Review: Judy Joo’s Korean Soul Food

Review: Judy Joo's Korean Soul Food

Judy Joo’s Korean Soul Food is an interesting collection of recipes with a different flavour. From salads to soups, there are many Korean Fusion recipes to choose. The layout is easy to follow and the images are stunning in this inspiring cookbook.

Review: Judy Joo’s Korean Soul FoodTitle: Judy Joo's Korean Soul Food: Authentic Dishes and Modern Twists
Author: Judy Joo
Publisher: White Lion Publishing
Publication Date: October 8, 2019

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Fresh from the success of Korean Food Made Simple, chef Judy Joo is back with a brand new collection of recipes that celebrate the joys of Korean comfort food and gets straight to the heart and soul of the kitchen.

Drawing on her own heritage and international experience, Judy presents recipes for everything from street food to snacks and sharing plates, kimchi to Ko-Mex fusion food, and dumplings to dessert. Through clear, easy-to-understand recipes and gorgeous photography, Judy will help you master the basics before putting her signature fun, unexpected twist on the classics, including Philly Cheesesteak dumplings and a Full English Breakfast–inspired Bibimbap bowl.

With over 100 recipes, helpful glossaries, and tips on how to stock the perfect Korean store cupboard, there's something for amateur chefs and accomplished home cooks alike. So much more than rice and fried chicken, these truly unique recipes are simple, delicious, and will have everyone clamoring for more.

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review: Judy Joo’s Korean Soul Food

Korean restaurants are few and far between where I live, so I was immediately intrigued to give this book a try. There are both traditional and non-traditional recipes in this cookbook. The offerings include :

Salads & Banchan
Pickles & Kimchi
Dumplings
Street Food
Rice
Ko-Mex
Meat & Seafood
Soup & Noodles
Bread
Desserts

❀ Ko-Mex Recipes

I had no idea that Ko-Mex was even a thing until I read this book! The fusion of Korean and Mexican food as a concept just blows my mind, and I can’t wait to try it. The concept of Korean Chicken Quesadillas really sounds like an interesting combination, doesn’t it?

Avocado Tomato Salad

Avocado Tomato Salad

I tried the Avocado Tomato Salad that has a very simple vinaigrette. The flavour is very powerful with the addition of rice vinegar and sesame oil. Definitely a combination that updates a classic simple salad for me.

The things that make a cookbook standout for me are its aesthetics and simplicity. The book has both amazing photography and easy to follow instructions. Some of the ingredients may be hard to obtain for some, however.

❀ Perfect Gift

If you are looking for a different kind of cookbook that contains both traditional and non-traditional Korean recipes, Judy Joo’s Korean Soul Food is one book to check out. The imagery is stunning and the recipes are unique. It is a perfect gift for the chef on your list this year.

About Judy Joo

Judy Joo

As a Korean-American, French-trained chef based in London and New York, Judy Joo’s culinary expertise spans the globe. Judy is an expert in cooking and has specialties in pastry and Korean cuisine. She is also renowned television star, an international restaurateur, a columnist for OK! Magazine and a cookbook author. As one of four UK Iron Chefs and the host of Cooking Channel’s ‘Korean Food Made Simple,’ (S1 & S2) Judy brings robust flavours from her Korean ancestry into home kitchens each week.

 

19 thoughts on “Review: Judy Joo’s Korean Soul Food

  1. Greg says:

    I haven’t had a lot of Korean food but a couple summers ago on vacation I tried a Korean food truck and it was like the best thing I ever had lol. I wanted to go back again!

    I didn’t know about Ko-Mex either but I think I’d love it! Yum…

  2. Mary Gardner says:

    I have not eaten Korean food very often but love cookbooks and trying new dishes so this would be a winner for me.

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