them. However, this is a great place to start in terms of making sauces, dough, and ways of cooking and folding dumplings. From there you can create your own filling options if so inclined. This book was such a pleasure to read. I don't often read cookbooks in their entirety, but this one was worth it. Becan's artwork is phenomenal and was very helpful in understanding the steps of the recipes, especially in terms of folding techniques. A delicious book with tons of tips, tricks, and information. The comic book aspect really added to its appeal and I'm looking forward to delving into Let's Make Ramen!: A Comic Book Cookbook soon.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Steph Arizpe Strobel

    Okay, I’m shocked that this one has less than 100 Goodreads reviews right now, because this is one of the coolest, most engaging and thorough cookbooks you’ll ever read! Amano, a chef and writer of Japanese descent who grew up watching his mom cook, and Becan, a wonderfully whimsical graphic artist and designer, are the perfect team. Together, they bring to the table a unique and inspiring sensory experience so well-done you might even start to imagine the smells as you’re reading. They start ou Okay, I’m shocked that this one has less than 100 Goodreads reviews right now, because this is one of the coolest, most engaging and thorough cookbooks you’ll ever read! Amano, a chef and writer of Japanese descent who grew up watching his mom cook, and Becan, a wonderfully whimsical graphic artist and designer, are the perfect team. Together, they bring to the table a unique and inspiring sensory experience so well-done you might even start to imagine the smells as you’re reading. They start out with some history and lore about dumplings, noting how different parts of the world all have their very own version of a dumpling; they then focus on dumplings across the various countries and regions of Asia, from bao to shu mai to gyoza. You’ll learn everything you need to know about how to fold them, cook them, eat them, and the tools you’ll need, as well as how to make the sauces they are often dipped in. There’s even crazy dumplings at the end that I am assuming are the author’s personal recipes, like bacon and egg dumplings 😲 I highly recommend this book to anyone, although if you’re vegan make sure you’re well-versed in substitutes!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jenn Adams

    Enjoyed this even more than the ramen version. Love the art style. Despite being drawings and not photographs, it does really convey everything you need to see and know. Love the variety of cultures represented and the informational background. Love that this book features all of the classics but also some modern twists. Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for this eARC in exchange for my honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Interesting concept. A comic book recipe book specifically on how to make a wide variety of Asian dumplings. The comic book illustrations really help and the chef and illustrator take turns showing the reader how to make the various dumplings. We made wontons with our own vegetarian filling and they turned out amazing! Would definitely recommend if you love dumplings but don't know where to start. Interesting concept. A comic book recipe book specifically on how to make a wide variety of Asian dumplings. The comic book illustrations really help and the chef and illustrator take turns showing the reader how to make the various dumplings. We made wontons with our own vegetarian filling and they turned out amazing! Would definitely recommend if you love dumplings but don't know where to start.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    So cute and informative! I don't have the mental capacity to try anything new right now, but this books makes dumplings seem do-able for the home cook. Instructions are clear and illustrated. Some specialty ingredients are suggested, but nothing that seems impossible to get in my small, rural town. So cute and informative! I don't have the mental capacity to try anything new right now, but this books makes dumplings seem do-able for the home cook. Instructions are clear and illustrated. Some specialty ingredients are suggested, but nothing that seems impossible to get in my small, rural town.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Krista

    Just like when I read their previous book, I was left wishing more cookbooks were made in this style. As a vegetarian, many of the recipes don't work for me, but I could see how to modify them. They did include a couple vegetarian-friendly recipes, though, and even one vegan recipe. I really enjoy learning all of the interesting historical, cultural, and etymological notes. Just like when I read their previous book, I was left wishing more cookbooks were made in this style. As a vegetarian, many of the recipes don't work for me, but I could see how to modify them. They did include a couple vegetarian-friendly recipes, though, and even one vegan recipe. I really enjoy learning all of the interesting historical, cultural, and etymological notes.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nina

    This cookbook is so fun! I learned a lot, and I just I wish all cookbooks were written in this fun, visual, and conversational/narrative style. I’ll definitely be checking out the ramen cookbook and any future cookbooks these authors make, but until then, I’m looking forward to all the homemade gyoza I’ll be having 😋

  12. 4 out of 5

    Glenda O'Neill

    Excellent way to showcase dumplings! I loved this book with its fabulous illustrations. Easy to follow recipes with tips and instructions for cooking. I can’t wait to make all the dumplings!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Reggie Lynn Agulto

    I love love love the illustrations here! It was a unique find at my local library’s “new” section. I immediately made dumplings — the very next day. I made the Beef Kimchi Wontons with wonton soup. Yum!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ashani

    This book is too cute to be a borrowed read from the library. After being so hungry constantly of these beautifully illustrated pages I ordered the book from Amazon ! And oh the Chinese New year celebrations are also around around the corner ! Im so "dumpling" ready ! This book is too cute to be a borrowed read from the library. After being so hungry constantly of these beautifully illustrated pages I ordered the book from Amazon ! And oh the Chinese New year celebrations are also around around the corner ! Im so "dumpling" ready !

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sonya

    This book is a graphic novel... But... Surprise! It's a cookbook. What a fabulous idea. Love the pictures and the recipes. Has a short history of dumplings and different dumplings around the world. You can just read it, but it will make you hungry. This book is a graphic novel... But... Surprise! It's a cookbook. What a fabulous idea. Love the pictures and the recipes. Has a short history of dumplings and different dumplings around the world. You can just read it, but it will make you hungry.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Katey Thompson

    Love dumplings? Armed with this scrumptious book, make dumplings. Eat the dumplings. All the dumplings. Repeat.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Wdmoor

    This is a wonderful book for teens or adults. It's fascinating and very well written with easy to understand explanations. This book should be everyone's first foray into Asian cuisine This is a wonderful book for teens or adults. It's fascinating and very well written with easy to understand explanations. This book should be everyone's first foray into Asian cuisine

  19. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    I actually liked this a lot more than their ramen book. It also made me want to go back to learning how to make dumplings. Success!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Pinky

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Want to make the Gyoza, Mandu Guk, and Jian Dui recipes.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    This book is gorgeous and informative and as fun to read as it is to cook from. It even inspired my 7 year old to want to make dumplings.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    Fantastic combination of art and eating : feasting both in cartoon styling and culinary history : yum!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Misha

    Pretty good instructions if you want to make a variety of east Asian dumpling styles, but the majority of the recipes involve pork. I didn’t try any.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jessie

    Confident in the idea of making dumplings now. Photographs for every step, always a plus.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Heather Ramos

    Beautifully drawn, incredibly detailed, easy to follow, engaging…picked up from the library and promptly purchased my own copy.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    Super cute!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    It has made my permanent shelf. Wonderful pictures. Gives options. I’m am salivating over the dumplings. I have to add these to my cook list for freezer prep.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    I need a copy of this in my kitchen asap, absolutely beautiful art. I will definitely be using this.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jodell Larimer

    Have put it on my gift list.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Gasser

    So entertaining and easy to follow. Will be one of my favorites!

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