A DIY cookbook for crafting and cooking with kimchi at home from Mother-In-Law’s founder Lauryn Chun, featuring sixty recipes for connoisseurs of the beloved Korean pickle.
Following traditional kimchi-making seasons and focusing on produce at its peak, this bold, colorful cookbook walks you step-by-step through how to make both robust and lighter kimchi. Lauryn Chun explores all kinds of flavors and techniques for creating this live-culture food, from long-fermented classic winter kimchi intended to spice up bleak months to easy-to-make summer kimchi that highlights the freshness of produce and is ready to eat in just minutes.
After getting made your own kimchi, the usage of everything from tender and delicate young napa cabbage to stuffed eggplant, you’ll then use it as a star ingredient in Chun’s inventive recipes for cooking with kimchi. From favorites such as Pan-Fried Kimchi Dumplings and Kimchi Fried Rice to modern dishes like Kimchi Risotto, Skirt Steak Ssam with Kimchi Puree Chimichurri, Kimchi Oven-Baked Baby Back Ribs, and even a Kimchi Grapefruit Margarita, Chun showcases the fantastic range of flavor kimchi adds to any plate.
With sixty recipes and beautiful photographs with a view to have you hooked on kimchi’s unique crunch and heat, The Kimchi Cookbook takes the champagne of pickles to new heights.
Featured Recipe: Quick Cucumber and Chive Kimchi (Oyi Buchu Gutjori)
Prep time: 20 minutes
Brining time: 5 to 7 minutes
Fermentation: Ready to eat
Yield: 5 cups
- 8 Kirby, 10 Persian, or 2 large Japanese or English cucumbers, unpeeled
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt (preferably Diamond Crystal)
- 2 tablespoons Korean chili pepper flakes (gochugaru)
- 2 teaspoons anchovy sauce (optional)
- 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
- 1/4 cup Korean or regular chives, cut into 2-inch pieces
- 2 tablespoons thinly sliced onion
Halve the cucumbers lengthwise, then cut them into 1/8-inch thin diagonal slices. In a medium bowl, mix the cucumbers with the salt until well combined. Set aside for 5 to 7 minutes until cucumbers sweat and glisten. They’re going to lose the some firmness, but must still have a little crunch as you do not need them to be too soft.
Place the cucumbers in a colander and rinse, then pat them dry. In a medium bowl, combine the cucumbers with the chili pepper flakes, anchovy sauce, and sugar and allow to combine for 10 minutes. Add the chives and onion and toss to combine. Eat immediately, or refrigerate and consume within 2 to 3 days.