My high school best friend is Korean. I remember after school we would go to her house and I would be able to eat some pretty awesome Korean food. Coming from a Chinese background, it was interesting to see the similarities in ingredients, but the food our mother’s made were so different.
Reading Koreatown: A Cookbook was a trip down memory lane. Although I enjoy Korean food now and again, it isn’t our first choice to go if we go out to dinner.
The cookbook includes an introduction and ingredients and equipment section, but the rest of the contents include:
- Kimchi & Banchan (my personal favorite)
- Rice, Noodles & Dumplings
- Barbecue, Grilled, Smoked & Fried
- Drinking Food, Pojangmacha
- Soups, Stews & Braises
- Respect: Guest Recipes
- Sweets & Desserts
I haven’t come across many Korean cookbooks, so this book was definitely a pleasant surprise. One of the things I liked was that the book focused on Korean classics like kimchi and barbecue, but there were also other spins that include Korean foods and how they fit into America today. There are stories from people and the places they’re from that make the book a bit more readable than your average cookbook.
I can’t wait to get cooking and Facebook messaging my friend asking her if she remembers all the foods we shared together!
Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are my own.