Hannah Che
BornAnn Arbor, Michigan, U.S.
  • food writer
  • author
  • pianist
Alma materB.M, M.M. Shepherd School of Music, Rice University
SubjectPlant-based/Vegan cookbooks
Notable worksThe Vegan Chinese Kitchen
Notable awardsJames Beard Foundation Award

Hannah Che is an American Plant-based/Vegan writer, chef, and author, as well as a pianist. Her cookbook, The Vegan Chinese Kitchen, won the 2023 James Beard Foundation Award.

Early life and education

Che was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan,[1] to immigrant parents from China.[2][3] When she was 9, her father's work took them to Shenzhen, China for three years before returning to the United States.[3] She trained as a pianist at Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, receiving both a B.M. and M.M.[1] She then studied vegetarian cooking at the Guangzhou Vegetarian Culinary School in China.[4]


Che states that after reading Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer, she "chose to shift to plant-based eating for health, environmental, and ethical reasons."[5] She then began to study "other culinary traditions, like plant-based Thai and Mediterranean cuisine."[5] She states that she learned that "plant-based eating is a long-standing tradition in Chinese cuisine."[5][6] She started the blog, "The Plant-Based Wok," as a result of these changes.[7]


The New York Times and The Washington Post named her first cookbook, The Vegan Chinese Kitchen (2022), one of the Best Cookbooks of 2022,[8][9] and the Food Network listed it as one of the “10 Best New Vegan Cookbooks” for 2023.[10] VegNews listed it as one of the "Top 100 Vegan Cookbooks of All Time" in 2024.[11]

It won the 2023 James Beard Foundation Award[12] and 2023 International Association of Culinary Professionals Julia Child First Book Award.[13]

Awards and honors

Year Awards and Honors Event
2023 James Beard Foundation Award James Beard Foundation Award: Vegetable Focused Cooking[12]
2023 IACP Julia Child First Book Award, Presented By The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts[13]



  1. ^ a b Che, Hannah. "Biography". Hannahche.com. Retrieved November 20, 2023.
  2. ^ Mok, Charmaine (October 9, 2022). "'This was my heritage I'd underappreciated': vegan Chinese cookbook author Hannah Che on an epiphany in China". South China Morning Post. Retrieved November 20, 2023.
  3. ^ a b "Hananh Che: Our Cover Girl Was Nominated for a James Beard Award". Elite Gen Magazine. April 27, 2023. Retrieved November 20, 2023.
  4. ^ Che, Hannah. "about". theplantbasedwok.com. Retrieved November 20, 2023.
  5. ^ a b c Roy, Paula (September 30, 2022). "A fresh look at traditional Chinese cuisine". Ottawa At Home. Retrieved December 31, 2023.
  6. ^ Yam, Genevieve (September 12, 2022). "This Vegan Cookbook Celebrates Chinese Home Cooking". Epicurious. Retrieved December 31, 2023.
  7. ^ Puckett, Susan (October 5, 2022). "Cookbook review: Plant-based dishes inspired by Buddhist traditions". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved December 31, 2023.
  8. ^ "The Best Cookbooks of 2022". The New York Times. December 12, 2022. Retrieved November 20, 2023.
  9. ^ "Our Favorite Cookbooks of 2022". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 20, 2023.
  10. ^ Khoury-Hanold, Layla (2023-01-03). "10 Best New Vegan Cookbooks". Food Network. Retrieved 2023-12-28.
  11. ^ Pointing, Charlotte (January 10, 2024). "The Top 100 Vegan Cookbooks of All Time". VegNews. Retrieved January 16, 2024.
  12. ^ a b "James Beard Awards: Hannah Che". James Beard Foundation Award. Retrieved November 20, 2023.
  13. ^ a b Hecht, Lisa. "2023 IACP Awards Winners". IACP. Retrieved 2023-11-23.