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The Kimchi Chronicles: Korean Cooking for an American Kitchen Hardcover – August 2, 2011
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About the Author
Marja Vongerichten is a Korean-born former actress and model. At home with her husband, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, she cooks authentic, Korean dishes. She and Jean-Georges live in New York City with their daughter Chloe.
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Top Customer Reviews
We'd stand at the rolling carts eating hot food off a stick or go into little holes in the walls (literally,it would not be unusual to go in somewhere that had maybe three tables and someone sleeping in the back separated only by a curtain) hand over some won and be fed. Half the time we had no idea what we were even eating but it was delicious.
The Kimchi Chronicles bring back those wonderful ingredients, memories, and the unique individuality of Korean food. We haven't had the pleasure of seeing the PBS series yet, but Marja Vongerichten evokes the feeling of Korea in her cookbook. She does an excellent job of explaining the ingredients. The book is full of pictures of finished recipes which is very helpful when exploring a new cuisine.
Chapter one, which is on Kimchee, might be surprising for anyone unfamiliar with Korean food. Kimchee is not just the pickled red cabbage we associate with the word. Marja (not spelling out the last name every single time, sorry) shows how different food works together to make an entire experience, not just a meal.
Okay, so the book's pretty, has pictures, and food in Korea is yummy, none of that really matters if the recipes don't work.Read more ›
Comprehending basic tastes is integral to being able to produce any kind of complex flavor and I appreciate the amount of care and warmth Marja uses to approach each ingredient and element of the cuisine. Being a biracial asian-american myself, growing up essentially all-american, I also found myself completely relating to her search for connections to her cultural roots during early adulthood, particularly via food. I did much of the same when I was growing up.
Many of the dishes presented in this cookbook are among the most basic in Korean cuisine, while others, by her husband, are somewhat fancy fusion creations. I even got some validation from my wife (native Korean) that the kimchi hotdogs that I had been making over the past few years were not just a product of my insanity, and that there were actually others who thought it was a good idea too. While I enjoyed Jean-Georges' recipes, I do feel that they tended to dominate the cookbook, and I wasn't able to see enough of Marja's cooking. If I were to improve anything in future volumes of her "Chronicles" series, I would recommend that we see more of her recipes, instead of her husband's.
Overall, a very enjoyable cookbook. I recommend it to American and Asian-American audiences who are relatively new to Korean cooking.
(I received this cookbook as a part of my local public radio station's cookbook club)
I love all of the personal touches in this book, little anecdotal stories, photos and a really great foreword from Jean-Georges. The photos are absolutely beautiful. The stories are great because you learn a lot about Korean food and Korean culture. Reading the Marja's introduction literally made me cry. (I'm a total sucker for stories about children.)
I think even if you are a seasoned Korean cook this would be a wonderful addition to your library.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you like Korean food you will absolutely love this cookbook. The recipes turn out perfectly delicious so that you don't have to adjust a thing.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is an excellent source of knowledge about Korean cooking and culture! It was a great experience to read, the receipts are easy to follow and very tasty. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nicole Chiapperino
I am Korean, born in America. My parents are both native south Koreans. My dad has recently been staying during the week to help with childcare, and before they moved nearby I... Read morePublished 3 months ago by SW
This is a really great book. Recipes are easy to follow and we've had great success. I've enjoyed it so much I've given it as a gift a few times.Published 6 months ago by Mark T.
Good explanation of Korean culture and food history. Succinct.
Good selection of recipes. Read more
Not you mom's recipes, but this is a beautiful book with great recipes. This book is great for beginners to those well-versed in Korean foods. I love it!Published 7 months ago by branmufn3