Eating Korea: Reports on a Culinary Renaissance

Eating Korea: Reports on a Culinary Renaissance

by Graham Holliday


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An energetic, fast-paced trip through the rapidly changing world of Korean cuisine by the author of Eating Viet Nam

Journalist, world traveler, and avid eater Graham Holliday has sampled some of the most exotic and intriguing cuisines in countries around the globe. However, none has intrigued him more or stayed with him longer than Korea’s. On a pilgrimage to Korea to unearth the real food eaten by locals, Holliday discovers a country of contradictions, a quickly developing modern society that hasn’t decided whether to shed or embrace its culinary roots. Devotees still make and consume traditional dishes in tiny holes-in-the-wall even as the phenomenon of Korean people televising themselves eating (mukbang) spreads ever more widely.

Amid a changing culture that’s simultaneously trying to preserve what’s best about traditional Korean food while opening itself to a panoply of global influences, that’s balancing new and old, tradition and reinvention, the real and the artificial, Holliday seeks out the most delicious dishes in the most authentic settings-even if he has to prowl in back alleys to find them and convince reluctant restaurant owners that he can handle their unusual flavors. Holliday samples soondae (or blood sausage); beef barbeque; bibimbap; Korean black goat; wheat noodles in bottomless, steaming bowls; and the ubiquitous kimchi, discovering the exquisite, the inventive and, sometimes, the downright strange.

Animated by Graham Holliday’s warm, engaging voice, Eating Korea is a vibrant tour through one the world’s most fascinating cultures and cuisines.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062400765
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Graham Holliday grew up in Rugby, England, and moved to Iksan, South Korea, in 1996 to teach English. He is the author of Eating Viet Nam: Dispatches from a Blue Plastic Table and the blog noodlepie about street food in Sài Gòn. He has written for the Guardian (UK), the New York Times Magazine, the South China Morning Post, Time, BBC, CNN, and many other media outlets.

Table of Contents

1 The Chance to Begin Again 1

2 This Is Special 13

3 Do Koreans Dream of Electric Kimchi? 21

4 Neo-Korea 31

5 Seolleongtang 39

6 1.5 Dak Galbi 45

7 Buckwheat Pilgrimage 61

8 The Whole Head of a Cow 79

9 It's Our Time Now 91

10 Low-rise Leftover 119

11 Slow Korea 127

12 The Big Kim 133

13 In the Hamlet of Yucheon-ri 139

14 Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun 147

15 Only K-pop Sounds Happy 155

16 I Don't Know 161

17 With You for Life 169

18 We're the Last Generation 181

19 The Afterlife 205

20 It's All in the Water 221

21 A Wormhole in Myeongdong 259

22 We're Not Aliens 267

23 Like Mom's Food 275

24 The Pyongyang Connection 281

25 An Alleyway in Seoul 291

26 Long Deserted, the Dreams 297

Acknowledgments 305

Notes 307

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