I keep cookbooks that I buy in my office within reach of my desk. In my spare moments, I page through one and plot what to try, how I may learn something new and interesting from the author. Maangchi’s Real Korean Cooking is one of those books. The author, Maangchi, is a YouTube Korean cooking expert who provides down-to-earth guidance to a wide audience interested in making good Korean food.
She offers solid, honest advice to home cooks and her book is filled with cultural information, ingredient tips, and cooking insights. I love Korean jeon – pancakes and other panfried flat morsels that involve flour and batter. She has a whole Korean pancake section to discuss what they are: savory foods that may serve as “side dishes, snacks or light bites with alcoholic drinks.” I’d only been exposed to large ones featuring seafood and enjoyed with beer and makgeolli rice liquor.
Maangchi points out that in Korea on rainy days, consumption of pancakes and the liquor increase. I looked it up and among the explanations given, is that the sound of rain echoes the sound of jeon frying. Also, that flour and makgeolli have serotonin, which may raise people’s spirits in a downpour. A good reason to indulge anytime.