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The Dim Sum Field Guide

A Taxonomy of Dumplings, Buns, Meats, Sweets, and Other Specialties of the Chinese Teahouse

Carolyn Phillips


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A whimsically illustrated yet authoritative guide to the "taxonomy" of dim sum, based on a popular Lucky Peach story.

Author and illustrator Carolyn Phillips demystifies the rich, nuanced culinary institution of teahouse snacks in The Dim Sum Field Guide, a pocket-size, definitive resource featuring 80 hand-drawn illustrations. With entries for all the dim sum classics--including siu mai, xiaolongbao, char siu, roast duck, and even sweets like milk tarts and black sesame rolls--this handy reference is perfect for bringing on-the-go to your next dim sum outing. Armchair travelers and Asian food enthusiasts alike will be delighted by this detailed yet accessible look at the distinctly Chinese art of eating well.

— NPR's Best Books of 2016

Praise For The Dim Sum Field Guide: A Taxonomy of Dumplings, Buns, Meats, Sweets, and Other Specialties of the Chinese Teahouse

NPR's Best Books of 2016

“Perfect for those who specialize in eating Chinese food, rather than making it.”
- T. Susan Chang, The Level Teaspoon

"It is as erudite as it is darling. Whether exploring Buford Highway or boarding a plane for Guangzhou, it’s as essential as your wallet and your passport."
- Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Ms. Phillips’s guide is extensive and satisfying. Her taxonomy is invariably brief, demanding only as much time as one will tolerate being delayed from reaching for a pair of chopsticks. Each item includes a short description, helpful tips on sauces, fillings and variations, plus some insightful history."
Wall Street Journal
"Small enough to fit in a handbag, Carolyn Phillips' beautifully illustrated guide really can help a nervous diner navigate the sometimes intimidating realm of dim sum."

Ten Speed Press, 9781607749561, 176pp.

Publication Date: August 30, 2016

About the Author

CAROLYN PHILLIPS is a scholar, author, and artist whose work has appeared in Lucky Peach, Huffington Post, Alimentum, and Gastronomica. She is the author of All Under Heaven, the first comprehensive cookbook on the 35 cuisines of China (with more than 300 recipes), which will be co-published by Ten Speed Press and McSweeney's in April 2015. Visit her at