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I bought this book after seeing the television series. It has accessible recipes with relatively easy-to-find ingredients for Americans, with interpretations by the author's husband, famed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. I made the Ginger Fried Rice, with a sunny-side-up egg on top, as a fuss-free gateway into the flavors of Korea. It was a big hit with my (admittedly, foodie) children. There is a whole chapter on Korean Barbecue, previously the only way I had eaten anything Korean. The dessert chapter, entitled "A Little Something Sweet", is indeed little, only 3 recipes; a sweet pancake, an ice cream flavored with a fermented rice beverage, and sesame seed brittle. But Asian food in general is light on the sweet dishes, anyway. Go make yourself a nice bibimbap with a fruit salad for dessert, and you'll be fine.
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 have recently discovered authentic Korean food after moving to San Diego. I'm from the Midwest, and unfortunately, Korean food is not very accessible. They don't know what they are missing, and this cookbook is a great intro on how to use the spices and amazing flavors of Korean cooking. I bought the book and read it cover to cover in one day. I've got my list of groceries and am headed to my local Korean market tomorrow. Can't wait to try some new dishes!
I enjoy the recipes but I didn't like the Kindle version on the iPad. I bought the Kindle version to save $5 but will return the eBook to purchase the hardcover. The Kindle eBook format doesn't flow well. The authors often refer to page numbers which if you have a kindle, page numbers don't translate well from hard cover to eBook.