Growing up in a Korean Kitchen: A Cookbook

Growing up in a Korean Kitchen: A Cookbook

by Hi Soo Shin Hepinstall
     
 

Part memoir and part cookbook, GROWING UP IN A KOREAN KITCHEN is one woman's cultural and culinary story, weaving childhood reminiscences with lovingly gathered recipes. With descriptions of the traditional Korean kitchen, preparations for special feast days, and the rituals of everyday family meals, author Hi Soo Shin Hepinstall draws an engaging portrait of a seldom… See more details below

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Part memoir and part cookbook, GROWING UP IN A KOREAN KITCHEN is one woman's cultural and culinary story, weaving childhood reminiscences with lovingly gathered recipes. With descriptions of the traditional Korean kitchen, preparations for special feast days, and the rituals of everyday family meals, author Hi Soo Shin Hepinstall draws an engaging portrait of a seldom glimpsed way of life. Easy-to-follow recipes, largely handed down through oral tradition, cover the wide range of main and side dishes, from the sumptuous elegance of "royal cuisine" to simpler countryside cooking. Korean cuisine has emerged as one of the most exciting and robust tastes of Asia, with great variety and some of the world's most sophisticated techniques for pickling and cooking with garlic and hot pepper. Cooks of all levels, as well as armchair travelers, will welcome this book to their collection.• Includes over 250 authentic recipes, a glossary, and a list of resources for finding uniquely Korean ingredients and utensils.• Illustrated with the author's travel and family photos, depicting the cultural and culinary traditions of Korea.For a list of markets that carry Korean ingredients visit www.koreanfeast.com

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"Hepinstall's recipes range from hearty, nutritious staples to savory favorites. . . There's also an enticing repertoire of side dishes and dipping sauces. Granted, some recipes may require a visit to a Korean grocer, but the results are worth the trip." —Cooking Light"The recipes have a rooted quality found only in the most exceptional cookbooks. . . This is the breakthrough introduction to Korean cuisine many of us have been waiting for."—Gourmet"So well-written, with such enticing recipes, that you'll want to head for the kitchen."—Dallas Morning News "In her book, Hi Soo Shin Hepinstall brings clarity to this complicated cuisine."—Washington Post"Even for those who love to eat Korean food in restaurants, there is something vaguely mysterious about the cooking . . . Aggravating that situation has been a relative dearth of Korean cookbooks. Until now, that is. GROWING UP IN A KOREAN KITCHEN is part memoir, part travelogue, part recipe book—and wholly satisfying." —a Top 10 Cookbooks of 2001, the Los Angeles Times "An approachable collection." —New York Daily News "This new cookbook vividly reveals the subtle nuances of Korean cuisine in a simple yet dynamic fashion, focusing on not only the food, but also the lifestyle or rural Korea . . . We held a Korean tasting dinner with recipes made from the book, and found the dishes incredibly delicious and quite easily prepared."  —the Austin Chronicle "Best Cookbooks of 2001. . . . guides us through the maze of complicated Korean cooking . . . takes time to explain the spiritual significance of the food." —People magazine "A love letter to [Hepinstall's] homeland, with all of its traditions and rituals." As for recipes, "we are given a rich selection to choose from." —The Seattle Times "Part autobiography and part cookbook, this remarkable work provides a practical introduction to a cuisine Americans have encountered with delight and a poignant memoir of a time and place in which an average family meal could consist of seven or more dishes."—from the Amazon.com Cookbook "WHAT WE'RE READING" "This introduction to the world of Korean cooking [is] as practical as it is evocative." —Food & Wine"For cooks who really want to delve into the mysteries of Korean cooking, I can strongly recommend GROWING UP IN A KOREAN KITCHEN. —Denver Rocky Mountain News "Hi Soo Shin Hepinstall has a clear, sure voice. Her recipes are direct and easy to follow, and her descriptions and explanations helps us understand the roots of this familiar and appealing cuisine." —Naomi Duguid and Jeffrey Alford, authors of Hot Sour Salty Sweet, Seductions of Rice, and Flatbreads and Flavors"This book enriches and expands every cook's kitchen with new knowledge and flavors." —Hiroko Shimbo, author of The Japanese Kitchen"Growing Up in a Korean Kitchen is the most comprehensive Korean cookbook to date. This book will be a classic." —Nina Simonds, author of A Spoonful of Ginger"Every once in a while, a landmark cookbook is published. This is one." —Barbara Tropp, author of The Modern Art of Chinese Cooking and China Moon Cookbook"It went straight to my heart." —Grace Young, author of The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen"Memories of Hi Soo Shin Hepinstall's childhood are lovingly recorded . . . Reading her stories and recipes evokes a shared sense of nostalgia for my own family's kitchen in Thailand." —Su-Mei Yu, author of Cracking the Coconut: Classic Thai Home Cooking
Library Journal
Although Korean food is poised to become the next favorite Asian cuisine, there are relatively few cookbooks on the subject. Hepinstall's book is both more ambitious than Jenny Kwak's Dok Suni (LJ 11/15/98) and more wide-ranging than Deborah Coultrip-Davis and Young Sook Ramsey's vegetarian Flavors of Korea (LJ 9/15/98). One of 12 children, she provides a personal glimpse of a disappearing way of life as well as a detailed introduction to traditional Korean cuisine (she even includes her family's recipe for soy sauce). American readers may recognize some of the dishes from Korean restaurants, but many will be new. The section on main dishes covers rice and cereals, soups and porridges, and noodles and dumplings, with a whole chapter devoted to kimchi, a signature dish; in addition to side dishes, desserts, and beverages, there are separate chapters on Korean barbecue and special-occasion recipes. Hepinstall writes well and knowledgeably, and her photographs of family and her visits to her homeland illustrate the text. Strongly recommended. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580082815
Publisher:
Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
359,468
Product dimensions:
7.35(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.80(d)

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Meet the Author

HI SOO SHIN HEPINSTALL began her serious culinary and cultural research while living in Europe in the 1970s. After attending a summer course at Cordon Bleu Cooking School in Paris, she continued her studies in Seoul, Korea, and Southeast Asia. In addition, she has written two novels, one of which won a Korean literary prize and was made into a popular movie. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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