Best korean cooking, food & wine books according to redditors

We found 23 Reddit comments discussing the best korean cooking, food & wine books. We ranked the 8 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Korean Cooking, Food & Wine:

u/jackjackj8ck · 23 pointsr/AskCulinary

My mom uses recipes from the Korean cooking blog — looks like she has a cookbook too

I know this is isn’t exactly what you asked for, but since you enjoyed Night + Market’s cookbook and you’re from LA, I’d suggest you check out Roy Choi’s cookbook LA Son

It isn’t exactly authentic, but an LA specific take and his personal stories are also interesting

u/curlycue · 6 pointsr/LosAngeles

Aight girl-

Foreign Cuisine-
How to Eataly - Oscar Farinetti - We made the most AMAZING brisket meatballs and a super simple yet completely delicious red sauce out of this book
Around My French Table - Dorie Greenspan - Where the Cornish hens and gougeres came from.
Real Korean Cooking - Maangchi - Korean Fried Chicken. We've made them twice now because they're so good and can't wait to do more.
Mexican Everyday - Rick Bayless - Learned how to make perfect guac from this book and so far we've made these v tasty chorizo/mushroom/potato tacos. The recipe is SO cheap and SO voluminous that we had it as a taco filling, a quesadilla filling, and we're making a hash with it for brunch this morning.
Every Grain of Rice - Fuchsia Dunlop - We haven't tried anything out of here yet but there are sooooo many good-looking recipes in here.
Entice with Spice - Shubhra Ramineni - Likewise, haven't made anything out of here yet but looking forward to trying it all out soon.
Jack's Wife Freda - Dean & Maya Jankelowitz - This is actually a book from a restaurant that my fiance and I LOVED when we last visited NYC. It's got a lot of fusion recipes. Mediterranean/Israeli/South African/etc. Really unique flavors and also v comfort-food based. We're making rosewater waffles out of this book tomorrow!

Rose's Baking Basics - Rose Levy Barenbaum - This book is incredible. She has tons and tons of step-by-step photos which is SUPER helpful. We made the dark chocolate caramel tart out of this book, but pretty much everything in here looks amazing.
Modern Baking - Donna Hay - I mean... There is some INSANELY decadent looking stuff in here. We haven't tried any of these recipes yet but I can't wait to!

Cook Like a Pro - Ina Garten - It was really hard to pick just one Ina book but I liked most of the recipes in this one. She has this ridic recipe for a dijon mustard chicken that is INCREDIBLE. Also, this bitch knows how to cook some veggies. Big fan of this one.
The Food Lab - /u/j_kenji_lopez-alt - I just love this guy, tbh. We've made a really fantastic beef tenderloin out of this book and an incredible red wine sauce to go with it and of course, his famous roasted potatoes which are now my holy grail recipe for roasted potatoes. This book is like a science textbook only instead of boring stuff it's FOOD science, which is my favorite kind.

Those were all the ones we purchased ourselves (though technically Eataly was a gift BUT we love it and plan to use it often.) We have other cookbooks in our stable that we've received as gifts, which is what resulted in my fiance and I deciding we wanted to embark on this journey. We kept being given cookbooks and never doing anything with them. But man, do people love it when you send them pics of stuff you cooked out of a book they gave you. If people give you cookbooks, use them!! It will make their day to see it's being used. Here's what else is on our cookbook shelf-

The Forest Feast Gatherings - Erin Gleeson - This is a vegetarian book my fiance's mom gave us a few years ago for Christmas. We have a bunch of veggie friends (and friends with a lot of different allergies) so we turn to this book to have a few things that are edible by all of them when we have them over, as we often do. This book has a really delicious salad that has pomegranate seeds, pear, and hazelnut that is out of this world good. I also got my HG salad dressing from this book.
The Salad Bowl - Nicola Graimes - Another gift from my fiance's mom. Is she trying to tell us something?? Honestly haven't looked much into this book yet but it sure is pretty.
The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook - Dinah Bucholz - This was a gift from the assistant in my office. Everyone in my office knows me as the Harry Potter girl because I have a lightning bolt tattoo, haha. We haven't made anything out of this yet, but we probably will have some sort of epic feast with recipes from this book when GoT starts back up later this year.
Talk About Good - Louisiana Lafayette Junior League - My boss gave this to my fiance and I as part of an engagement gift. My fiance went to school in New Orleans. It's primarily New Orleansian/Cajun food. Haven't made anything out of it yet, but we are looking forward to it.

And that's what's on our cookbook shelf for now.

edit also omg thanks for the gold!! <3

u/Wuthering_HHH · 6 pointsr/korea

Probably this one.

u/hobojoe645 · 5 pointsr/korea

I've used a lot of her recipes successfully. I also started using her once I returned back to the States to cook some good Korean food.

I have used the following recipes to great success from her:



Kimchi Fried Rice

Soybean rice



Maangchi also has a great cookbook. But her website has a lot more recipes than the cookbook does. But the cookbook does have about 95% of what you want, including the side dishes.

u/keepfighting · 5 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Well, I personally think this is cute, BUT my dog is utterly horrified and embarrassed by this WL item. And I can't fucking wait :D

Link to prize item! Thanks for the fun contest :)

u/postmaster3000 · 4 pointsr/KoreanFood

Am Korean, am avid home cook, and this is the absolute reference Korean cookbook.

u/retailguypdx · 4 pointsr/Chefit

I'm a bit of a cookbook junkie, so I have a bunch to recommend. I'm interpreting this as "good cookbooks from cuisines in Asia" so there are some that are native and others that are from specific restaurants in the US, but I would consider these legit both in terms of the food and the recipes/techniques. Here are a few of my favorites:


u/Darkling_I_Listen · 3 pointsr/KoreanFood

Serving size: 2-3

  • 18 ounces fresh jajangmyeon noodle (or kalguksu noodle)
  • 6 ounces lean pork (loin or tenderloin), cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1.5 onions, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 zucchini, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup black bean paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

    Cook noodles in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender. Stir occasionally and then drain. Put the noodles in a serving bowl (you will want to time this out so that the noodles finish cooking at about the same time as the sauce).

    Heat wok (or skillet) over high heat until a drop of water evaporates within a few seconds of contact, then add olive oil and pork. Cook until the pork is fully cooked and then add black bean paste, onion, and zucchini and continue to stir-fry. When the vegetables are all cooked, add water and sugar, and boil over high heat. When the black bean sauce boils, add cornstarch and quickly mix in. Remove from the heat. Serve noodles and sauce in separate bowls or together.

    From Discovering Korean Cuisine. Not the most comprehensive book, but quite beautiful and the recipes, so far, are great. Focuses on successful and authentic Korea restaurants in LA.
u/wotan_weevil · 2 pointsr/Cooking

I like a lot. is also very good. Neither is full of photos (so it helps if you already know what it's supposed to look like), and both assume you know how to cook.

For a more fully photo-illustrated book, with more beginner-oriented detail, is OK. Doesn't give Korean names for the dishes. This is, iirc, the same book as

u/NoFeetSmell · 2 pointsr/Cooking

Wait, whaaat?! I'll Google and buy that shizz now, but I don't think she does... If I find one, I'll come right back.

Edit: her Patreon membership includes an ebook when it's done, and a hardcover one with the $5 tier, after 7 months. Here's her Patreon page. I just joined it.

Edit2: I got my threads mixed up in the inbox, and I was accidentally talking about and posted the Patreon for Souped Up Recipes, not Maangchi! Maangchi does have a cookbook - [maangchi's real korean cooking: Authentic Dishes for the Home Cook] ( - more than one, in fact. [Here's one for pre-order - [maangchi's big book of korean cooking: From Everyday Meals to Celebration Cuisine] (

u/mamabelles · 2 pointsr/bangtan

lol my parents get tired of it too but they cant deny my request because they love it just as much as i do. my mom cant find her really old one from when we were kids BUT she bought this one a year ago and has been getting recipes from it since then. I personally recommend making the 참치전 (tuna pancake) with some kimchi fried rice. i make that when i'm in between classes because it's fast and it tastes sooooo good. it reminds me of my childhood.

u/profe608 · 2 pointsr/KoreanFood

I don't know if it's necessarily for a "beginner", but I really love Maangchi.

Here's a link to her cookbook that I have:

Maangchi Cookbook

The thing that I love about her is that she also has a youtube channel where she uploads videos on how to make different things.

Here's her youtube channel:

u/artusory · 1 pointr/KoreanFood