This is not your average soft-focus "journey to Asia" kind of cookbook. Koreatown is a spicy, funky, umami-packed love affair with the grit and charm of Korean cooking in America. Koreatowns around the country are synonymous with mealtime feasts and late-night chef hangouts, and Matt Rodbard and Deuki Hong show us why with stories, interviews, and over 100 delicious, super-approachable recipes.
At 15, DEUKI HONG worked as a line cook under Aar n Sanchez at Centrico in New York City before heading to the Culinary Institute Of America. After graduating near the top of his class, he cooked under David Chang at Momofuku Noodle Bar before two years on the line at Michelin three-starred Jean-Georges. A young, rising star chef, Hong is currently executive chef of the smash-hit Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong in Manhattan's Koreatown. He's recently been recognized as an Eater Young Gun and named to the Zagat 30 Under 30 list. For over a decade MATT RODBARD has written magazine and web features about restaurants, chefs, drinks, music, cooking and travel. His writing has appeared in Bon Appetit, Travel & Leisure, Men's Journal and Tasting Table, and he currently serves as Contributing Editor at Food Republic.
"Deuki Hong and Matt Rodbard have given us a deep and important
look at the people, places and cuisine that are reshaping what we
want for dinner. Koreatown thrills with flavors that will
change your life." --Anthony Bourdain
"Koreatown is not a place. It's an energy, an attitude, a painstaking stew of spice and frugality and brutally honest flavors. For the first time, here's a book that captures all of its electricity and mystery in a voice that is both vibrant and respectful." --Edward Lee, chef and author of Smoke and Pickles
"Eating Korean food is the best legal high in the world and Koreatown is the gateway drug you need!" --Gary Shteyngart, author of The Russian Debutante's Handbook and Little Failure: A Memoir
"The food of Korea is complex, and becomes fully realized in this amazing new book by Deuki Hong and Matt Rodbard. With a thrilling new voice and original ideas, this is not the same boring "ethnic eats explainer" that is often used as an excuse to profile a country's cuisine. I couldn't put it down, and can't wait to start cooking from these pages. Bibimbap for the win!" --Andrew Zimmern, author and television host
"Deuki Hong is making great Korean food, and not just for Koreans." --David Chang Chef/Founder of Momofuku
"Thanks to this cookbook, I can finally make all the dishes at home that I obsess over when I visit Koreatown. It's amazing to have all these mysteriously delicious recipes in one place." --Sean Brock, chef and author of Heritage
"Unwrap the world of Korean-American food through a guide demystifying the cuisine of fire and fermentation." --The New York Times
"A great book whether you're new to Korean food or looking for recipes for old favorites, Koreatown will have you running to your local Asian grocery to stock up on rice cakes, gochujang, and kimchi. Or, better yet, making your own kimchi from scratch." -Epicurious
"The evangelists Korean food needs to become the next big cuisine." -Tasting Table
"The last Korean cookbook that you will ever need." -Vice
"In the burgeoning genre of cookbooks written as much to be read as to be cooked from, Koreatown paints a portrait of America's vibrant Korean-American communities and invites a broad audience to experiment with this style of cooking." -Eater
"Korean food is built on bold flavors: spicy pickled vegetables, sweet, smoky meats and pungent, salty stews. That can be a little intimidating for some American diners. But the authors of Koreatown have changed that." - NPR "Morning Edition"
"A detailed and sharply written collection that includes nearly 100 recipes, as well as photos, short essays, and interviews that explore various K-towns across the U.S." --Publishers Weekly(starred review)