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Maangchi's Real Korean Cooking: Authentic Dishes for the Home Cook
     

Maangchi's Real Korean Cooking: Authentic Dishes for the Home Cook

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by Maangchi, Lauren Chattman
 

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A complete course on Korean cuisine for the home cook by the YouTube star and the world's foremost authority on Korean cooking

Her millions of fans compare her to Julia Child. An Internet sensation, Maangchi has won the admiration of home cooks and chefs alike with her trademark combination of good technique and good cheer as she demonstrates

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A complete course on Korean cuisine for the home cook by the YouTube star and the world's foremost authority on Korean cooking

Her millions of fans compare her to Julia Child. An Internet sensation, Maangchi has won the admiration of home cooks and chefs alike with her trademark combination of good technique and good cheer as she demonstrates the vast and delicious cuisine of Korea. In Maangchi’s Real Korean Cooking, she shows how to cook all the country’s best dishes, from few-ingredient dishes (Spicy Napa Cabbage) to those made familiar by Korean restaurants (L.A. Galbi, Bulgogi, Korean Fried Chicken) to homey one-pots like Bibimbap.

For beginners, there are dishes like Spicy Beef and Vegetable Soup and Seafood Scallion Pancake. Maangchi includes a whole chapter of quick, spicy, sour kimchis and quick pickles as well. Banchan, or side dishes (Steamed Eggplant, Pan-Fried Tofu with Spicy Seasoning Sauce, and refreshing Cold Cucumber Soup) are mainstays of the Korean table and can comprise a meal.

With her step-by-step photos—800 in all—Maangchi makes every dish a snap. A full glossary, complete with photos, explains ingredients. Throughout, Maangchi suggests substitutions where appropriate and provides tips based on her readers’ questions.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/02/2015
Born and raised in South Korea and now living in New York City, Maangchi is the founder of a popular Korean cooking website. In this delightful collection, she showcases the variety and breadth of Korean cooking. She begins by detailing typical Korean meals, with ever-present rice and kimchi served in a multitude of ways. She also provides comprehensive ingredient and equipment lists that help orient first timers. Recipes start with numerous types of rice—fluffy, toasted, multigrain—that serve as the building blocks of Korean-style curry rice, seaweed rice rolls, and bibimbap. Maangchi also offers an appetizing selection of noodles, including spicy, chewy cold noodles and noodles with black bean paste. Soups and stews, two of the cornerstones of Korean cuisine, are amply represented by dishes like spicy beef and vegetable soup, seafood stew, and kimchi stew with tuna. She dedicates one chapter to kimchi and pickles and another to snacks, with offerings such as spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi and fried kelp. Side dishes steal the show, including braised beef in soy sauce, stir-fried kale with soybean paste, blanched spinach with scallions and sesame, and stir-fried pork. In addition, she provides chapters on pancakes, special-occasion food, desserts, and more. Maangchi has written an essential cookbook for anyone who wants to learn to prepare authentic Korean cuisine. (May)
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"YouTube's Korean Julia Child ."
The New York Times

"In this delightful collection, [Maangchi] showcases the variety and breadth of Korean cooking... She begins by detailing typical Korean meals, with ever-present rice and kimchi served in a multitude of ways. She also provides comprehensive ingredient and equipment lists that help orient first timers ...  Side dishes steal the show , including braised beef in soy sauce, stir-fried kale with soybean paste, blanched spinach with scallions and sesame, and stir-fried pork... Maangchi has written an essential cookbook for anyone who wants to learn to prepare authentic Korean cuisine ." 
Publishers Weekly

"Maangchi Time! " 
—Roy Choi

"Maangchi is an amazing source for authentic Korean recipes that are easily and thoroughly explained for professional and amateur cooks alike. Her passion for Korean food and her pursuit of culinary excellence have inspired me and many others. "
—Hooni Kim, chef, Danji


Library Journal
03/15/2015
Home cook and YouTube star Maangchi ("hammer" in Korean), who left a job in family counseling to work full-time on maangchi.com, wants to introduce Korean cuisine to a wider audience. She first explains the structure and etiquette of a traditional Korean meal then provides an illustrated ingredient glossary and an equipment list. Chapters dedicated to rice, noodles, soups, kimchi, snacks, and more, offer readers straightforward instructions for recipes such as pollock pancakes, cold jellyfish salad, bulgogi, and spicy rice cakes. Maangchi includes sidebars that describe cooking techniques, answer reader questions, and comment on Korean food culture. VERDICT Like Robert Danhi's Easy Thai Cooking and Bee Yin Low's Easy Chinese Recipes, this encouraging and instructional cookbook demystifies Asian home cooking. First-timers to Korean restaurants and grocery stores will be grateful for Maangchi's introductory chapters.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780544129894
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
05/19/2015
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
25,180
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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Meet the Author

MAANGCHI ("Hammer" in Korean) was born and raised in South Korea, where she learned the fundamentals of home cooking from her relatives. A former counseler for victims of domestic violence and movie extra, she is the founder-owner of maangchi.com, the top online destination for Korean cooking. She also has her own YouTube channel and is a member of its partnership program. 

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Maangchi's Real Korean Cooking: Authentic Dishes for the Home Cook 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maangchi has taken the art of Korean cooking to a new level. I feel in love with Korean food recently and as a foodie, I wanted to duplicate the foods. Then, I discovered Maangch. It is good to know that her name means hammer because with each recipe in this book, she nails it. This book is primer on how to cook authentic Korean food. My suggestion, try the bulgogi, gamjatang and japchae bap. Happy cooking!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have ordered both the Nook and the hard copy versions of Maangchi's book.  Her videos and recipes online have been so non-frou-frou -- in other words, easy and accessible to the average Korean food fan.  When I found out that she had a cookbook coming out, I couldn't wait to buy it.  I even pre-ordered the Nook version a couple of months ahead of time.  I do love it so far, but unfortunately, as is the case in too many e-books, the formatting leaves something to be desired.  There are pdf pictures that cannot be enlarged for better viewing, which stinks, because I would like to see a good representation of what recipe I'm making/considering making, and how the dishes turned out for Maangchi.  There are spots where the text is off-kilter with a table, chart, whatever it is supposed to be.  I am a huge fan of Maangchi's.  Her enthusiasm, education, and cooking are all amazing.  I just wish that whomever was responsible for the formatting of her e-book wouldn't have ruined it for this rating.  Hence, the 4 stars instead of 5, as the Nook version is still good.  As for the hard copy book, it's great, with the exception  of a few recipes being incorrectly listed as being on pages where they are not (the index at the back of the book seems to be correct.  But a couple of chapter index pages incorrectly list recipes' locations, necessitating a little further hunting around.).  At least in the hard copy book, the pictures are larger, and the text is not catty-wampus in a few spots.  I would love to see the formatting errors fixed in future editions, and if Maangchi releases more cookbooks, that better editing and proofreading be done.  I'm so proud of Maangchi's work, and enjoy her recipes.  She's not only fun to watch cook, but quite the skilled cook, and this shows through in her book.  I never really cared about Korean food much, until I discovered her recipes!  I strongly recommend that anyone give her book a go!  :-)