COOKING & FOOD

Maangchi’s Big Book of Korean Cooking: From Everyday Meals to Celebration Cuisine

Rux Martin: Houghton Harcourt. Oct. 2019. 448p. photos. index. ISBN 9781328988126. $35; ebk. ISBN 9781328988508. COOKING
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Maangchi wants readers to know that there is more to Korean food than Korean BBQ, as good as that is. For more than ten years, the New York–based author has been creating YouTube videos on Korean home cooking, along with her Maangchi blog and previous book, Maangchi’s Real Korean Cooking. This larger volume takes readers through 150 traditional Korean dishes, each with step-by-step illustrations. The staples are all here, including a variety of soups, stews, bibimbaps, and banchan. There are also chapters on Buddhist vegan cooking, Korean street foods, and lunch box meals. While Maangchi has been called the Korean Julia Child, her approach is more Betty Crocker. Throughout this book, she is a friendly presence, encouraging readers to get in the kitchen and cook, including a useful, illustrated guide to obtaining Korean ingredients and equipment. While the recipes are eminently doable for the home cook, some specialized shopping will be necessary.
VERDICT Anyone with an interest in Korean cooking will enjoy this attractive volume, whether they want a quick meal or something more ambitious.

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