The Korean Vegan Cookbook: Reflections and Recipes from Omma’s Kitchen

Avery. Oct. 2021. 336p. ISBN 9780593084274. $35. COOKING
This standout memoir/cookbook by vegan blogger Molinaro presents a rich array of vegan Korean dishes, including traditional recipes, modern interpretations, and Korean twists on a range of global cuisines. In the “Basics” chapter, Molinaro shares her secret weapons for flavor (a range of go-to sauces and dressings, including a vegan “fish” sauce) that she calls on in the book’s other recipes (breads, soups, noodles, kimchi, vegetables, main dishes, street foods), all with straightforward instructions that are easy to follow. Molinaro’s versions of widespread Korean dishes like bulgogi and stuffed pancakes will thrill vegan foodies; readers with a sweet tooth will appreciate her riffs on American desserts (chocolate-persimmon cupcakes; pecan pie flavored with sweet red bean paste). Many recipes have been handed down to Molinaro from family members, and she highlights the histories of these heritage dishes in poignant memoiristic accounts.
VERDICT The deep connection between food and family shines through in Molinaro’s enticing collection, which is highly recommended for anyone wanting to learn more about Korean cuisine and culture.
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