Koreatown: A Cookbook

Deuki HOng & Matt Rodbard

Hong, Deuki; Koreatown
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
Publication date: 16-Feb-2016
Date Finished: 28-Mar-2016
Format: hardcover
Pages: 272
Series: —
Genres: Non-Fiction, Cookbook, Korean
ISBN: 9780804186131
Source: Blogging For Books
Rating:4 star

A collection of 100 recipes exploring the foods and flavors of Koreatown, a New York Times bestseller and one of the most praised cookbooks of 2016.

This is not your average soft-focus “journey to Asia” kind of cookbook. Koreatown is a spicy, funky, flavor-packed love affair with the grit and charm of Korean cooking in America. Koreatowns around the country are synonymous with mealtime feasts and late-night chef hangouts, and Deuki Hong and Matt Rodbard show us why with stories, interviews, and over 100 delicious, super-approachable recipes.
It’s spicy, it’s fermenty, it’s sweet and savory and loaded with umami: Korean cuisine is poised to break out in the U.S., but until now, Korean cookbooks have been focused on taking readers to an idealized Korean fantasyland. Koreatown, though, is all about what’s real and happening right here: the foods of Korean American communities all over our country, from L.A. to New York City, from Atlanta to Chicago. We follow Rodbard and Hong through those communities with stories and recipes for everything from beloved Korean barbecue favorites like bulgogi and kalbi to the lesser-known but deeply satisfying stews, soups, noodles, salads, drinks, and the many kimchis of the Korean American table. -Goodreads


First off, this is the first cookbook I have ever reviewed. For the most part, I am reviewing the readability and the aesthetics of the book. This book is definitely one that will catch your eye, the high contrast of the black background to the white food filled dishes. I love that the Korean foods are showcased within the title of the book. If I had come across this one in the store, I definitely would have picked it up.

Additionally, I love how the book is laid out. The pages look clean and are very easy to read. When you first open the book and delve in, you are given very interesting introductions from both authors, then the book proceeds into showing the readers the ingredients and equipment they may need. This is great for ignorant Americans like myself! It is essentially a dictionary of Korean food ingredients and the equipment that they use. They even include a visual of Korean produce that lists both the English and Korean names.

Aesthetically this book is gorgeous. All of the images included are wonderful. The food images are mouth-watering! While I have yet to actually make any of the recipes because I haven’t been able to find and go to  a Korean market to buy the ingredients, I am super impressed with this book and I can’t wait to try the food.

 What do you like to cook?

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

One thought on “Koreatown

  1. I’m not a cooker, but when I risk myself in the kitchen, I usually go for the sweets ❤ Lovely review, now I'm hungry, haha!

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