Growing Up in a Korean Kitchen: A Cookbook

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Ten Speed Press, 2001 - Cooking - 254 pages
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Part memoir and part cookbook, GROWING UP IN A KOREAN KITCHEN is one woman's cultural and culinary story, weaving childhood reminiscences with lovingly gathered recipes. With descriptions of the traditional Korean kitchen, preparations for special feast days, and the rituals of everyday family meals, author Hi Soo Shin Hepinstall draws an engaging portrait of a seldom glimpsed way of life. Easy-to-follow recipes, largely handed down through oral tradition, cover the wide range of main and side dishes, from the sumptuous elegance of "royal cuisine" to simpler countryside cooking. Korean cuisine has emerged as one of the most exciting and robust tastes of Asia, with great variety and some of the world's most sophisticated techniques for pickling and cooking with garlic and hot pepper. Cooks of all levels, as well as armchair travelers, will welcome this book to their collection. Includes over 250 authentic recipes, a glossary, and a list of resources for finding uniquely Korean ingredients and utensils. Illustrated with the author's travel and family photos, depicting the cultural and culinary traditions of Korea.For a list of markets that carry Korean ingredients visit

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User Review  - TheKitchenTourist - LibraryThing

This is one of my favorite cookbooks by far - I love Korean food, but I also love how this book weaves the recipes together with memories of the author's childhood, providing a very day-to-day context ... Read full review

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User Review  - Amy - Goodreads

Two things inspired me to pick up this book: my love for Korean dramas, and my recent change to a diet rich in fermented foods. This cookbook satisfies both of those curiosities, although I doubt I ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

HI SOO SHIN HEPINSTALL began her serious culinary and cultural research while living in Europe in the 1970s. After attending a summer course at Cordon Bleu Cooking School in Paris, she continued her studies in Seoul, Korea, and Southeast Asia. In addition, she has written two novels, one of which won a Korean literary prize and was made into a popular movie. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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