Hi there. My name is Diana Kuan. I'm a New York-based food writer and photographer who teaches cooking classes around the city. My first cookbook The Chinese Takeout Cookbook came out in 2012 and I'm currently working on my second book with Penguin Random House. 

I grew up watching my family run a Latin-flavored Chinese restaurant in Puerto Rico, and later a Polynesian-style take-out and Cantonese bakery in suburban Boston.  My parents' tendency to stick to familiar cuisine meant we always ate Chinese on vacation, whether we were in downtown Montreal or the California desert. I realized early on that "Hong Kong-style" food is unfamiliar to many mainland Chinese.

This blog is about traditional dishes as well as creative takes on Chinese food and dishes that became popular due to the Chinese diaspora around the world. If I can successfully apply my French culinary training to stir-fries, there is no reason traditional and non-traditional forms can't co-exist.

And while this blog started out as a Chinese cooking blog, it has since expanded to many recipes from other Asian cuisines, including Japanese, Vietnamese, and Filipino. The name of the blog just stuck because of Google-familiarity reasons.

Outside of the blog, I have written on food and travel for The Boston Globe, Food & Wine, Gourmet, US Airways, Time Out New York, Mediabistro, and the book Food Journeys of a Lifetime (National Geographic, 2009).  I continue to teach cooking classes around New York. Every once in a while I still fantasize about wok-fried chicken with a side of plantains.

Where Appetite for China has been featured:

CBS Early Show

WNYC radio

USA Today

ABC News

Wall Street Journal Asia


Serious Eats

BBC Good Food

Business Insider

Seattle Post-Intelligencer


The Kitchn

Matador Abroad

Published Writing:

Published Clips

Questions or comments?

Contact me through this website.

Disclosure and Relationship Statement:

I may occasionally accept free products, services, travel, tickets, or other forms of compensation from companies and organizations. I may or may not decide to write a review or host giveaways related to products or services I have received, but when I decide to do so, it will be clearly disclosed. The views and opinions expressed on this site by me are purely my own and reflect my honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences (which may vary from yours) and do not necessarily reflect those of any company or organization