Born in Korea but raised in the United States, Marja Vongerichten rediscovered her love of Korean food as a way of reconnecting with the family and traditions she left behind as a child. Now, in a companion to the public television series featuring her year of culinary and cultural adventures in Korea, Marja offers a delicious entrée to the vibrant and savory cuisine of her homeland, with more than 100 recipes showcasing the full breadth of Korean cooking. Featuring an essential survey of the best-loved authentic preparations—and spiked with a handful of soon-to-be classics from world-class chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten—The Kimchi Chronicles is a delectable introduction to one of the world's great cuisines.
Beginning with recipes for simple pantry sauces and dressings and banchan (appetizer-size plates of savory salads and pickles that are traditionally served with every meal), Marja shows how to prepare vegetables, meat, seafood, rice, noodles, and even cocktails the Korean way—including old family favorites, authentic masterpieces from modern Korean restaurants and street markets, as well as Jean-Georges's updated, culturally eclectic improvisations. Along the way you'll find guidance on how to set a Korean table, slurp noodles, cure a hangover, and stock your kitchen with everything you'll need to prepare your own Korean feast. From homey soups and refreshing salads to elegant main dishes and a selection of easy grilled fare, the foolproof recipes range from the light and luscious to the spicy and sophisticated to the deeply comforting—and are brought to life with stunning food and travel photos from the Vongerichtens' cultural explorations with family and friends.
Whether you're a gochujang connoisseur looking to expand your Korean cooking repertoire or a home chef with a taste for adventure, this companion cookbook will help you discover the endless versatility of Korean cuisine and bring its unforgettable flavors into your own kitchen.
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Published August 2, 2011