Cook Korean! A Comic Book with Recipes

Ten Speed: Crown. Jul. 2016. 176p. illus. index. ISBN 9781607748878. $19.99; ebk. ISBN 9781607748885. COOKING
On her blog Banchan in Two Pages (, cartoonist Ha publishes comics that illustrate how to prepare Korean foods such as steamed eggplant, pan-fried tofu, and tangy sea kelp salad. These and more than 60 other dishes fill her debut book, which presents culinary, cultural, and autobiographical content in graphic novel form. With supervision, even children and young adults can handle Ha's recipes, many of which are narrated by a sprightly character named Dengki. Readers will also benefit from supplementary spreads appearing throughout (e.g., intro to extreme temperatures in Korean dining, Korean regions & foods, Korean meal guide).
VERDICT Like Maangchi's Real Korean Cooking, this highly recommended collection is a solid introduction for readers who feel daunted by Korean cooking and ingredients.
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