Kristina Cho is a Bay Area-based food blogger, recipe developer and cooking instructor. She’s originally from Cleveland, Ohio, where she grew up in her family’s Chinese restaurant. Cooking and sharing culture through food has always been a huge part of her life.
Today she has dedicated her professional career to making, teaching, writing about, and photographing her unique interpretations of Chinese food—everything from noodle soups to dumplings and, of course, baked goods.
Cho’s new book, Mooncakes and Milk Bread: Sweet and Savory Recipes Inspired by Chinese Bakeries, shares many of these foods. It is a one-of-a-kind culinary adventure through the world of Chinese bakeries, offering a collection of recipes inspired by the Chinese American bakeries and cafés she visited as a child.
“I rarely saw recipes for my Chinese bakery favorites in books or on the internet. I felt that there was a void in the baking cookbook landscape when it came to the baked goods I enjoyed from my childhood,” Cho tells CNN Travel.
Recipes featured include The Almighty Pineapple Bun (Bo Lo Bao), Honey Pistachio Mooncakes, Rose Siu Mai (open-faced dumplings) and Goong Goong’s Almond Cookies. In addition to recipes, the book also shares stories about iconic Chinese American bakeries around America.
Cho hopes to expand people’s definition of baking, even if they didn’t grow up going to Chinese bakeries.
“I hope that these recipes and stories inspire them to bake with new flavors and seek out their closest baked bun,” she says.