The Double Happiness Cookbook: 88 Feel-Good Recipes and Food Stories

The Double Happiness Cookbook: 88 Feel-Good Recipes and Food Stories

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In 2016, Trevor Lui abandoned a successful corporate job to throw on an apron and get into the kitchen, behind the bar, and in front of diners. The Double Happiness Cookbook is the compelling story of his inspiring journey, featuring 88 incredible recipes—from BBQ pork on rice to sweet chili cauliflower wings to ramen with L.A. Kalbi—that celebrate heritage, community, and identity.


“Filled with mouth-watering recipes that Trevor has gathered from meals shared with family and the many restaurants he’s cooked at. Fresh, inspiring and beautiful, this is the consummate immigrant story.”

—Tracy Moore, entrepreneur and host of Cityline

“This colourful story of Trevor’s journey of food is the essence of everyday life around the table. I speak from experience, having shared soulful meals at his table each time I have visited Toronto. Our experiences together prove the language of food is truly international.”

—Albert Adria, chef-owner, el barri Group of Restaurants

“Growing up, eating in Toronto’s Chinatown blew my mind again and again. Now Trevor brings back that culinary joy, only this time he’s rejuvenated those recipes with an arsenal of ingredients and techniques that makes me feel like a kid all over again.”

—Amanda Cohen, chef and owner, Dirty Candy

“Trevor has been at the forefront of Toronto’s new wave of authentic, far out, far east street food. A talented chef and communicator, he has created a cookbook that’s like Instagram come to life. From Taiwanese fried chicken to Kung-Pao style cauliflower wings, all cravings will be sated.”

—Amy Rosen, cookbook author and owner of Rosen’s Cinnamon Buns

“This book is a whole lot of fun and full of easy weeknight flavour bombs such as sesame ginger chicken, Chinese meatloaf and carbonara ramen. There are some cool drinks that add to the playfulness of the book.”

—Cassandra Adderton, BC Living Magazine

Trevor Lui:

Trevor has made a life and career surrounded by the sights and sounds of food. For the past twenty years, he has produced thousands of event experiences and has co-created and developed some of Toronto’s foremost food brands, including Kanpai Snack Bar, Yatai Japanese Street Food, Shook Noodle, La Brea Food, Joybird Fried Chicken, and Makan Noodle Bar. His culinary agency Highbell Group organizes uniquely immersive culinary events that push the boundaries of innovation. Trevor is also the co-founder of the agency Quell which highlights the leadership and talents of notable BIPOC leaders in hospitality. He is a frequent consultant, speaker, and editorial contributor to media outlets such as CityLine and business forums. He also directs and hosts a video series called “Soulful Food Stories.” This is his first book.