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Dec 3, 2008 08:08 AM

Hong Kong: Food books?

Hi everyone,

Just had a quick question for all of you who are based in or know Hong Kong well. It's been ages since I've been there so any advice would be much appreciated.

I'll be going to Hong Kong soon and was hoping to do some book shopping in between meals. I'm trying to learn more about Chinese food, specifically Cantonese food. I'm especially interested in finding books that cover the history and food culture of south China/Hong Kong/Cantonese food, etc. I can read English & Chinese, so language is not an issue.

When I'm in London, UK, I would normally turn to a place like Books for Cooks. Anything on that level, or better in Hong Kong?

Books For Cooks
4 Blenheim Crescent, Kensington, Greater London W11 2, GB

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  1. The best book I've ever found on HK food history was "Hong Kong on a Plate" by Frances Bartlett & Ivan Lai (Published 1997). But I've not seen one on the shelves for the last few years. You can get one from

    Coincidentally, I just visited Books for Cooks in London last Wed - fabulous place, and I especially liked the cafe at the back. No, HK doesn't have any equivalent. The best bookshops would be Page One at Harbour City (Tsimshatsui) or Times Square (Causeway Bay).