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"YouTube's Korean Julia Child."
--The New York Times

"In this delightful collection, [Maangchi] showcases the variety and breadth of Korean cooking... She begins by detailing typical Korean meals, with ever-present rice and kimchi served in a multitude of ways. She also provides comprehensive ingredient and equipment lists that help orient first timers...  Side dishes steal the show, including braised beef in soy sauce, stir-fried kale with soybean paste, blanched spinach with scallions and sesame, and stir-fried pork... Maangchi has written an essential cookbook for anyone who wants to learn to prepare authentic Korean cuisine." 
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"Maangchi Time!" 
—Roy Choi

"Maangchi is an amazing source for authentic Korean recipes that are easily and thoroughly explained for professional and amateur cooks alike. Her passion for Korean food and her pursuit of culinary excellence have inspired me and many others."
—Hooni Kim, chef, Danji


About the Author

MAANGCHI ("Hammer" in Korean) was born and raised in South Korea, where she learned the fundamentals of home cooking from her relatives. A former counseler for victims of domestic violence and movie extra, she is the founder-owner of maangchi.com, the top online destination for Korean cooking. She also has her own YouTube channel and is a member of its partnership program. 
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (May 19, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 054412989X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0544129894
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 1.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (328 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Hello Kitchen TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 19, 2015
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I've been a fan of Maangchi's website and YouTube channel for a couple of years. I think she is charming and down to earth, and she makes everything she does seem easy and accessible to the rest of us. I was so excited to get this cookbook, and I'm not disappointed! This book is beautiful to look at, with color photos and brightly colored pages, as well as informative and fun to read.

Maangchi's Real Korean Cooking is so much more than a cookbook. It's a true primer on authentic Korean cooking and I wish I had this book when I began cooking Korean foods. A glossary of ingredients includes photos, descriptions, and food names in both English and Korean. Info on acceptable substitutes is also available when possible. Tips and techniques are dotted throughout the book, making everything guess-free. Included is also a fascinating introduction to the basics of traditional Korean meals and the culture that surrounds them.

This book is also filled with color photographs of finished recipes, as well as some step by step photos. I think there are over 400 photos in all! Like many people, I prefer cookbooks with photos to entice me into trying them. Yes, it's food porn. And it's so good!

The recipes are varied and include many basic Korean mainstays, as well as some unique recipes. I was particularly thrilled to find recipes for making kitchen staples such as homemade gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste) and rice liquor. I make kimchi all the time, which I learned from Maangchi's YouTube channel, but never thought about making other fermented foods and pastes. Now I will!

I live on a mostly plant based diet, with occasional seafood. Many of the recipes in this cookbook include beef and pork, but plenty are meatless or include seafood.
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After living in Korea for 2 years I fell in love with the food (actually it only took a couples months) and now I crave my favorite dishes constantly. At first I tried going to Korean restaurants, but they were often expensive and there are many dishes that I just couldn't find. A friend of my suggested Maangchi's youtube channel and I tried her recipe for my favorite Korean dish, Dak Galbi. It was exactly like I remembered. So delicious! I spent the next few weeks cooking all my other favorites: bulgogi, gamjatang, japchae bap, etc. I couldn't get enough. I bought my own Korean BBQ grill and started making all the side dishes! Everything I could ever want to make was on her website and youtube channel. Much more than could ever fit in a book, but it's nice to flip through and choose my next meal. Thank you Maangchi!!
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**A 4.5 STAR REVIEW** (I gave a 5 instead of 4 because Maangchi is amazing).

I have been using Maangchi's website for her Korean recipes ever since I began living alone and wanted to try my hand at authentic Korean cuisine. Maangchi is such a great instructor and cook, providing clear cut instructions for her recipes. I was SOOO happy when I heard that she was coming out with a full cookbook. I preordered it, and I also received the autograph the day before I received the book. The autograph comes on a sticker, and I proudly stuck her autograph on the inside of the book. :)

Most recipes are found on her website, with some new ones. All recipes come with a final picture of the dish, with some coming with pictures of the cooking process.

Some really amazing things that I LOVE about the book:

1. Maangchi has a section dedicated to showing small pictures and descriptions of the essential Korean ingredients and equipment used in the cookbook. Very useful so you know what you're looking for when you're shopping in a very diverse and large oriental market!

2. There are 11 sections:
Rice, noodles, soups/stews, kimchi, side dishes, pancakes, snacks, party food, fermented foods, sauces/garnishes, and desserts. The largest section is the side dish section, one of the main reasons I bought the book!

3. There is a small section in the back of the book listing what a typical Korean day is in terms of meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner), and as well as lists of dishes typically served during holidays.

4. The photographs are very vibrant and beautiful, with labels to know exactly what you're looking at.

5. She even included some comments that people posted on her website when they were asking for tips related to the dishes.
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I have been a fan of Maangchi's for years and have made many of her dishes. Her quick kimchi, seolleongtang (ox-bone or beef bone soup), Dwaejigogi-bokkeum (spicy stir-fried pork) and many other dishes are my go-to recipes for Korean dishes. I recently tried some of her new recipes from the book like yaksik (sweetended rice with nutes and fruits), oi-muchim (spicy cucumber side dish), danmuji (pickled radish) and they were all easy to make and turned out perfectly. For THE definitive guide to great Korean cooking and recipes; Maangchi's is the only book you will find yourself reaching for time and again. I can't wait for her next volume!!
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I love this cookbook. It is very well made with beautiful pictures and a smooth textured paper for the outside flaps. There are so many recipes in here and it is very organized so I don't feel overwhelmed! I have been following Maangchi's website and youtube and cooked many successful recipes. If I am cooking a Korean dish, I check Maangchi above any other place! Also her romanized names and english translations of the dishes and ingredients is spot-on. She explains very well and approaches cooking with her fun attitude and cute mannerisms (like calling a radish cute haha!) Her collection of recipes feature a little of everything - from desserts, side dishes and main courses, to spicy and nonspicy, vegetarian and meat-lovers, simple and difficult. Since Maangchi knows how finding Korean ingredients can sometimes be hard, she even includes what substitutes you can use, and if it's not listed you can always ask her or her fans on the website! Maangchi is very supportive if you show off your food online, she will sometimes reply to your picture of food or your comment on a dish! I also love the introduction section of Maangchi's cookbook, where she talks about herself a bit. She has never had any professional training in cooking and she has many different life experiences so I think many people can relate to her. If possible, I would suggest using this book along with the videos on Youtube that she has posted, since those are half the fun!
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