The Double Happiness Cookbook – Review & Giveaway

Enter our US/CA giveaway to win one of two copies of The Double Happiness Cookbook: 88 Feel-Good Recipes and Food Stories by Trevor Lui.

Authentic is the buzz word right now – the “it” girl of the culinary world. I understand the need to embrace authentic, traditional cuisines and honor them. However, I feel as a cookbook junkie extraordinaire that we have dozens if not hundreds of cookbooks that tackle authentic cuisines no matter the ethnicity in question.

What I love in a cookbook is an author that shakes things up to bring us new and exciting dishes based on their heritage, travel and their own creative genius. Trevor Lui does that, and brilliantly, in his debut cookbook The Double Happiness Cookbook.

Trevor grew up in Toronto spending time in his father’s Chinese buffet restaurant where the food was nothing like that he would eat at home and where his grandparents also worked. He spent two decades working in the corporate world on the food side in hotels, casinos, and convention centers. He was the food guy but not the food guy he wanted to be – one who wrote his own story. After spending some time in L.A. creating great food, he headed back to Toronto and opened his first restaurant. From there he took a deep dive into his passion – food and its stories.

The recipes in this book are influenced by his heritage, restaurants, family and peers. Recipes include Taiwanese fried chicken, Chinese meatloaf with preserved vegetables and a sandwich called the last Samurai which consists of slaw, rubbed hicken, a burger patty, ramen buns, spicy aioli, and fried chicken. Don’t be alarmed not all the recipes are that wild, Trevor is a diabetic and knows the importance of eating to feed the needs of his body. In that vein, some recipes are labeled gluten-free, dairy-free or vegetarian and certain recipes share tips for particular dietary needs.

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This book is full of life, fun and deliciousness.

Special thanks to the publisher for providing two copies of this title in our promotion. Entry options include answering the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you like to try first?

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  • Kristjudy  on  February 9, 2021

    Mom’s easy wontons

  • rchesser  on  February 9, 2021

    Sunday Shanghai noodles.

  • ravensfan  on  February 9, 2021

    BBQ pork egg foo young

  • matag  on  February 9, 2021

    Sunday Shanghai noodles

  • SenseiHeidi  on  February 9, 2021

    BBQ Pork Egg Fok Young

  • SenseiHeidi  on  February 9, 2021

    BBQ Pork Egg Foo Young

  • lean1  on  February 9, 2021

    Black bean chicken taco

  • DarcyVaughn  on  February 9, 2021

    Ramen with L.A. Kalbi

  • thecharlah  on  February 9, 2021


  • kitchen_chick  on  February 9, 2021

    Ginger-green tea beef with cilantro-ginger aioli and crispy noodles

  • Patrickn  on  February 9, 2021

    Moms easy wontons

  • youngsvnnhrs  on  February 9, 2021

    Honey-garlic spare ribs

  • sarahawker  on  February 10, 2021

    Chinese okra and mushroom stir-fry because we still have so much okra.

  • lselke  on  February 10, 2021

    mmm, durty fries.

  • hbakke  on  February 10, 2021

    Corn and chorizo sopas

  • quyenishfulness  on  February 10, 2021

    Bulgogi beef tostadas!

  • Shelley.b  on  February 10, 2021

    Prawn rendang

  • miggsy  on  February 10, 2021

    Mom’s easy wontons

  • Siegal  on  February 11, 2021

    I want to try red rooster fried rice

  • DFarnham  on  February 11, 2021

    black bean pork spareribs!

  • p2rex2  on  February 11, 2021

    Mexican Street Corn

  • dbranigan27  on  February 11, 2021

    I would love to try the Ginger-green tea beef with cilantro-ginger aioli and crispy noodles.

  • roxlet  on  February 12, 2021

    Prawn rendang

  • ktcupcake  on  February 12, 2021

    XO turnip cake

  • lhudson  on  February 12, 2021

    Chinese Sausage Croquetas

  • nevertoomuchflavor  on  February 12, 2021

    XO turnip cake

  • Cwlambert  on  February 12, 2021

    Mom’s easy wontons

  • Jenjeanh  on  February 12, 2021

    Sunday Shanghai noodles

  • LaurenE  on  February 12, 2021

    Sunday Shanghai noodles

  • Fraservalleygurl  on  February 12, 2021

    thank you

  • HomespunHouse  on  February 12, 2021

    Black bean chicken taco

  • rlmolnar  on  February 13, 2021

    XO turnip cake

  • MarciK  on  February 13, 2021

    Udon-stuffed meatballs

  • janv  on  February 14, 2021

    Yum – Ginger-green tea beef with cilantro-ginger aioli and crispy noodles

  • Delfina69  on  February 14, 2021

    Honey garlic spareribs

  • htomren  on  February 14, 2021

    NOLA-style vegan gumbo

  • hillsboroks  on  February 15, 2021

    I would make the summer tropical rice.

  • antpantsii  on  February 15, 2021

    Taiwanese squid

  • gilmonster  on  February 16, 2021

    Chinese Sausage Croquetas

  • calguire  on  February 16, 2021

    Chinese sausage croquetas

  • EmilyR  on  February 17, 2021

    sunday Shanghai noodles

  • NaomiH  on  February 18, 2021

    BBQ pork egg foo young

  • RickPearson54  on  February 19, 2021

    sunday shanghai noodles

  • fujirw  on  February 19, 2021

    XO turnip cake.

  • LeMinou  on  February 19, 2021

    Mom’s easy wontons

  • TammyDee  on  February 19, 2021

    I’d try mom’s Easy Won Tons first. I mean who doesn’t like won tons??

  • moralla  on  February 19, 2021

    Tandoori masala chicken fried rice

  • JessHeilman  on  February 20, 2021

    Mom’s easy wontons

  • Dannausc  on  February 21, 2021

    XO turnip cake

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  February 22, 2021

    Macanese Portuguese chicken curry found on page 80

  • chawkins  on  February 22, 2021

    Chinese Sausage Croquetas.

  • ChicagoJen  on  February 23, 2021

    Mexican street corn

  • vhfvhf  on  February 23, 2021

    Prawn rendang

  • lisambb  on  February 24, 2021

    Sunday Shanghai Noodles

  • sequoia55  on  February 24, 2021

    Corn and chorizo sopas

  • Dhasenkampf  on  February 24, 2021

    Red rooster fried rice

  • sarahteertzah  on  February 25, 2021

    Baked mac and cheese!

  • banba1  on  February 26, 2021


  • debbiehb  on  March 2, 2021

    Mom’s easy wontons

  • nvernon  on  March 2, 2021

    Udon-stuffed meatballs

  • cheftina888  on  March 2, 2021

    sunday shanghai noodles with mom’s easy wontons

  • nyserge  on  March 2, 2021

    Salted fried chicken wings (Ja gai yik)

  • Pizzacat13  on  March 4, 2021

    The Macanese Portuguese Chicken Curry sounds delicious. Always up for learning new chicken dishes!

  • lpatterson412  on  March 7, 2021

    Pineapple fried rice!

  • hibeez  on  March 8, 2021

    Honey-garlic spare ribs

  • kmn4  on  March 10, 2021

    Chilled noodles (Liang mein)

  • avonleajules  on  March 19, 2021

    Sunday Shanghai Noodles

  • Tabby72  on  March 21, 2021

    I’ll try Prawn Rendang!

  • Jwalker5  on  March 24, 2021

    Udon stuffed meatballs

  • Aminata95  on  March 29, 2021

    Sunday Shanghai noodles

  • jhejhejhejhe  on  March 30, 2021

    pork bone soup

  • edyenicole  on  April 6, 2021

    mom’s easy wontons

  • cellenly  on  April 7, 2021

    avocado boats

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  April 10, 2021

    I would like to make the Kung pao-style cauliflower wings.

  • Shelley.b  on  April 15, 2021

    Mom’s easy wontons

  • lauriesk  on  April 16, 2021

    NOLA-style vegan gumbo

  • orchidlady01  on  April 19, 2021

    Bulgogi beef tostadas

  • justcooking  on  April 19, 2021

    Black bean spare ribs (See jup pai gwat)

  • jezpurr  on  April 28, 2021

    Ooh Long Island iced tea!!!^_^

  • oreganoca  on  May 3, 2021

    Avocado Boats

  • beetlebug  on  May 27, 2021

    The meatloaf!

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