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Cooking Korean Food With Maangchi - Books 1&2: From Youtube To Your Kitchen Paperback – November 13, 2008
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I have actually taken the book with me to our local Asian grocery stores to inquire about a specific ingredient or two, and they were able to easily help me find the products I needed. If you need more help, you can look up some of the recipes on youtube and watch Maangachi cooking them herself, so you can learn techniques and what things should look/feel like. If you still have questions, you can go to her website and she'll answer them personally!! The only reason I give the book four stars instead of five is that for the price, I would have liked to have seen more recipes, although you do get most of the basics.
As an added bonus, due to the nature of Korean cooking the recipes are dairy free and mostly egg free as well, so they can be easily used for allergy households. There is also a good selection of recipes that either contain no meat or can be made without meat.
There are all kinds of dishes here - main courses, sidedishes, desserts - theres something for everyone, I've mainly been cooking Noodles for the kids and my mother absolutely loves the Ginseng Chicken Soup.
Naengmyun and soondubu chigae and kimchi and kaktugi are the highlights though. The video for the kimchi recipe has nearly a million views on YouTube.
The book itself has lots of pictures which I always find helpful and is written in a very good and simple instructional style that is very easy to understand.
It doesn't talk much about the history of each dish or the food, however. If you want that you need to look it up on Wikipedia or get a history book.
The author delves straight to the recipes after a brief introductory note, without mincing words about the tradition and style of Korean cooking. This way the reader does not suffer much, because the selection of recipes gives an expansive picture of the Korean cooking basics, common ingredients and culinary traditions.
We learn that rice is the backbone of almost every Korean meal. Many of the recipes are recommended to be served with rice dishes, whereas many recipes themselves are rice based. Thus we have rice powders, rice dough, rice flour, rice balls, rice cakes, rice wine, sweet rice, barley rice, or just plain rice as ingredients.
Then there are a lot of side dish recipes. Korean cuisine is marked by a sizable numbers of side dishes. In the book as many as nine side dishes are offered, starting from eggs to eggplants.
Although it is a common idea that Korean food is meat based, the author presents many leaf, vegetable or grain based recipes to give some reassurance to those who are not comfortable with such food items. Even one dessert item is included to give variety to the recipes.
For those wary about finding the exotic looking ingredients, there is a sensible advice from the author: "bring this book to the grocery store and get the ingredients that you need even if you don't know what they are." The pictures in the book will help.
This is after all, to use the author's words, "a practical book".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Maangchi makes Korean cooking easy to prepare and enjoy....Just love her recipesPublished 6 months ago by M M
I watch Maangchi on YouTube for her tutorials. She is so down to earth, cute and fun. I didn't hesitate to order her cookbook. Read morePublished 14 months ago by kimmie 2
This cook book is so so . The way how the cook book look like it seems like some of the text book at school. ! Read morePublished 15 months ago by rebecca
Happy to have this book!!! Yes it's not well designed like many books on the market. But how many books have a YouTube channel to help you? How many books have heart in them? Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love Maangchi! I almost always use her recipes to cook Korean food. I can't wait until her next book!Published 19 months ago by Jeewon Edwards
Love Maangchi and these books are a great reference when cooking her dishes. Worth it!Published 20 months ago by Betty Dickinson
I have watched Maangchi's Youtube videos. While she is the forerunner on Korean cooking, I was underwhelmed by her cookbook. I found it to be uninformative and a bit too basic. Read morePublished 21 months ago by S. Cunningham