Koreatown : A Cookbook
by Deuki Hong and Matt Rodbard

Overview - A New York Times bestseller and one of the most praised Korean cookbooks of all time, you'll explore the foods and flavors of Koreatowns across America through this collection of 100 recipes.

This is not your average "journey to Asia" cookbook.  Read more...

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A New York Times bestseller and one of the most praised Korean cookbooks of all time, you'll explore the foods and flavors of Koreatowns across America through this collection of 100 recipes.

This is not your average "journey to Asia" cookbook. Koreatown is a spicy, funky, flavor-packed love affair with the grit and charm of Korean cooking in America. Koreatowns around the country are synonymous with mealtime feasts and late-night chef hangouts, and Deuki Hong and Matt Rodbard show us why through stories, interviews, and over 100 delicious, super-approachable recipes.

It's spicy, it's fermented, it's sweet and savory and loaded with umami: Korean cuisine is poised to break out in the U.S., but until now, the cookbooks have been focused on taking readers on an idealized Korean journey. Koreatown, though, is all about what's real and happening right here: the foods of Korean American communities all over our country, from L.A. to New York City, from Atlanta to Chicago. We follow Rodbard and Hong through those communities with stories and recipes for everything from beloved Korean barbecue favorites like bulgogi and kalbi to the lesser-known but deeply satisfying stews, soups, noodles, salads, drinks, and the many kimchis of the Korean American table.

  • ISBN-13: 9780804186131
  • ISBN-10: 0804186138
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter Publishers
  • Publish Date: February 2016
  • Page Count: 272
  • Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds

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BookPage Reviews

Cooking: Wintry comfort foods

Savory soups and stews made with Saveur savvy may be the best way to fight the February food blahs. In their scrumptiously illustrated new celebration of international comfort foods, Saveur: Soups & Stews, the editors of Saveur magazine have collected more than 100 recipes for a fabulous variety of big-pot pleasers. All are made with what they call the “easy economical alchemy” of transforming meat, poultry, beans, seafood and cut-up vegetables into nourishing, inviting dishes that work on an ordinary weekday night as well as they do for a Saturday night dinner party. The very first recipe, Beet Stew with Lamb Meatballs, a Jewish-Iraqi entrée served on golden basmati rice, is a great example of the kind of “alchemy” you’ll find here. Go on to a hearty Finnan Haddie Chowder, salty-sweet Cuban-Style Chicken Stew or healthy one-pot Quinoa & Sweet Potato Soup. They’re all fabulous, all inspirational. 

Ken Haedrich willingly admits that he’s a dinner pie fanatic with an incurable “lust for crust.” With Dinner Pies, his newest paean to pies, this wonderful world of one-dish delights is not a pie in the sky—it’s doable and delicious. There’s something enticingly cozy about hand-crafted “crusted cuisine,” whether it’s an elegant Quiche Scampi, a beautiful Tomato Tarte Tatin, flaky Kale Spanakopita or kid-friendly Chicken, Broccoli & Cheddar Turnovers. Haedrich’s savory-pie imagination seems boundless, as is his hands-on advice. There’s a whole chapter on What It Takes to Make a Perfect Dinner Pie, followed by carefully detailed recipes for pie dough, pastry dough and biscuit crusts, which starts with his super-versatile, got-your-back Go-To Pie Dough (you may not ever need another recipe). If you suffer from fear of pie dough, Haedrich is your man. He’s never met a dough phobia he can’t fix, and he’s done his best here to anticipate your questions, adding time-tested tips to help—it’s really as easy as pie! 

There’s a lot more to Korean cuisine than kimchi. The flavors are intense, bold, tangy and spicy, with a little bit of fabulous funk. More and more Americans are learning about its complex wonders, but Koreatown by Deuki Hong and Matt Rodbard is the first cookbook I’ve come across that offers immersion into the Korean kitchen and the intricacies of the dishes served in Koreatown restaurants across the U.S., along with their truly accessible recipes— techniques included—for making them at home. There’s only one problem—once you get hooked on these unique flavors, you might find most everything else you cook just a bit bland. Believe me, I got hooked years ago, and it’s a worthy addiction. The recipes range from the sensational small plates that accompany entrées, to warming soups, stews, to-die-for barbecue, Bibimbap and much more. Great header notes, interviews with well-known Korean food fans and super photos add to the fun.


This article was originally published in the February 2016 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

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