We were truly all over the map in our nominations this month. In the end, Korea and Italy seemed to be the destinations of choice for March. To see the nomination thread that got us here, visit http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1004703
If Korea sounds intriguing to you, we have...
"Growing Up in a Korean Kitchen: A Cookbook" by Hi Soo Shin Hepinstall
The Amazon description of the book is as follows:
"Part memoir and part cookbook, GROWING UP IN A KOREAN KITCHEN is one woman's cultural and culinary story, weaving childhood reminiscences with lovingly gathered recipes. With descriptions of the traditional Korean kitchen, preparations for special feast days, and the rituals of everyday family meals, author Hi Soo Shin Hepinstall draws an engaging portrait of a seldom glimpsed way of life. Easy-to-follow recipes, largely handed down through oral tradition, cover the wide range of main and side dishes, from the sumptuous elegance of 'royal cuisine' to simpler countryside cooking. Korean cuisine has emerged as one of the most exciting and robust tastes of Asia, with great variety and some of the world's most sophisticated techniques for pickling and cooking with garlic and hot pepper. Cooks of all levels, as well as armchair travelers, will welcome this book to their collection."
And if you long for the comfort of Italian home cooking...
"The Chianti Family Cookbook: Classic Recipes from the Heart of Tuscany" by Giovanna Folonari Ruffino (Note that this book may also be sold as "Chianti Family Cooking").
Once again, from Amazon:
"Throughout the world, the Ruffino name is synonymous with the fine wines of Italy's Chianti region. To the natives of Chianti, however, the Ruffino name also means fine food--in particular, the fine food of Giovanna Folonari Ruffino, whose Tuscan kitchen has become a magnet for culinary students.
"As her friends and family will attest, Signora Ruffino is a charming hostess; as this book proves, she is also an accomplished cook. Now, with the help of Michele Evans, co-author of the James Beard Award----winning Gangivecchio's Sicilian Kitchen, she has collected a hundred of her favorite recipes so that the rest of us can enjoy the simple but delicious cuisine that has made her dinner parties and family meals so memorable.
"Each easy-to-follow recipe consists of simple instructions and is accompanied by a beautifully reproduced color
photograph that enables the home cook to see exactly what the finished dish looks like. The result is a visual feast that will stimulate the eye and please the palate."
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