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Cook Korean!
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Cook Korean!
A Comic Book with Recipes [A Cookbook]
by Robin Ha
Borrow Borrow
A 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.
A 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.
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  • From the book Prologue    6

    Introduction   10
    7 Key Ingredients in Korean Cooking   11
    What is in the Korean Refrigerator?   12
    The Korean Pantry: Dried Goods, Spirits & Kitchenware   14
    Korean Meal Guide   16
    Bap: Cooked Rice   17
    Rice & Its Delicious By-Products   18
    Korea’s Regions & Foods   20
    Dengki’s Dress   21

    Chapter 1: Kimchi and Pickles   22 
    Intro to Kimchi   23
    Easy Kimchi (Mak Kimchi)   26
    Radish Cube Kimchi (Kkakdugi)   28
    Cool & Spicy Cucumber (Oisobagi)   30
    Green Onion Kimchi (Pa Kimchi)   32
    Chayote Pickle (Chayote Jangachi)   34
    Square-Cut Kimchi Gazpacho (Nabak Kimchi)   36

    Chapter 2:  Vegetable Side Dishes   38
    Intro to Dosirak   39
    Bean Sprout Salad (Kongnamul Muchim)   40
    Soy Spinach (Sigeumchi Namul)   42
    Steamed Asian Eggplant (Gaji Namul)   44
    Pan-Fried Tofu  (Dubu Buchim)   46
    Spicy Bok Choy (Cheonggyeongchae Muchim)   48
    Mixed Veggies & Rice in a Stone Bowl (Dolsot Bibimbap)   50
    Acorn Jelly Salad (Dotorimuk)   53

    Chapter 3: Meat and Poultry   54 
    Intro to Korean Barbecue   55
    Just Grill It!   57
    Green Onion Salad (Pajeori)   57
    Grilled Beef Short Ribs (Galbi)   58
    Soy Garlic Beef over Rice (Bulgogi Dupbap)   60
    Braised Beef in Soy Sauce with Eggs (Jangjorim)   62
    Spicy Pork over Rice (Jeyuk Dupbap)   64
    Boiled Pork Belly Wrap (Bossam)   66
    Chile Chicken Stew (Dakbokkeumtang)   68
    Ginseng Chicken Soup (Samgyetang)   70

    Chapter 4: Seafood   72
    Intro to Korean Seafood   73
    Spicy Octopus over Rice (Nakji Dupbap)   74
    Tangy Seaweed Salad (Miyeok Naengchae)     76
    Braised Daikon With Saury (Mu Kkongchi Jorim)   78
    Shishito Peppers With Dried Anchovies & Fish Cakes (Kkwarigochujjim)   80
    Raw Fish Salad Bowl (Hoedupbap)   82
    Pan-Fried Yellow Croaker (Jogi Gui)   84
    The Legend of Gulbi   85

    Chapter 5: Soups and Stews   86
    Fire & Ice: Intro to Extreme Temperatures in Korean Dining   87
    Soft Tofu Soup (Sundubu Jjigae)   88
    Kimchi Stew (Kimchi Jjigae)   90
    Soybean Paste Soup with Clams (Jogye Doenjangguk)   92
    Seaweed Soup with Beef
    (Sogogi Miyeokguk)   94
    Soybean Sprout Soup (Kongnamulguk)   96
    Beef & Daikon Soup (Sogogimuguk)   98
    Spicy Fish Stew (Maeuntang)   100
    Spicy Beef Soup (Yukgaejang)   102

    Chapter 6: Porridges   104
    Intro to Juk   105
    Pine Nut Porridge (Jatjuk)   106
    Black Sesame Porridge (Heukimjajuk)  107
    Sweet Red Bean Porridge (Danpatjuk)   108
    Sweet Pumpkin Porridge (Hobakjuk)   110
    Seafood Mushroom Porridge
    (Haemul Beoseot Juk)   112

    Chapter 7: Noodles and Rice Cakes   114
    Intro to Noodles   115
    Spicy Cold Noodles (Bibim Guksu)   118
    Rice Cake Soup (Tteokguk)   120
    Hand-Pulled Dough Soup with Potatoes (Gamja Sujebi)   122
    Knife Noodle Soup with Clams (Bajirak Kalguksu)   124
    Sweet Potato Noodles (Japchae)   126
    Cold Buckwheat Noodles (Mulnaengmyun)   128

    Chapter 8: Snacks and Street Food   130
    Intro to Bunsik   131
    Spicy Rice Cakes (Tteokbokki)   132
    Brown Sugar Pancakes (Hotteok)   134
    Brown Sugar Sticky Rice (Yaksik)   136
    Kimchi Fried Rice (Kimchi Bokkumbap)...
About the Author-
  • Born in Seoul, Korea, ROBIN HA grew up reading and drawing comics. At fourteen she moved to the United States. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in illustration, she moved to New York City and started a career in the fashion industry. Her work has been published in independent comics anthologies including Secret Identities and The Strumpet, as well as in the pages of Marvel Comics and Heavy Metal Magazine. Her blog Banchan in 2 Pages features Korean recipe comics. She currently resides in Falls Church, Virginia.
Reviews-
  • Publisher's Weekly

    March 21, 2016
    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.

  • Library Journal

    June 15, 2016

    On her blog Banchan in Two Pages (banchancomic.tumblr.com), 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.

    Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Amanda Cohen, chef/owner Dirt Candy "Simple, straightforward, and totally charming, Robin Ha's Cook Korean! is yet another example of why every cookbook should actually be a comic book."
  • Deuki Hong, chef and author of Koreatown: A Cookbook "Do you feel left out when all your cool friends mention their latest Korean food adventure talking about things like galbi, doenjang and different types of kimchi? Well, fear not, as Robin Ha made it her personal mission in her graphic novel cookbook filled with colorful illustrations, incredible stories, and insightful Korean recipes to not only educate but to instill confidence. So go pick up your copy of Cook Korean! and confidently engage in your next conversation about the hottest cuisine in America."
  • Michael Cho, cartoonist and illustrator "Cook Korean! is not just a wonderful collection of easy-to-follow recipes in comic form, it's also a delightful introduction to Korean culture. I can't decide what's more mouthwatering--the food or Robin Ha's art!"
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