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Kimchi Jjigae (Kimchi Stew)

Fiery, fermented kimchi makes an easy weeknight meal when made into Kimchi Jjigae (Kimchi Stew), a Korean standby. Photograph by Andre Baranowski.

The Kimchi Chronicles

I had never tasted Korean food until I moved to New York City six years ago. But now, I often crave a good tofu soup or bibimbap, served with spicy banchan, the small bowls of pickled veggies served with every Korean meal. The spices and flavors of Korean food are absolutely addictive, and now, with The Kimchi Chronicles by Marja Vongerichten, completely demystified and attainable at home.

Marja Vongerichten was born in Korea, the daughter of an American serviceman and a Korean woman, and adopted by American parents. At 20 she reconnected with her birth mother who by then lived in New York City, and Marja has been rediscovering and embracing her Korean heritage through food. In The Kimchi Chronicles, her PBS series, she and her husband, none other than chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, travel through Korea for inspiration and then cook up modern takes on Korean foods. This cookbook is a collection of their culinary creations: traditional favorites (like Bulgogi, a Korean barbecue classic) and fascinating fusions (like Korean Baeckeoffe, Jean-Georges’ Korean twist on an Alsatian casserole).

Seafood and Scallion Pancakes

Savory Seafood and Scallion Pancakes make easy, satisfying appetizers. Photograph by Andre Baranowski.

There’s nothing intimidating about The Kimchi Chronicles — ingredients, the trickiest hurdle to cooking up new cuisines, are explained in depth and are easy enough to find at your local grocery store or at an Asian market. So I went ahead and dove right in. I started by buying kimchi at the grocery store (although I could have made Jean-Georges’ Fast Hot Kimchi), and then I whipped up two of my favorite Korean staples: Seafood Pancakes, made with rice flour for a special, soft texture, and Japchae, a simple veggie-packed noodle stir-fry that Marja describes as the pasta salad of Korean food. I was amazed at how quickly and easily my little Korean feast came together.

Try making Korean food in your kitchen today with these sample recipes from The Kimchi Chronicles:

Bimimbap (Rice Bowl)

Marja recomends using leftovers to make Bimimbap (Rice Bowl), as you would throw together a big chopped salad. Photograph by Andre Baranowski.

We’re giving away one copy of The Kimchi Chronicles! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling us your favorite Korean dish.

You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate back with you if you’re a winner. (But do not post your email address into the actual body of the comment.) We’re giving one copy away to one very lucky, randomly selected commenter.

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So tell us, what Korean dishes do you crave?

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Comments (111)

  1. Becky posted 09/22/2011

    I would love to learn to make Bibimbap, but I have made Galbi and love it and Kim chi

  2. whybeo posted 09/22/2011

    My favorite has to be bossam! Tender steamed porke wrapped in salted cabbage and accompanied by oyster kimchi. yum yum

  3. Sarah @ pão e queijo posted 09/22/2011

    I'll admit I haven't tried much Korean food I would LOVE a copy of this book to try more!

  4. Dave posted 09/22/2011

    Tangsuyuk is always on my mind!

  5. Kate posted 09/22/2011

    Too many to list…samgyetang, jjamppong, jjajjamyun, soondubojigae…the list goes on an on!

  6. Lexi Emerton posted 09/22/2011

    Name only one? OK, I love kimchi. As Crystal said above, it warms you up on a chilly Minnesota night(and we have plenty of chilly nights!).

  7. Jimmy posted 09/22/2011

    Spicy and bubbling sundubu jjigae with a side of rice on a cold day. Mmm, soo good.

  8. dauphin posted 09/22/2011

    Bulgogi. Samgyetang. The show is on PBS. I've been watching for months now.

  9. dan duffy posted 09/22/2011

    Bulgogi!!!!!

  10. Saralou Durham posted 09/22/2011

    I'm going to love Korea food and need this cookbook. Our son is marrying a Korean girl in October and I want to make her happy about her move to the US. My first experience was with Bibimbap and I loved it! Now I need to try lots more! Not so sure about the kimchi spices however. But new experiences are good…right?

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