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Journalist, world traveler, and avid eater Graham Holliday has sampled some of the most exotic and intriguing cuisines in countries around the globe. However, none has intrigued him more or stayed with him longer than Korea’s. On a pilgrimage to Korea to unearth the real food eaten by locals, Holliday discovers a country of contradictions, a quickly developing modern society that hasn’t decided whether to shed or embrace its culinary roots. Devotees still make and consume traditional dishes in tiny holes-in-the-wall even as the phenomenon of Korean people televising themselves eating (mukbang) spreads ever more widely.
Amid a changing culture that’s simultaneously trying to preserve what’s best about traditional Korean food while opening itself to a panoply of global influences, that’s balancing new and old, tradition and reinvention, the real and the artificial, Holliday seeks out the most delicious dishes in the most authentic settings-even if he has to prowl in back alleys to find them and convince reluctant restaurant owners that he can handle their unusual flavors. Holliday samples soondae (or blood sausage); beef barbeque; bibimbap; Korean black goat; wheat noodles in bottomless, steaming bowls; and the ubiquitous kimchi, discovering the exquisite, the inventive and, sometimes, the downright strange.
Animated by Graham Holliday’s warm, engaging voice, Eating Korea is a vibrant tour through one the world’s most fascinating cultures and cuisines.
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April 25, 2017
Without giving away to much of the book.
You should watch this Music video
before reading Chapter 20.
Wonder Girls (원더걸스) - K FOOD PARTY
The video is funny and ridiculous.
However, Sometimes it takes funny and ridiculous to get the attention of people.
Most ads I see the...
January 14, 2018
The descriptions of the dishes and people Holliday meets are interesting, but ultimately he objectifies Koreans and reduces Korean culture. The whole book has an air of the "White Man's Burden" to it, as if Koreans and Korean food exist solely to titillate this Western visitor. His search for aut...
September 21, 2017
It was ok.
A nice vignette of the author's trip to South Korea nearly two decades after his initial time there, though the real takeaway is impermanence of identity.
What exactly is real Korean food, he queries?
Is it dishes that existed prior to Japanese occupation?
Is it post-war food mishmashe...
November 11, 2017
It actually wasn't that bad a book as 1* might indicate. It was a romp around Korea, sampling and seeking "real" Korean food in a nation with a hyperkinetic change of pace and occasional disdain for the new. Could have used photos, a map, and a glossary.
But my bell curve grading system is harsh....
September 11, 2017
My parents are from Korea and most of what Holliday writes about was unfamiliar to me. I liked his description of food more than his portraits of people he met. Made me hungry for Korean food but just not an engaging or memorable book.
July 02, 2017
A+ for the nostalgia value (and making me hungry), but otherwise not that awesome of a book. I'd really be more interested in reading actual Koreans' opinions about changes in their society and food culture, rather than a foreigner grumbling about change for 300 pages. But also...I'm so hungry no...
May 25, 2017
Definitely not as fantastic as "Eating Vietnam" but it was still enjoyable and made me crave kimchi. It is worth a read if you have any interest in Korea.
January 14, 2017
Ultimately, though I feel I started strong with this one, I did not enjoy this book. I have never read Holliday before (I gather there are other "Eating" country books) and I likely would not again. Two theories/opinions:
1. This made me question the usefulness of books when describing visceral pl...
January 29, 2018
I enjoyed learning about this cuisine which is easily available in my neighborhood. It was fun also to learn about the Korean culture.
April 05, 2017
I didn't enjoy this book as much as Eating Vietnam. I don't know if it was just the Korean culture didn't capture me as much as the Vietnamese. The food still all sounds delicious and I wouldn't mind going there one day.
This book did make me want to read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep though...