“Korean Home Cooking is a revelation. It is an education in Korean cuisine and a roadmap for bringing it into your kitchen, with recipes that are as smart and delicious as they are achievable. Herein is a body of knowledge that needed a generous cook like Sohui to shape and share it, and it deserves a spot on every serious cook’s bookshelf.” —Peter Meehan, author, founder of Lucky Peach
Sohui Kim is the Brooklyn-based owner and chef of three successful and popular restaurants: The Good Fork, Gage & Tollner, and Insa, a restaurant dedicated to the Korean food she grew up with. In Korean Home Cooking, she shares the authentic Korean flavors found in the dishes at Insa and her favorite family recipes.
Kim is well-regarded for her classic recipes, popular restaurants, and the ease and agility she has with making her food taste delicious. With 100 recipes, her book Korean Home Cooking is a comprehensive look at Korean cuisine, and includes recipes for:
Crisp mung bean pancakes
Spicy chicken stew
Soondae (blood sausage)
Yuk hwe (beef tartare)
And dozens more!
Kim writes in her introduction, “The greatest compliment I have received about my cooking was from my mom and aunt, who told me right before I opened the restaurant that I have good sohn mat. A Korean cook’s talent is measured in her sohn mat: The literal translation is ‘taste of the hand.’ Someone who has a good sohn mat has a deft hand with seasonings, yes, but is also someone who was born with a passion for food. . . . I want to introduce you to the seasonal, the homemade, the sewed and the pickled, the real Korean way of cooking, all made with as much sohn mat as I can muster.”
With Sohui Kim’s guidance, stories from her family, and photographs of her travels in Korea, Korean Home Cooking—written with James Beard Award–winning journalist Rachel Wharton—brings rich cultural traditions into your home kitchen.
“If you’re looking to further develop your sohn mat, or ‘taste of the hand,’ this book is a must-have.” ―Saveur
About the Author
Sohui Kim is the chef and co-owner of Insa and The Good Fork in Brooklyn, New York.
Rachel Wharton is a James Beard Award-winning food writer. Wharton is the author of Edible Brooklyn: The Cookbook and co-author of Korean Home Cooking and F*ck, That’s Delicious with Action Bronson. She lives in New York.
"Korean cooking is long overdue for a 'Mastering the Art' moment, and Sohui Kim's Korean Home Cooking, written with Rachel Wharton, helps fill that void." — The New York Times
“The most useful cookbook released by a New York chef in 2018.” — Grub Street
"If you’re looking to further develop your sohn mat, or “taste of the hand," this book is a must-have." — Saveur
“Korean Home Cooking is a revelation. It is an education in Korean cuisine and a roadmap for bringing it into your kitchen, with recipes that are as smart and delicious as they are achievable. Herein is a body of knowledge that needed a generous cook like Sohui to shape and share it, and it deserves a spot on every serious cook’s bookshelf.” — Peter Meehan, author, founder of Lucky Peach
“Like so many other enthusiastic eaters, I am fascinated with the flavors found in Korean cooking; earthy and tangy flavors, created by using simple ingredients like salt, soybeans, chili peppers, grains, sun and air. Sohui’s writing welcomes us to visit her earliest food memories like a family member and she profoundly informs us with the nuanced skill of a natural teacher.” — Michael Anthony, author and executive chef, Gramercy Tavern
“Sohui Kim is breaking down barriers of the Korean cuisine, making delicious food ready for a simple Monday dinner or a balling out event for special occasions. Buy the book and open your everyday table to these amazing recipes.” — Dale Talde, author and chef, Talde
“If you could only choose one cookbook on Korean cuisine, I would opt for this one. It is a gorgeous collection of soulful recipes that are easy to follow and execute. Buy it for the banchan alone.” — Anita Lo, chef and author
“Naturally attuned to many of the current concerns and fashions in food, the delectably spiced, colorful Korean dishes in restaurants may seem overwhelming to the American home cook. No longer. In this very detailed and exquisitely illustrated cookbook, Sohui Kim combines knowledge from her Insa kitchen with down-to-earth savvy recalled from her family kitchen. It is as much a guide to successful ordering in Korean restaurants, as it is to the adventurous home cook.” — Mimi Sheraton, author