Living in Monterey and studying languages, we were introduced to a lot of international flavors. What’s closer to language than food? I mean it both involves your mouth, right?
When I came across Koreatown, by Deuki Hong and Matt Rodbard, I grabbed it in the hopes of bringing one of the flavors my husband loved into our own home. This wasn’t just traditional Korean recipes, though. This book is all about the funky American-Korean fusion going on in the streets of Koreatown.
Set up much better than the last book I reviewed (Donabe), Koreatown gets right to the point. It explains foreign ingredients right before launching into a chapter devoted solely to kimchi, one of Korea’s most well known condiments.
While I can’t say that I will use every recipe in this book, a lot of them really pulled me in and made me want to try them. Sure, kimchi is still on my list of foods that I have to try. I love funky and spicy and I really hope I’ll like kimchi. The kimchi pancake, or jeon, looked too good. Then there was the spicy ramyun topped with american cheese and an egg!
Much like your Chipotle cups or bags, each chapter was marked by an interlude about someone other than the authors. These little vignettes really brought the book to life for me. Even the DJ from Linkin Park talks about his homesickness while on the road with the band.
I really enjoy the life put into this book. It is hip and bursting with flavor and voice.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review.