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I'd appreciate any suggestions for good cookbooks or Web sites to help me learn to make some Korean food.

I've gotten some good ideas for a couple items on this board. But I thought there might be another resource I could use to learn more.

Thanks for anything you can suggest!

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  1. www.maangchi.com

    Great instruction, recipes, and videos. One of the best Korean sources out there IMO.

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    1. re: twj

      Our own hannaone on this board is fabulous! Check out his/her posts...just made the Korean Fish cake soup posted by hannaone ... very good! I also love maangchi...she also has a facebook page...she is absolutely adorable and funny! Also love the quirky music in her videos! What helps a LOT in her videos is when she shows you the package of the ingredient used in recipe...then I know approximately what to look for at the Asian grocery store I go to.

      1. re: Val

        I love (Mr.) hannaone's post "A Guide to Bibimbap (Korean mixed rice)" http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6119... He's a he!


    2. I would also recommend CH's own HannaOne. Just type in his name under the recipes section of chowhound or under this home cooking section. He has been very generous with his recipes. Also, his recipes are written with great detail so even a newbie to Korean cooking (like me) can make his dishes. HannaOne has also been gracious about answering questions about products and clarifying recipes. I really enjoyed his bibimbap recipe. You can make any of the namul's separately too as ban chan. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6119... I also love his Oi Saengchae - Sweet Seasoned Cucumber recipe. It is gently sweet and very refreshing.

      1. The Cookbook of the Month for August is the Complete Asian Cookbook, which has a chapter on Korean cuisine. You might consider snagging a copy of the book from the library and join us this month. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7246...


          1. Thank you all! I've already bookmarked "A Guide to Bibimbap" and will certainly search out more of Hannone's posts.

            I really appreciate the suggestions and will definitely check out the videos. I like the idea of seeing the packaging so I know what to buy.

            I've enjoyed Korean food in restaurants, but don't know much about it. I'm inspired now because my friend's husband is deployed to Korea for a year and his family is just back from visiting for a month and they loved the food. So she's interested in learning and we're making it a group project. I've cooked lots of other ethnic food before, she hasn't. So we're both learning!

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            1. re: eamcd

              Check out this Korean recipe blog by a Korean mom. It also has an excellent bibimbap recipe with great pictures.


            2. Thought I resurrect this thread and thank everyone for the links provided. They are all great, especially maangchi!
              I'm just starting to dip into to Korean cooking and I was wondering if anyone knows of a great book with lots of pictures to help get me started. Sometimes I just like to shut the computer and leaf through some pages.
              Thanks for any help!

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              1. re: alliegator

                I'm so glad you resurrected this thread! I'm a HUGE maangchi devotee- she is an amazing resource. I think she strikes a phenomenal balance between authenticity and accessibility. Her website has a Korean/Asian grocery store finder plus an "encyclopedia" or Korean ingredients with photos. (Plus, her website is completely FREE, though you can buy collections of her recipes in print.) Her baechu kim chi and kakdugi recipes are my "go to"s. I also regularly make many of her variations on savory pancakes. I've followed her directions for bibimbap, danpatjuk, kongnamulguk, soon doo bu and ddukboki with great success. OK, sorry... I coudn't help throwing in another maangchi plug; but I know you are looking to uplug... (pun sort of intended)

                I only have two Korean cookbooks. The first is "Flavors of Korea: Delicious Vegetarian Cuisine" by Debrah Coultrip-Davis and Young Sook Ramsay. The second is Quick and Easy Korean Cooking by Cecilia Hai-Jin Lee. I would strongly recommend the second over the first. Some thoughts on both:

                Flavors of Korea: I bought this when I first got into Korean food because, it was a pre-maangchi world, and I wanted something that focused on vegetarian adaptations. (I only eat fish, no beef, etc.) Most of the recipes I could find online at the time were for various types of Korean BBQ. This book isn't TERRIBLE but it seems like a bunch of minute variations on a handful of themes. (i.e. cook rice/noodles, cook some veggies, cook some egg/tofu... throw in some sesame oil... BAM you have vegetarian Korean food.) Not that is an awful thing... throwing sesame oil into stuff makes it taste pretty darn good but I don't need a whole book to tell me how to do it. Now, I much prefer starting with recipes or techniques that use meat and adapting them. Also, the book has no pictures so if you're looking for visuals definitely look elsewhere.

                Quick and Easy Korean Cooking: I got this as a gift and I was kind of skeptical. Quick and easy anything scares me a little bit. Also, many of the recipes call for meat so I wasn't sure if I would even be able to use it. This book has been a really pleasant suprise. I think "quick and easy", here, means the recipes are every day foods that she grew up eating as opposed to fancy-pants-wow-your-friends-with-deconstructed-bibimbap type stuff. (Though the recipes are easy, nothing I've made has been particularly quick... but that could just be me.) She contextualizes each recipe by explaining how and when the food is normally eaten which I find really helpful. My favorites are the black sesame porridge and sujebi. I've also made her kimbap, kimchijigae and bibim gooksu- all were very good. There are photos for approximately every third or fourth recipe with photos of Korea thrown in between chapters. The photos and overall look of the book is very beautiful. I think this book is a solid place to start if you want to thumb through some pages of good food.

                I'd love to hear other people's recommendations for Korean cookbooks.

                1. re: lapositivista

                  Thank you so much for detailed reviews on these books! I'm going to load up some amazon stuff shortly, so I'll be sure to check them out. I spent a good chunk of time yesterday on Maangchi's site--such a wealth of imformation for someone like me who loves Korean food but has never taken it on in my own kitchen!
                  Unfortunately for me there is 1 (yup, one) Korean restaurant in my city, but I'm going to take the opportunity to learn something new :)

                2. re: alliegator

                  Until recently, there weren't many options for Korean cookbooks that illustrated traditional home recipes, and the few that there were weren't so great. Maangchi's videos are remarkable for making things accessible and showing how things look along the way, along with the fact that her recipes give really solid renditions of standard (and sometimes not so standard!) dishes. She has put together several PDF cookbooks which you can download from her website and browse if you happen to have a tablet (or even print?)

                  As for books, I've enjoyed "A Korean Mother's Cooking Notes" by Sun-Young Chang. It's packed away at the moment, so I can't remember how much it illustrates the process—but the recipes are full of good tips.

                  1. re: another_adam

                    "making things accessible and showing how things look along the way.."

                    Yep, and this is one of the reasons I also love our little Maangchi....it's hard for me to buy a package of xyz ingredient (which might be something I've never even heard of) if I can't SEE what a package of xyz LOOKS like...love her recipes and her positive attitude!

                3. I have this Korean cookbook and I like it. It has pictures of every recipe and nutritional info.

                  The recipes are great.


                  1. As I was cooking dinner last night from my one and only Korean food focused cookbook, "Dok Suni", which I like, but which is very limited, I was thinking it is time to expand my repertoire. Many of the links/blogs/web-sites above look great.

                    Still I'd like to find at least one more cookbook, if it exists, especially one that has a more extensive banchan section and second order of priority a more extensive selection of stews. Does anything come to mind?

                    1. My favorite Korean Cookbooks
                      Korean Kimchee-paperback-Agricultural & Fishery Marketing Corporation
                      Eating Korean by Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee
                      The Korean Kitchen by Copeland Marks
                      Lee Wade's Korean Cookery
                      Homestyle Korean Cooking in pictures by Cho Joong Ok

                      b4 moving to Florida in lived in Bergen County,, New Jersey where there is a large Korean community with great restaurants and shopping at Han Ah Rheum-now called H Mart
                      This was -my introduction to Korean food-the market always had samples of lots of foods, kimchees, veg., meat, etc

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                      1. re: jpr54_1

                        Thanks that looks like a great list to check out. Boston suburban area now has an H-Mart, where I shop pretty often. My DH loves the samples!

                        Also in the city there's a very good Korean grocer, overall better quality than H-Mart, and we get there when we can. I'd cook more Korean food if I had a better if I had a better grasp of fall recipes. i'm sure the above will help, thanks.

                      2. on www.hulu.com there r several korean dramas including
                        gourmet and kimchee family

                          1. Thanks to this thread, I wasted an entire day watching Maangchi videos... I've bookmarked several recipes and can't wait to try them. She rocks!

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                            1. re: GulaSocordia

                              Looking forward to tips/reviews on any recipes you make from Maangchi!

                              1. re: qianning

                                The first recipes I tried of hers were dakbokkeumtang and panjeon(with accompanying dipping sauce), and they were both delicious! I've been hunting for a decent recipe for dakbokkeumtang for quite some time, and each time I've prepared it I've been disappointed... until now, with Maangchi's recipe. The panjeon was simple and lovely, and the dipping sauce had an excellent flavor. I can't wait to make more of her stuff.

                              2. re: GulaSocordia

                                @Gula, Maangchi's soondubu jigae (soft tofu stew) is out of this world delish! (just saying..)