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The Best of Korean Cuisine [Kindle Edition]

Karen Hulene Bartell
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Food is the soul of every culture and in Korean cuisine, 'Seoul' takes on a double meaning. With over 80 authentic recipes, this cookbook blends the rich diversity of Korean cuisine with the seasonal fare, holiday feasts, and auspicious foods suggested by the lunar calendar. Sample such delicacies as Barbecued Beef Sirloin, Capon with Gingseng and Korean Dates, Azalea Pancakes, and Persimmon Punch.

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About the Author

Karen Hulene Bartell is the author of Best of Polish Cooking, Best of Taiwanese Cooking, and Fine Filipino Food (2003), all published by Hippocrene Books. A senior technical writer, she lives in Driftwood, Texas, with her husband.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1979 KB
  • Print Length: 165 pages
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books (May 31, 2002)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XT73NM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,491,353 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What's with the format of this book? February 12, 2004
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I ordered this book as a Valentines present for myself, also to get in touch with my Korean side. (I'm half Korean) None of the recipes seemed at all familiar to the ones my mother made except the Barley tea. The format is confusing to me also. Everything is done per celebration versus chapters of entrees. I do appreciate some of the history and explanation of customs, but not enough to recommend this book to anyone.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Korean Cuisine?? Really?? March 17, 2009
By Michael
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you are interested in Korean food, there are some Korean cookbooks out there that are really good. This is not one of them. I don't know where she got these recipes, but they are simply wrong. I have yet to see one that either sounds good, or authentic. Not only are the ingredients not right, the methods of preparation is incorrect. If you made the cabbage or eggplant Kim Chi as she states, they would be nothing but mush. She gives a recipe for Mandu that says how to make the wrappers, but not for the filling. I have no idea why. I think someone was messing with her when they gave her these recipes. My wife and I still wonder if she has tried these herself. I love Korean food and this is my thirteenth Korean cookbook. I would recommend any other one before this one. Including the one that has all the ingredients in grams. Save your money, unless you plan on purchasing this for a joke on someone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible...and I know Korean Food November 29, 2011
By Fort
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I know my Korean food and I cook it at home as well. The ingredients might be correct, but there is no way anyone would make 2 pounds of kimchi with 1 tablespoon of chili powder. That is not enough to season the kimchi! If you're going to try any of these recipes, I would look for them online elsewhere and hope that the recipes you find have enough seasoning to make your food taste good. The bulgogi recipes (bbq beef) don't even have enough ingredients for the marinade to cover the meat!
I wish I could delete this from my kindle forever. As is, it's stuck in the archive now. Save your time and don't bother even though it's free.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible. January 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
"Food is the soul of every culture and in Korean cuisine, 'Seoul' takes on a double meaning." Really, that about sums up the quality, accuracy, and cultural awareness you can expect to find in this book. (Seoul is pronounced "soul" like champagne is pronounced "champ-pag-nuh").

Now, I cook a lot. Specifically, I cook a lot of Korean food. I do not know where this person got the recipes for her book, but I'm willing to bet my favorite rice cooker that 1) she hasn't eaten a whole lot of Korean food, and 2) she never learned to cook from a Korean person.

As stated in some of the other reviews, a few of the recipes are unworkable. Others feature food that is definitely not what I would call "the Best" of Korean cuisine, or even Korean cuisine at all. Logans and bananas, for example, are not Korean and cilantro is NOT a Korean spice (it was never grown in Korea and many Korean people actually dislike the taste). The cookbook also says nothing about the fundamentals of Korean cooking (an in Korean cooking you have to know how to balance ingredients that bring out certain tastes like sweet, salty, and umame), which makes the cookbook completely ineffectual because many Korean dishes are notoriously difficult to cook unless you have either extremely accurate recipes or know exactly how it's supposed to taste. If she learned to cook from a Korean person, they would have told her this. And, as someone who cooks Korean food, I can tell you the recipes are not accurate. If the author had eaten a lot of Korean food, she would have known this the minute she tried the recipes (well, assuming she tried the recipes).
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