Ever since my passion for discovering different types of foods and cuisines began, I had great experiences while cooking and eating all the different world’s cuisines such as Russian, Italian, French, Arabic, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese.. you name it! But Korean cuisine kept mysterious for me! I always wanted to taste and cook Korean food, but have been always frightened that it could be difficult to make and that all ingredients must be difficult to find.
Last week I decided to try something new! Something related to my passion for food. I decided to discover the mysterious Korean cuisine. As my review copy of Korean Food Made Simple arrived, I felt as if a life-long mystery has been unavailing in front of me.
I’ve been going through Judy Joo’s book, looking as its beautiful pictures, which took me on a trip from where I am all the way to Korea!
Then I started looking at different parts of this wonderful book. Different dishes look appealing from their names, their pictures and ingredients. From Kimchi, to Sweet Potato Noodles and Krazy Korean Burgers. And most importantly, cooking methods are not that different from the ones I am used to do while preparing foods that I love. This is particularly true because Judy did not only include traditional Korean foods in her book, but many are modern Korean-influenced recipes which come from Judy being “French-trained Korean American Londoner”, as she describes herself.
However, I should warn you that you cannot just start cooking Korean food by opening this cookbook and following the instructions. First, you need to shop for a number of items “necessary to successfully embark on a journey of Korean cooking “. These items include; Asian pears, brown seaweed, citron tea syrup, Korean soya bean pastel, dried anchovies, dried black soya beans, dried chilli threads, jujubes, kimchi, mooli, mirin, roasted seaweed, sweet potato noodles and many more.
You will find 125 mouthwatering recipes in this book. Original recipes such as sweet potato noodles (japchae), beef and vegetable rice bowl (bibimbap) and Kimchi. And modern recipes, such as spicy pork belly cheese steak, krazy korean burgers, and fried fish with kimchi mayo and sesame mushy peas. In addition to that, there are also chapters devoted to sauces, desserts, and drinks.
I would like to thank Judy for writing this book which introduced me to Korean cuisine and allowed me to prepare home-made delicious Korean food. And for sharing her touching story of how she completely shifted her career and started something completely different that she is passionate about. She has lightened the path for others, to follow her steps!
Korean Food Made Simple is published by Jacqui Small, cover price £22.
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Disclosure: While I have received this book for in exchange for a review, I was not obliged to make a positive one, and all views are of my own. Many thanks to the publisher for the review copy.