New York Times bestseller • A charming introduction to the basics of Korean cooking in graphic novel form, with 64 recipes, ingredient profiles, and more, presented through light-hearted comics.
Fun to look at and easy to use, this unique combination of cookbook and graphic novel is the ideal introduction to cooking Korean cuisine at home. Robin Ha’s colorful and humorous one-to three-page comics fully illustrate the steps and ingredients needed to bring more than sixty traditional (and some not-so-traditional) dishes to life.
In these playful but exact recipes, you’ll learn how to create everything from easy kimchi (mak kimchi) and soy garlic beef over rice (bulgogi dupbap) to seaweed rice rolls (gimbap) and beyond. Friendly and inviting, Cook Korean! is perfect for beginners and seasoned cooks alike.
Each chapter includes personal anecdotes and cultural insights from Ha, providing an intimate entry point for those looking to try their hand at this cuisine.
Ha, a professional cartoonist and amateur chef, gained online notoriety for her Tumblr project entitled "Banchan in 2 Pages," a weekly comic with illustrated instructions for various Korean dishes. Ha now transitions to print with this collection of 65 drawn recipes, 50 of which are new for the book. Offerings range from traditional to contemporary, and include six types of kimchi, seafood dishes such as spicy octopus and pan-fried yellow croaker, and separate chapters for stews, porridges, noodles, and street food. Promoted as an "intersection of graphic novel and cookbook," it is a work in need of a traffic light. The illustrations are colorful and charming, full of animated vegetables, a superhero can of Spam, and a winking squid. But her two-page compositions are highly nonlinear and extremely crowded, making the recipes appear more complicated than they actually are. Arrows and dotted lines are employed to give structure, but they further distract the eye. Meanwhile, numerous descriptions and instructions are presented in speech bubbles or crammed onto the page in tight paragraphs. It's an adventure in risky chopping for those who like to read along as they prep.
Cook Korean, But Can’t Read
First off, this book is nice, however; I can’t give it 5 stars for a few reasons. Actual reading on my Mac or iPhone is really hard as the font size is super small. Second the recipe sizes seems too small. This is probably a great book to get the print version of. Skip it on digital. Wish they could change the way you view the book.