Maangchi’s Real Korean Cooking

My cookbook is here!

It’s a comprehensive, wide-angle view of Korean cooking, from the simplest recipes to the most advanced (see the full recipe index, in English, Korean, and Romanized Korean). I wrote it to be used and learned from over years and years. Beginners can pick it up and make something right away, and hardcore Korean cooks will find plenty of recipes they’ve never tried.

Chosen by Amazon’s editors as one of the best books of the year and one of 100 books for a lifetime of eating and drinking.

Available wherever books are sold. If your local bookstore doesn’t have it, you can ask them to get it.

Signed books are available at Posman Books in New York City. Pick one up at their stores or call them at (212)-627-0304 to have one shipped.

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125 recipes over 300 pages

This is my first cookbook with a major publisher (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and we worked very hard to make an awesome book: 125 recipes over 300 pages, with more than 400 of my photos, with the best, most popular recipes from my website, reworked and rewritten with 75 new ones never before seen, some rarely or never published in English, anywhere. It took more than 2 years to make!

Mul-naengmyeon book pages

The book focuses on traditional-style and authentic Korean dishes. There are recipes for popular, essential dishes and for lesser-known, awesome Korean dishes everyone should know, and others that never make it into any Korean cookbook, ever.

I wrote a whole chapter on Korean fermentation, and a big big chapter full of side dishes (banchan) that you’ll come back to again and again for delicious meal ideas.

Gimbap pages from Real Korean Cooking

The quickest side dishes take 2 minutes to make, and the longest dishes take a year. There’s also a lot of info on Korean food culture, ingredients, useful substitutions, tips & tricks & shortcuts. Plus my own life stories about cooking and Korean culture, and even some reprinted comments & advice from my readers.

It’s all delicious!

All recipes are delicious and I guarantee you’ll love every one. For a few years, I put all my energy and effort into making the best of best Korean cookbook for you, and I hope you enjoy it!