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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. The author did a great job explaining everything! From names of ingredients in Korean and English to where to find them as well as how to have proper food preparation.
Just got the book for two week, but already tried a number of recipes, all coming out quite well. I plan to try to more. One issue I have so far, though, is the recipes ask for too much meat. "Easy Braised Chicken" and "Spicy Pork Stir-Fry" would taste best with half the meat.
The book vendor is great. I got the book for half the price, and it is as new as a new book.
I really enjoy the book. The PBS show looked so good and appetizing, I had to buy this book. Japanese, Indian and Korean foods require a lot ingredients. This cook book makes it real easy to follow. It helps to have an Asian store close by when cooking international recipes. It's one of the better Korean cookbooks that I have.
Kimchi Chronicles is a wonderful addition to the PBS series highlighting Korean food. We had eaten Korean food in Hawaii, where we lived for a number of years, and thought we knew at least a little about it, that is until we started watching the Chronicles and then it was necessary to get the book so we could start eating a lot more of this wonderful, and almost unknown, ethnic food. This really is a must have if you ever wanted to try cooking Korean, and it makes it fun by also learning about the culture.
I have to admit I was prejudice when I ordered this book. I had watched the series on PBS and just fell in love with the whole package. The cookbook reflects Marja's personality, but more importantly the recipes are easy to understand and make your mouth water as you read them. I am a vegetarian (OMG NO!) Yes! and so I am adapting some of these recipes to suit my dietary needs. I do eat Tofu and find that I can accommodate with a substitution. Thank you Marja for an wonderful book. I want to make Kimchi, but must find proper materials for safe preparation.
I watch the reruns everytime they are on TV (I should buy the series) and whenever I see them cooking something that looks like I would like to try, I look for it in the book and bookmark the pages. Jean George is truly a master chef (I like yours, too, Marja). I haven't made anything, yet, but I bought the ingredients.
I tried a number of dishes featured in this cookbook and they all turned out amazing. I cooked the dishes when I held dinner parties and I got a lot of compliments from my dinner guests. I would say that the recipe is pretty authentic and traditional while some of them well incorporates some French elements to it - and they taste SO GOOD!
The recipe is easy to follow, ingredients are easy to get, and gives you great inspiration on food presentation too!
I highly recommend this cook book. It's simply amazing.
I bought this cook book for my husband after watching the authors who were featured on a NPR show called the Kimchi Chronicles. My husband, who is a newbie in the kitchen, loves spicy Korean food. His first dish from the cook book was spicy grilled chicken - the best chicken I've ever tasted. His second dish was stuffed squid which was also excellent. Most of the ingredients are easy to find in the Asian section of our stores here in Hawaii. The book is interspersed with tidbits of the authors lives I find fascinating - all in all my favorite cook book I've bought in a long time.