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The Wok

Recipes and Techniques

8 March 2022


The obsessive mastermind behind one of the decade’s best-selling cookbooks returns with the definitive English-language guide to the science and technique of cooking in a wok

J. Kenji López-Alt’s debut cookbook, The Food Lab, revolutionised home cooking, selling more than half a million copies with its science-based approach to everyday foods. For fast, fresh cooking for his family, there’s one pan López-Alt reaches for more than any other: the wok.

Whether stir-frying, deep frying, steaming, simmering or braising, the wok is the most versatile pan in the kitchen. Once you master the basics?the mechanics of a stir-fry and how to get smoky wok hei at home?you’re ready to cook home-style and restaurant-style dishes from across Asia and the West, from Kung Pao Chicken to Pad Thai to San Francisco–Style Garlic Noodles. López-Alt breaks down the science behind his beloved Beef Chow Fun, fried rice, dumplings, tempura vegetables and seafood and dashi-simmered dishes.

Featuring more than 200 recipes?including simple no-cook side dishes?instructions on knife skills and pantry stocking alongside more than 1,000 colour photographs, The Wok provides endless ideas for brightening up dinner.


"In The Wok, Kenji starts with the basics and goes on to detail all the science and techniques necessary for this versatile pan. The wok is an essential tool in the kitchens of virtually all Asian restaurants. While it took me many years of grueling hard work in professional kitchens to really learn it, in The Wok, you are graciously given all the knowledge you need to master it at home." — Hooni Kim, chef and author of My Korea

"You've probably heard that the wok is the most versatile pan in any kitchen. Well, in classic Kenji fashion, The Wok shows not just the hows and whys of wok cooking, but why you want the wok to be your favorite pan even if, like me, you've got ju" — Francis Lam, cookbook editor, author and host of The Splendid Table

"J. Kenji López-Alt’s new book, The Wok, is so expansive, so compendious, and so obsessively detailed (and I mean that in a good way) that it is frankly impossible to give a full enough account of it without running a review of several thousand words!.. [The Wok is] like taking a cookery course with the inspirational teacher of your dreams... This is indisputably an awe-inspiring magnum opus. And yet there is a wit and delight about it, too, that ensure it is captivating rather than drily earnest. " — Nigella Lawson

"… for a while I wanted to cook everything in my beloved wok, and the 200 recipes in López-Alt’s book made that easy… [THE WOK] taught me tricks and techniques that I will use for years to come, long after I’ve moved on to other books." — Jennifer Reese, The New York Times Book Review

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226 x 277 mm • 672 pages


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