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Quick & Easy Korean Cooking: More Than 70 Everyday Recipes (Gourmet Cook Book Club Selection (Paperback)) Paperback – March 25, 2009
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There is a fair representation of recipes from the familiar like korean barbecued beef ribs, to the unusual like black rice porridge. If you are looking for the definitive tome on korean cooking, this is not the book. But if you are a beginner and/or just looking for new recipes to broaden your weeknight repertoire, this book will more than do justice in introducing simple but authentic korean flavors.
Overall, a great book that delivers what the title promises!
The noodle dishes are diverse and tasty as are the rice dishes. There is a recipe for Spicy Sashimi Rice that is particularly appetizing. Amongst desserts there are Poached Asian Pear, Chilled Cinnamin-Ginger Tea, an absolutely beautiful Watermelon Punch and a Lemon-Ginger Martini known as a soju cocktail, which is made from a distilled liquor made from potatos or yams. The combinations of flavors amongst the 70 recipes in this book is amazingly eclectic. Each recipe averages between 8 and 10 ingredients so they truly are light recipes. Something else that is attractive to a busy cook is that they are very easy to prepare and do not take long, most of them taking about 10-20 minutes of preparation.
I cannot imagine an easier introduction to this fascinating cuisine.Read more ›
Quick and Easy Korean Cooking has been a wise investment for me. The author gives a beginning introduction to ingredients commonly used in Korean cooking and categorizes them as a, b, or c list, depending on how frequently they are used. She also provides a list of equipment frequently used. The chapters then follow as:appetizers and snacks; soups and hot pots; small side dishes; chicken, beef, and pork; fish and shellfish; kimchi and other pickled things; ice; noodles; sweets and drinks; and sauces and other basics. She concludes with lists of menus, mail orders sources for ingredients, and finally books and resources on the foods and culture of Korea. It isn't a large book--about seventy recipes in all--but there is a ton of variety in this compact little gem.
The ingredients are fairly basic, as is fitting for an introductory guide. I notice lots of sesame oil, soy sauce, Korean chile powder, green onions, chile paste, and ginger. Most ingredients are fairly easy to get at a well-stocked grocery store. When I encounter something that I can't locate such as sweet potato noodles, my mother-in-law usually picks them up for me at an Asian market near where she works. The recipes are fairly basic and don't contain more than a handful (certainly less than ten) ingredients so you won't overshoot your budget or you'll skill level if you are just starting to familiarize yourself with Korean cooking.Read more ›
There's a nice variety of recipes here. The barbecued pork ribs are wonderful -- I served them with the green onion pancakes, also very tasty. I guess I'm lucky: I live in an area where there are a number of Asian markets, and most supermarkets have an excellent international foods section, so finding the ingredients for these dishes isn't an issue. You might find you need to substitute -- you won't get exactly the same flavors or results, but you'll probably come close enough.
I'm giving this five stars because it succeeds at its intended purpose: a well presented collection of simple recipes that allow a home cook to experience Korean foods without heading for a Korean restaurant.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Food is bland if cooked to the recipes. Recipes are uninspired. Recipes are repetitious (p.47, dough flake soup with potatoes; p.48, kimchi dough flake soup - same recipe. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Maree
A wonderful cookbook; full of colorful pictures, descriptions, and directions are clear and easy to follow. I like the variety of food choices. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Puya
I LOVED this book! Excellent, clear, well-written guide to simple Korean cooking!Published 5 months ago by S. H. Caruso
Although I've only had this cookbook for a couple of days, I've already cooked a couple of the recipes. First let me say that this isn't 100% traditional Korean food. Read morePublished 7 months ago by mcrenegade
I love this book! It always inspires me to learn more about Korean cooking. The pictures are beautiful - very high quality.Published 12 months ago by Lisa Lynn
I'll go in a list-bullet style
-Quality of book is great glossy-ish finish on book
-Seems like it can take a beating from a lot of use
The... Read more