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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Hardcover with Jacket edition (October 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804839905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804839907
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 9.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Cooking school teachers Chung and Samuels offer an alluring array of Korean recipes designed for the Western kitchen. As an added bonus, the authors delve into the history of the cuisine, including the importance of balance in taste and color, medicinal qualities of ingredients, and construction of the typical Korean family meal. They also include a lengthy section introducing the reader to common ingredients of the cuisine. The dishes, some traditional, some modernized for contemporary tastes, are what the authors call a starter kit: the building blocks essential to Korean cooking. Staples include Kimchi Paste, Soy Scallion Dipping Sauce and a collection of homemade stocks. Because Korean meals often include a minimum of five dishes, recipes are quick and accessible. Some, such as Korean Dumplings, include handy sidebars with instructions on technique. Others, such as Asparagus Salad, Korean Hot Wings, and Stir Fried Beef with Vegetables clearly appeal to the American sense of familiarity, albeit with a Korean flair. For the more adventurous, recipes such as Roasted Corn Tea, Kimchi Soup, and Warm and Spicy Squid Salad are sure to appeal. Complete with full-color photos throughout, this collection offers a welcome and undaunting introduction into Korean cuisine. (Oct.)
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"A very appealing introduction to Korean cuisine, both classical and contemporary."—Library Journal

"A welcome and undaunting introduction into Korean cuisine"—Publishers Weekly

"Your display will not be complete without copies of The Korean Table, From Barbecue to Bibimbap (Tuttle Publishing; $27.95; Available Now), a new collection of recipes that are new, fresh, healthy and full of flavor."—Gourmet Retailer

"Samuels appreciates Korean cuisine especially for its "enormously healthy and vegetable-heavy" qualities, so much so that she and her longtime friend Taekyung Chung have just published "The Korean Table," a 100 -recipe collection of what she calls "starter" recipes."—Washington Post

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Many great recipes for her to make and try.
Jason A. Kaas
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in Korean cuisine, especially to beginners of Korean cooking.
Jason
The recipes are easy to follow, they always work and they're very tasty.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A. Thomas on May 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Got this book from library first and used it so much I decided to buy it. It's rare that I want to make every recipe in a cook book, but that's the case here. I wanted to learn about Korean food and, living in Los Angeles, I have access to a rich, authentic Korean community. I use this book to guide me in Korean markets. The recipes are easy to follow, they always work and they're very tasty. For anyone who wants to expand their cooking repertoire to include this great cuisine, I recommend this book. (Also, compared it to others in the library and this was my favorite.)
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Harnett VINE VOICE on November 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The basics chapter, which kicks off this attractive and practical book, is a confidence booster. Simple base sauces and spice pastes which last for months allow the home cook to whip up kimchi or mouthwatering barbecue at a whim (plus a day for marinating).

A sample meal might include Barbecued Ribs or Hot Wings or Whole Baked Fish (simply seasoned with Red Pepper Paste, made ahead and handy in the fridge) or Kimchi Hot Pot; Cucumber and Grilled Eggplant (pan-fried eggplant with raw cucumbers in a soy-scallion sauce), or Seasoned Bean Sprouts; Potato and Basil pancakes (also served with soy-scallion dipping sauce) or Kimchi Pancakes; Sticky Rice with Dried Fruit and Nuts, or Korean Fried Rice; and Garden Ripe Tomatoes Drizzled with Honey for dessert.

Organized by course, using ingredients found in the local grocery and accompanied by luscious photographs, these 100 recipes are easy and exotic, many taking only a few minutes to prepare. A user-friendly introduction to a lively cuisine.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Melo on October 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
After reading the reviews on most of the Korean cook books available on Amazon, I decided to go with this one. I'm a Korean American born and raised in Texas marrried to a Korean man born and raised in Korea. Needless to say, I found the need to learn how to cook more Korean dishes. I had a couple of recipes up my sleeves already, but that obviously wasn't going to be enough for a man that was going to be missing his homeland food terribly now that he's living in Houston. Yes, there are a few very good Korean restaurants in Houston, but we can't be eating out all the time! I was hoping this book would be perfect for a novice like me, but I ended up being quite disappointed. The illustrations are great, but the recipes are not all the most authentic. Some of the dishses my husband had never even heard of. Many of the recipes seem to be "westernized." I still think this would be a great book for a beginner, but not for someone who is looking for authentic Korean recipes.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By xoxogirl44 on January 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
this is a great cookbook for fans of korean food. it has lots of pictures which is always helpful, and what i think is a bonus is that it has a chapter explaining how to make all kinds of korean sauces!! also it has another entire chapter just for korean "side dishes" alone, (for anyone who's had korean food before, it's the small side dishes they always give you before the meal) and for me that was also great, b.c I'm not korean, and sometimes you stare at these 'side dishes' and wonder what they are.. the rest of the book also includes some recipes for korean hot pot, and other noodle and rice dishes.

My only complaint about this book is that most (not all) of the portions made in this cookbook are a bit big; most of them "serve 4" or more. otherwise this book is a must have if you love korean cuisine.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jason on October 28, 2010
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One reviewer recently mentioned that her biggest complaint was that this book didn't have more traditional recipes. Being a Korean myself, I don't fully disagree with her opinion, however, there are several "traditional" recipes to satisfy any Korean, and in addition, there are several other recipes that I found to be a wonderful compliment to modern Korean cuisine. While some of these recipes are not common or "traditional," they do show the wide variety of styles that are found in Korean cooking today! These recipes do, in my opinion, retain the "traditional" foundations of Korean cooking, especially with regards to flavor, and they simply take things a step further by adding some modern dishes, such as Korean style hot wings, etc. Also keep in mind that there are regional variations to Korean food, and the recipes in this book reflect this as well.

If you are looking for only true "traditional" Korean cuisine, then you might be better off looking for a book that provides you recipes based on Korean Court dishes... Otherwise, this book is absolutely wonderful with delicious, easy to make recipes, unlike traditional Korean Court dishes which are often very labor intensive!

I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in Korean cuisine, especially to beginners of Korean cooking. As I previously mentioned, the recipes are quite simple with ingredients that are easy to find, and it also does a good job covering the core basics of Korean cuisine, especially the sauces!! I really applaud the creators for also being different by adding some recipes that highlight the diversity of true Korean cuisine today!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
THE KOREAN TABLE: FROM BARBECUE TO BIBIMBAP is a fine survey showing how to create a complete Korean meal from start to finish - including recipes for dishes such as Scallion Pancakes, Korean Dumplings, Ramen Noodle and Dumpling Soup, and more. Color photos throughout accent a Korean cookbook packed with dishes easy to produce at home, making for a top pick for any seeking an introduction to the art of Korean cooking.
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