Book news: Our Korean Kitchen by Jordan Bourke and Rejina Pyo

by Philip Gowman on 23 August, 2015

in Asides, Books on Food, Food & Drink, General book news, Rejina Pyo

Fashion designer Rejina Pyo has joined with her husband, chef and food writer Jordan Bourke, to produce Our Korean Kitchen, available from 3 September (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £25). Judging by the extract published today in The Guardian, the recipe book is user-friendly, full of welcoming photographs, and adapts traditional recipes to accommodate ingredients available in the UK.

Our Korean Kitchen

Jordan Bourke and Rejine Pyo with their new book. Image source @jordanbourk on Twitter

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alua August 23, 2015 at 10:44 pm

Are you buying this?

I wish there was more of a preview available (a recipe index and a few pages from the actual book) because I can’t get a real sense from the sample recipes published in the Guardian whether this is a book for me or not. My hunch is that it’s probably more aimed at beginner cooks or individuals new-to-Korean cooking.

Philip Gowman August 23, 2015 at 11:01 pm

Yes I’ll probably be adding this to the collection. They’ve beaten Judy Joo to it – hers isn’t due till May next year. Until then it seems to be the only UK-focused recipe book as far as I can see. The nearest equivalent seems to be Quick and Easy Korean Cooking by Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee – an American book.

alua August 24, 2015 at 7:52 am

I hope you can bring it along then at some point, so I can leaf through it.

I would guess that Judy Joo’s book would be quite different, and possibly aimed at a quite different reader. I don’t care so much whether it’s UK oriented or not, I generally prefer highly specialised cookbooks to introduction-to-a-cuisine ones because these days the internet covers the basics pretty well. I’ve got an Asian dumplings cookbook, one on Japanese farmhouse cooking (50% or more of the recipes being foods you would never find in restaurants), a similar one for Tuscany. I would love one on Korean temple cuisine (would love to research that myself tbh), or foods specific to certain regions in Korea.

Still, this one might make a very good gift for others.

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