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Soju: A Global History
Hyunhee Park
Cambridge University Press, 2021

From the publisher’s website: Hyunhee Park offers the first global historical study of soju, the distinctive distilled drink of Korea. Searching for soju’s origins, Park leads us into the vast, complex world of premodern Eurasia. She demonstrates how the Mongol conquests of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries wove together hemispheric flows of trade, empire, scientific […] (Link to online store)

Cuisine, Colonialism and Cold War: Food in Twentieth-Century Korea
Katarzyna J. Cwiertka
Reaktion Books, 2012

Publisher description: One peninsula, two uniquely contrasting sovereign states; Korea’s role in modern world history has been disproportionately large relative to the size of its territory and population. In the twentieth century it experienced colonial rule and military occupations, played a significant role in the Cold War and underwent the split into North and South […] (Link to online store)

Korean Tea Classics by Hanjae Yi Mok and the Venerable Cho-ui
Hanjae Yi Mok, Ven Cho-ui tr Brother Anthony of Taizé, Hong Kyeong-hee, Steven D Owyoung
Seoul Selection, 2011

Publisher description: Three ancient texts expressing the essence of the Korean Way of Tea are here translated into English for the first time. The oldest, ChaBu (Rhapsody to Tea), by Hanjae Yi Mok (1471-1498), is a sophisticated and delicate celebration of tea. The author was a scholar of considerable attainments who died far too early. […] (Link to online store)

Korean Cuisine: An Illustrated History
Michael J Pettid
Reaktion Books, 2008

Publisher description: The spicy tang of kimchi, the richness of Korean barbecue, the hearty flavours of bibimbap: Korean cuisine is savoured the world over for its diversity of ingredients and flavours. Michael J. Pettid offers here an illustrated historical account of Korean food and its intricate relationship with the nation’s culture. Over the last twelve centuries, Korean […] (Link to online store) LKL Review

The Korean Way of Tea
Br Anthony, Hong Kyeong-hee
Seoul Selection, 2007

Publisher description: Tea drinking is now a global pastime and a delectable variety of teas are much sought after by connoisseurs worldwide. In this meditative volume to understanding, appreciating and serving Korean tea, authors Brother Anthony of Taizé and Hong Kyeong-hee share their intimate knowledge of a cultural practice and art form, that at its […] (Link to online store)