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Cook Korean! – Cookbook REVIEW

With Cook Korean!, Robin Ha has produced an incredibly charming and unique cookbook, bright and vivid illustrations breaking down each step of the recipe, and the ever so delightful narrator Dengki talking you through the book really setting Robin Ha’s cookbook apart. Each chapter includes personal anecdotes ad cultural insights, so you can learn more about the culture as well as the food!

CREDIT: Reprinted with permission from Cook Korean!, written and illustrated by Robin Ha, copyright © 2016, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

CREDIT: Reprinted with permission from Cook Korean!, written and illustrated by Robin Ha, copyright © 2016, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

Structurally too, Cook Korean! opts for a different approach, each section that the cookbook is split up contains a little introduction explaining cultural significance of what the foods are. For example, explaining the origins of modern spicy kimchi, which only got it’s distinctly red hue when the Portuguese brought over chilli, which was then added to the original white kimchi. The sheer amount of information given is unlike any other cookbook, and would normally take away from the content, but the brilliant illustrations break up the information into easily digestible chunks.

CREDIT: Reprinted with permission from Cook Korean!, written and illustrated by Robin Ha, copyright © 2016, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

CREDIT: Reprinted with permission from Cook Korean!, written and illustrated by Robin Ha, copyright © 2016, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

The recipes themselves are fairly simple, taking both traditional and non-traditional Korean dishes and portraying them in a fresh and fun way, and the illustrations are a big part of that, which just ties everything together so nicely. Some recipes featured include Easy Kimchi (Makkimchi), Spicy Bok Choy (Cheonggyeongche Muchim), and Seaweed Rice Roll (Kimbap). The comic book format too is a wonderfully unique take on the genre, simplifying the recipes down to a level where anyone would be comfortable with the cookbook, be they a beginner cook or a seasoned chef, Cook Korean! is a must read for Korean food enthusiasts.

Cook Korean! is available for purchase here at Amazon.

Featured Image Source: Cook Korean!, 16.03.2017,

 

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