Thursday, 31 December 2020

Book Review: Cook Korean! - A Comic Book with Recipes by Robin Ha (Non-Fiction/Cookbook)

Title: Cook Korean!: A Comic Book with Recipes
Author: Robin Ha
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Publication Date: 2016
Pages:
176
Format:
Paperback
Genre: Non-Fiction / Cookbook
Source: Xmas Gift

Fun to look at and easy to use, this unique combination of cookbook and graphic novel is the ideal introduction to cooking Korean cuisine at home. Robin Ha’s colorful and humorous one-to three-page comics fully illustrate the steps and ingredients needed to bring more than sixty traditional (and some not-so-traditional) dishes to life.

In these playful but exact recipes, you’ll learn how to create everything from easy kimchi (mak kimchi) and soy garlic beef over rice (bulgogi dupbap) to seaweed rice rolls (gimbap) and beyond. Friendly and inviting,
Cook Korean! is perfect for beginners and seasoned cooks alike.

Each chapter includes personal anecdotes and cultural insights from Ha, providing an intimate entry point for those looking to try their hand at this cuisine.

 

Cook Korean! offers a fun work that is both recipe book and guide to Korean cuisine and culture. The recipes are all nicely illustrated, laid out and easy to follow, and Ha injects some fun anecdotes and snippets of historical and cultural information along the way. There is a good selection of dishes, with something for everyone, and options are offered to vary the dishes if, for example, you are a vegetarian and wish to avoid using fish sauce. Having only received the book last week, I have not tried making any of these dishes yet. I confess, I am still a little intimidated by the number of ingredients and the length of time some of them take, but perhaps I will gather my courage and set aside an hour or two to try some of them in the new year!

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