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Cook Korean!: A Comic Book with Recipes

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  788 ratings  ·  122 reviews
Picture It: You Can Master Korean Cooking Fun to look at and easy to use, this unique combinati....
Paperback, 176 pages
Published July 5th 2016 by Ten Speed Press
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Edward Lorn
Aug 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: The Flaming Lips
This was a great idea. All cookbooks should be comic books. Now if only this thing would lay flat so I didn't have to keep propping it open!

I love Korean BBW.

I think you mean BBQ.

Yeah, well, that too. I also love knowing what all the cool kids are talking about when they call each other "bae" nowadays.

Huh? What do you mean?

"Bae" is Korean for Asian pear.

The more you know.

I dig Kimchi and these kimchi recipes are Asian pears. That didn't sound right. Are we sure kids these days aren't just dumb?
First Second Books
Since I'm a vegetarian, I'm always a little anxious about Korean food, because there's the potential for secret!fish sauce. This book is super-adaptable both for vegetarians and for people who don't have as much time to spend cooking as they'd like.

Also, the chapter heads are gorgeous!

Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Perfect for the visual chef who wants to learn basic Korean cooking
The animation is very well done with easy to follow recipes.
Sweet backstory to go along with the authors recipes, and her path to getting this book done.
I have a lot of experience with cooking Korean foods and still found some new ideas in here. All the recipes are good solid basic Korean cooking that will lead the reader down the path to delicious eating. I couldn't help but like the author her personality comes through in the
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Have you ever seen a recipe book with illustrations??? I hadn’t until I came across this beautiful book!

This book is all about Korean foods. Being a K-drama fan, I loved this vibrantly illustrated book jam-packed with illustrations of Korean foods and recipes to make them.

Although I do not own a great interest in cooking or eating, I love watching cookery shows and so, when I came across this book, I felt like I have to read it!

As I have been following Korean dramas, movies, reality shows for
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've been looking forward to reading this cookbook since seeing it on NPR's Best of 2016 list. I had to wait a little longer than anticipated because my 10-yr old son opened the Amazon package first and started reading it before I had a chance! He was initially attracted to the bright, comic book-style drawings, but then became fully drawn in because the book is so much more than just recipes. Cook Korean! also includes background information about the author, her food journey (her love for ...more
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017, food
Now that I’ve prepared a couple of these meals, I can give this book the 5-star rating it deserves.

- The food is great!
- There’s a good variety of recipes, and each section of the book contains an introduction to the kind of meal it is about (how it is prepared, when it is eaten, additional cultural context).
- These introductions also contain autobiographical comics related to the topic, which I enjoyed.
- The artwork in general is very pretty and helps making the instructions very easy to
Hannah Notess
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: writers-of-color
I checked it out of the library and didn't get a chance to try out any of the recipes, but the art and design are absolutely outstanding! I love the watercolor art at the beginning of each chapter, and the recipes are a perfect blend of great art and informative sidebars that don't distract from the main flow of the recipes. It's really impressive and original to see a recipe book like this, I loved paging through it and hope to check it out again...
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biographical
I want to cook everything in this book. It's a recipe book for people like me, who never grew up cooking because their parents (in my and author's case, mothers) cooked in crazy quantities and in my case, weren't into having anyone help. So cooking became this mysterious art that only truly gifted people could get right. Robin's adorable book is about demystifying everyday cooking and boiling (ha!) recipes down into easy-to-handle and remember tropes that anyone can master in no time.
I do make
Mar 29, 2017 marked it as unfinished
I can't rate this because I didn't really get to try any of the recipes but I loved what I read. My doctor told me to lay off on spicy foods right as I picked this up. But if you're interested in Korean cooking, this is a good one. This is a book that actually contains helpful, instructional graphics. Many graphic cookbooks are simply illustrated. Not so here. (Anyway how does a drawing of what a pineapple looks like help me learn how to cut a pineapple?) I was impressed and hope to return to ...more
Loved it! Easy to read and easy to follow with plenty of colorful comic drawings of the preparation process. Definitely one to purchase for my kitchen - I can't wait to try out the 삼계탕 (samgyetang), a ginger chicken soup, this winter!

Also, you can never go wrong with a few alcoholic recipes, if you ask me.

Libby Lucy
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really really really love Korean food. However, I’m super intimidated by the complexity of flavors and the variety of ingredients. Ha not only manages to demystify the Korean kitchen, she gives you a little bit of her story and her heart.
Jonatan Billiau
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully made, endearing art, excellent and simple recipes. Highly recommended introduction to both graphic novels and Korean food.
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Delightful. Bright art and a straightforward voice portray approachable, delicious looking recipes in a very personal way. I loved it!
Vicky Marie
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
It's a graphic novel filled with Korean recipes. What more could I ask for?
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I just read through this to learn a few things about Korean cuisine, so I'm not sure how the recipes turn out, but I really loved the illustrations!!
Stephanie Cox
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this comic book cookbook! It is very well done and the author explains a lot about Korean life and cooking. The recipes are easy to follow and well illustrated.
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a really clever idea, and the illustrations are wonderful, but there is not a single recipe in this book that I could cook without totally overhauling my kitchen. I just don't have the storage space for all the Korean cooking staples called for in these recipes. A fun read, all the same.
4 stars...I'll give a definitive rating once I buy it and try out the recipes for real!
Leah Hanley
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars for editing- Reading cover to cover I noticed that she probably wrote these recipes in a different order than they are organized in the book, because some later recipes go in-depth on certain instructions and earlier recipes use the same ingredients/techniques/tips but weren't expanded upon. That combined with a spelling error I thought it wasn't quite 5 stars for a cookbook, but couldn't bring myself to offer 4 stars officially because Ha really accomplishes a unique book without ...more
Mar 02, 2017 rated it liked it
I'd call this an engaging Graphic Novel framework for a beginner-level cookbook. It was colorful and interesting to me, since I've never cooked anything Korean or learned about the basics of the cuisine. The visuals were a little busy around the recipes, however, which I thought made them a little difficult to read. I also would've liked more of the narrative with which it began/ more of the author's story.
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: practical, relevant
Somehow the colorful drawings make the recipes in the book even easier.
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
EXCELLENT!!! ~and beautiful presentation~
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I need to start cooking these asap!
Shaina Cade
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a little bit of an odd pick for the graphic novel book club I'm in (the choice was made by an outside group that partnered with us during summer reading // the theme being "Healthy Eating") but it made for a really fun meet-up! We all picked a recipe from the book to share with the group. I made kimchi fried pancakes and GOOD GOLLY they were delish (if I do say so myself). We also had fried tofu, yaksik (sweet, rice-based bars with dried fruits, nuts, and a LOT of honey bless), red bean ...more
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book. I think the way the cooking instructions were delivered (visually and with text) were very accessible to everyone at any cooking level.

Covered traditional dishes, comfort food and common Korean dishes. As someone who only knows how to cook certain dishes from her own culture (i.e. Portuguese) and who is also a cooking calamity, Korean cooking is a whole new world to me. However, the book did a great job in giving its readers confidence that they too can make these
Claire Gilligan
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
This was gifted to me in large part because the graphic novel element seemed intriguing. And it was great! Not just a fun way to connect the culture, but also a useful way to make uniquely Korean ingredients grow to look familiar to Polish-Irish-American me. I am 100% on the graphic cookbook bandwagon that I hope exists!

This book is especially useful in light of me being a recovering very picky eater, especially since I still don't like anything fermented (so: no kimchi). Toward the back of the
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, comics
I'm seriously considering buying a copy of this book! It's just the right blend of visual elements to keep my eye moving, and interesting enough in the details to make for a great read—even for those of us who don't have the ingredients on hand and aren't thinking of cooking one of the many great recipes right away. Ha's story is fascinating, and her style incorporates bold linework with fantastic color design. If you love Korean food—or even if you just like nonfiction comics and graphic novels ...more
Brandon Abraham
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
For most of us, Korean cuisine is limited to Korean BBQ, bibimbap, and, just maybe, a perfunctory knowledge of the various banchan. Robin Ha's comic book cookbook demystifies Korean cuisine, making it far more accessible and less intimidating. Want to know the difference between Malgeunguk, Tojanguk, and Gomguk? Want to know what types of noodles to buy? They're all here, and I've taken this cookbook with me to Ktown grocery stores, and it works out pretty well, although I find myself more ...more
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is just so charming! The pictures, cultural notes, and short comic stories are just awesome! I gave it 4 stars because I felt like sometimes the recipes were slightly unclear, especially to international audiences (how big is one onion, etc). Even though the recipes were good, I felt like they needed some tweaking for me personally to say "omg, this is the most amazing thing ever." However, my impression is that Korean home cooking is very much this way (season to taste, add more of ...more
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love this book. Every cuisine should have a such a guide. The comic gives information on ingredients, folklore, how and why to eat some Korean dishes. Most recipes take up less than 2 pages (with illustrations, of course). With suggested staples, substitutions and shortcuts offered I don’t feel like I need to make special trips to make most of these recipes. Someone mentioned in a previous review the tight spine binding, I have the same note. I creased the spine for use in the kitchen and will ...more
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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 ...more