I love, love, love Korean food, be it barbecue, street snacks or a nice big bowl of bibimbap. Yet, Korean cookbooks seem to be rather rare comparing to any other ethnic cuisine. I am super excited about Koreatown : A Cookbook written by Deuki Hong, a chef of a Korean barbecue restaurant, and Matt Rodbard a food writer.
The book is as busy as Koreatown itself, mixing recipes with essays and interviews with people on the scene- chefs, merchants and Korean food enthusiasts. The book is actually organized by the type of food one feels like eating. After the introduction of tools and ingredients comes the section main ingredient of any Korean meal- kimchi! The most beloved side dishes recipes are included in this section. Rice, Noodles and Dumplings section follows with Barbecue after that. Drinking food is the next one with a bunch of recipes that go well with drinks and for a hangover – salty and greasy snacks and hearty soups. Soup, Stews and Braises section is my favorite- lots of soups to choose from, perfect for winter days. The guest recipes and drinks sections come after that . A rather small section with sweets recipes completes the book. The organization of this book felt a little bit erratic- I would have probably put drinking food closer to drinks and guest recipes section, but it’s easy enough to find as it is.
Overall impression: I liked this book for what it was- an ultimate comfort food book, recipes are straightforward and easy to follow. Many of my favorite dishes are included. There are helpful guides to where to find ingredients. The little essays are fun to read. 5 stars.
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.