Best Korean Cookbooks

Hello, food explorers! Have you ever tried a delicious Korean dish and wondered how to recreate it in your own kitchen? Well, you’re in for a treat! Korean cuisine, with its robust flavors, unique textures, and colorful presentations, has taken the culinary world by storm.

And now, you can embark on this tasty journey right from your home with the help of some fantastic cookbooks. Ready to set sail on this Korean flavor voyage? Let’s get started!

Traditional Korean Cookbooks

For many of us, cooking is not just about the food. It’s about stories, culture, and tradition. And what better way to dive into the deep sea of Korean food culture than with traditional Korean cookbooks? These books take you back to the roots, offering authentic recipes passed down from generation to generation.

“Korean Cooking” by Soon Young Chung is one such gem. This book opens the gateway to traditional Korean cuisine with its easy-to-follow recipes and detailed explanations.


Korean Cooking

  • Chung, Soon Young (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 128 Pages – 09/18/2018 (Publication Date) – Periplus Editions (Publisher)

Another treasure trove is “Growing Up in a Korean Kitchen: A Cookbook” by Hi Soo Shin Hepinstall. This is not just a cookbook, but a journey through Hepinstall’s childhood memories in Korea, exploring traditional Korean recipes intertwined with captivating stories. Now, who’s ready to cook up a storm?


Growing up in a Korean Kitchen: A Cookbook

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  • Hardcover Book
  • Hi Soo Shin Hepinstall (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 272 Pages – 08/08/2001 (Publication Date) – Ten Speed Press (Publisher)

Modern Takes on Korean Cuisine

While tradition has its charm, sometimes it’s fun to shake things up a bit. This is where modern takes on Korean cuisine come into play. These cookbooks blend the old with the new, and the results are simply delicious!

One such book is “Maangchi’s Real Korean Cooking” by Maangchi. Dubbed as the Korean Julia Child, Maangchi provides a modern twist to age-old Korean recipes, making them accessible to everyone, everywhere. With her book, you can be sure to create dishes that will wow your taste buds!


Maangchi’s Real Korean Cooking: Authentic Dishes for the Home Cook

  • A complete course on Korean cuisine for the home cook by the YouTube star and the world’s foremost authority on Korean cooking
  • Her millions of fans compare her to Julia Child. An Internet sensation, Maangchi has won the admiration of home cooks and chefs alike with her trademark combination of good technique and good cheer as she demonstrates the vast and delicious cuisine of Korea.
  • In Maangchi’s Real Korean Cooking, she shows how to cook all the country’s best dishes, from few-ingredient dishes (Spicy Napa Cabbage) to those made familiar by Korean restaurants (L.A. Galbi, Bulgogi, Korean Fried Chicken) to homey one-pots like Bibimbap.
  • For beginners, there are dishes like Spicy Beef and Vegetable Soup and Seafood Scallion Pancake. Maangchi includes a whole chapter of quick, spicy, sour kimchis and quick pickles as well. Banchan, or side dishes (Steamed Eggplant, Pan-Fried Tofu with Spicy Seasoning Sauce, and refreshing Cold Cucumber Soup) are mainstays of the Korean table and can comprise a meal.
  • Hardcover Book

Then, there’s “Koreatown: A Cookbook” by Deuki Hong and Matt Rodbard. This book is like a culinary tour guide, taking you through the vibrant food scenes of Korean neighborhoods across America. So, get ready to jazz up your cooking with these innovative approaches to Korean cuisine!


Koreatown: A Cookbook

  • Hardcover Book
  • Hong, Deuki (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 272 Pages – 02/16/2016 (Publication Date) – Clarkson Potter (Publisher)

Korean Fusion Cookbooks

Now, if you’re really looking for an adventure, how about trying some Korean fusion? Fusion cookbooks take you on a thrilling ride, combining the flavors of Korean cuisine with others from around the world.

Take “Korean BBQ: Master Your Grill in Seven Sauces” by Bill Kim and Chandra Ram, for example. This book takes the familiar barbecue and gives it an exciting Korean twist. With their seven master sauces and numerous recipes, you’ll be grilling like a pro in no time!


Korean BBQ: Master Your Grill in Seven Sauces [A Cookbook]

  • Hardcover Book
  • Kim, Bill (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 240 Pages – 04/17/2018 (Publication Date) – Ten Speed Press (Publisher)

Korean fusion is all about creativity and fun, blending different culinary worlds to create something truly special. So, don your apron, grab these cookbooks, and let’s get cooking!

Vegan and Vegetarian Korean Cookbooks

Korean cuisine isn’t just about meat and seafood; it also offers a cornucopia of delightful vegetarian and vegan dishes. If you’re looking for some veggie goodness, then these cookbooks are for you!

Check out “Korean Vegetarian: Explore the Spicy and Robust Tastes of a Classic Cuisine” by Young Jin Song. This book unlocks a world of delectable Korean vegetarian recipes that are both healthy and hearty.

Korean Vegetarian: Explore the spicy and robust tastes of a classic cuisine, with 50 recipes shown in 130 step-by-step photographs

  • Song, Young Jin (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 96 Pages – 03/16/2012 (Publication Date) – Anness (Publisher)

For those on a vegan journey, “Vegan Korea: Veganized Traditional Korean Recipes” by Shin Kim offers an array of plant-based Korean meals. Now, you can savor the flavors of Korean cuisine without straying from your vegan lifestyle!

Korean Dessert Cookbooks

A meal isn’t complete without a sweet ending. And if you’re looking to add some Korean flair to your dessert game, then these cookbooks are a must-have!

“Cook Korean!: A Comic Book with Recipes” by Robin Ha is an interesting and engaging cookbook that combines recipes with colorful illustrations. This includes some amazing Korean dessert recipes that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.


Cook Korean!: A Comic Book with Recipes [A Cookbook]

  • Ha, Robin (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 176 Pages – 07/05/2016 (Publication Date) – Ten Speed Graphic (Publisher)

And let’s not forget “Dokkaebi: Korean Sweet Treats” by Jihee Kim. This delightful book is a treasure trove of traditional and modern Korean dessert recipes that will make your taste buds dance with joy.


Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a beginner in the kitchen, these Korean cookbooks will take your culinary skills to new heights. So, roll up your sleeves and get ready for an unforgettable culinary adventure! Enjoy the ride and most importantly, enjoy the food!