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Curry & Kimchi: Flavor Secrets for Creating 70 Asian-Inspired Recipes at Home

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In their western Massachusetts-based restaurant Coco & The Cellar Bar, chefs Unmi Abkin and Roger Taylor create well-balanced, boldly flavored signature dishes shaped by Abkin’s Korean and Mexican-American upbringing. In Curry & Kimchi, they open their kitchen secrets up to the home cook, sharing their foundational dressings, salsas, broths, and infused oils and ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published October 29th 2019 by Storey Publishing, LLC
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Janet
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do .

In their western Massachusetts-based restaurant Coco and The Cellar Bar, chefs Unmi Abkin and Roger Taylor create well-balanced, boldly flavoured signature dishes shaped by Abkin’s Korean and Mexican-American upbringing. In Curry & Kimchi, they open their
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Julia
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I'm in love with this book. Layout and design make me want to put it onto the coffee table. The recipes make me want to go out of my comfort zone and actually try ALL of them out (yes, also the sea food recipes).
Courtnee
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book has been beautifully written and I love that the whole family has been involved. The recipes are stunningly presented and the instructions easy to follow, anyone could make these beautiful dishes.
Annie
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

Curry & Kimchi is a cookbook and restaurant-kitchen-inspired recipe collection from the chefs behind Coco & The Cellar Bar. Due out 1st Oct 2019 from Storey publishing, it's 176 pages and will be available in hardcover and ebook formats.

It's really cool to read cookbooks from chefs and foodies who have actual philosophies about food and presentation. (I also like basic home cooking cookbooks, and use them all the time - I just love
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Jacqui Huntley
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book is presented in a colourful, enthusiastic way and I do like the examples of how you plate up the food in order to get a pretty end result rather than just the end result itself. The recipes are predominantly for the bases of oils, salsas, dressings and pastes familiar in South Korean cooking and I really appreciated that as I'm not really one to buy a jar of, say, ready made Thai green curry paste. Freshly prepared, these do have a short fridge life and even making a cup or three's ...more
Ulyana
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a self-confessed foodie and Asian fusion enthusiast, I was very excited to hungrily tear my way through Curry and Kimchi, and found myself enjoying every page cover to cover, not left unsatisfied at any moment. This book is a true celebration of food and the powerful impact it has on us - nostalgic, empowering and inspiring. Abkin and Taylor have crafted a beautiful volume, one which emphasises teaching the importance of balance, proper seasoning and, above all, joy.

Curry and Kimchi is
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Samantha
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food-drink, netgalley
Curry & Kimchi cookery book contains 70 recipes with four of the recipes designed for the Instant Pot/Pressure cooker.

This book is divided into three main parts:
- Dressing & Salads
- Sauces & Salsa with Main Dishes
- Condiments, pickles & infused oils
then there is a list of everyday equipment required, and gives you ideas on where to get your everyday ingredients such as spices, sauces and pastes and explains and shows the different types of sauces or noodles in photographs .

The
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Jessica Haider
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbook, netgalley
A beautiful cookbook by Unmi Abkin and Roger Taylor , who own & operate the restaurant Coco & the Cellar Bar in Easthampton, MA. Abkin was born in South Korea but moved to America as a child when she was adopted by a Jewish-American dad & a Mexican mom. Food has always played an important role in her life. The book is full of recipes with Asian-influenced flavors. Most of the recipes have a sauce/dressing followed by a dish that uses that sauce. I've already tried a couple of recipes ...more
Susanne
Sep 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
Thank you to Storey Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The combination of Korean and Mexican-American called strongly to me, and I loved the breadth of the recipes included - although I did have some issues with how the book was structured. I felt that the "everyday ingredients" should come at the beginning, to set the groundwork. I also noted that quite a few of the recipes included instructions that presupposed knowledge a beginner would not have, e.g. what is
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Standa
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am always looking for new flavours and meals to serve up to my family and this looks like a great book to make some new and delicious recipes.

Whilst I haven’t yet tried any of the recipes included in this book I am planning on cooking the peanut chicken dish and Pad Thai. These are flavours my family are used to but with a new twist.

I love the assembly pictures and all of the colours of the different fresh foods really make the dishes look attractive. Each recipe seems to have layers of
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Kristine
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
Curry & Kimchi by Unmi Abkin is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late September.

A cookbook format that presents condiments, sauces, and garnishes with the salads and main courses that they accompany (though there’s a few fermented and oil recipes at the very end). It has squared-off photo assembly/placement and overdesigned ArtDeco font choices with the recipe text and images focused around a slate, brown, and orange color palette. The impersonal, cut and dry narration doesn’t frame
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Sharley
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the first page this book was make no my mouth water! Some amazing flavours and beautiful photography to match. Too many good recipes I want to try! The intro was actually more interesting than most cook recipe books and really told a story of how the book came to be with her.
Definitely recommend this! Thanks for the ARC Netgalley
Joe Jones
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another cookbook that as you go through it your mouth starts watering and you immediately want to try each recipe! Gorgeous photographs, clearly written recipes with extra tips, and wonderful stories to inspire you. This is a book that needs a permanent place on your shelf.
Kristin
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a fun cookbook, as they had a bunch of different sauces and made things look so easy to make.
Linda Phillips
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lots of nice recipes for me to try in this book, and I look forward to trying them! All look great and recipes look easy to follow.
NiaDwynwen Thomas
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love that this book is organized just the way I like to cook: simple, versatile meals brought to life with flavorful sauces and dressings. Yum.
Nursebookie
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ecopy of this book from netgalley.
The release date is on Oct 2019.
Synopsis: In their western Massachusetts-based restaurant Coco and The Cellar Bar, chefs Unmi Abkin and Roger Taylor create well-balanced, boldly flavored signature dishes shaped by Abkin’s Korean and Mexican-American upbringing. In Curry & Kimchi, they open their kitchen secrets up to the home cook, sharing their foundational dressings, salsas, broths, and infused oils and the dishes that feature them, through
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Roslyn Stillman
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a beautifully presented book. The recipes are well presented with a great variety. The photos show how to put the dishes together and present them beautifully. The recipes are all easy with a limited amount of ingredients making it easy to make although some ingredients may be hard to find for some but the majority of the products are easily available. There is a great section to explain the different ingredients and tools required.. This book would look lovely sitting on a coffee table but ...more
Erika Sarutobi
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This looks so good!! The photography and the types of recipes are amazing. I'm loving this already. Definitely will try some of these recipes soon!




Received a digital copy from Netgalley for an honest review.
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I really like this book and intend to buy a hard copy for my kitchen library. The photos are great - I love the way that it shows how to plate up, for that added look. The recipes are appealing. The food looks delicious. And there is enough variation in there to really appeal. Great.
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Unmi Abkin’s early relationship with food centered around longing. As an orphaned child in South Korea, she experienced hunger on a daily basis. Eventually adopted by a Jewish-American father and a Mexican mother, Abkin was steeped in diverse food traditions. Flavor was a revelation that ultimately defined her passion for food. A graduate of California Culinary Academy, she interned at Chez ...more