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Book news: Our Korean Kitchen by Jordan Bourke and 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


3 thoughts on “Book news: Our Korean Kitchen by Jordan Bourke and Rejina Pyo

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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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