The Kimchi Chronicles Book
is ALL the rage right now. It has a famous chef attached and that "actress" factor. But uhmm....
This is the one I recommend to folks looking for THAT Korean cookbook: Discovering Korean Cuisine: Recipes from the Best Korean Restaurants in Los Angeles
. It's easy to see why: 1) I've always said this: I hate Korean cuisine methodology 1a) I hate paying for (often subpar) panchan I don't want 1b) I don't enjoy only 1 "entree" 2) Korean food is expensive by Asian food standards, even in LA 3) obviously, the book is geographically pertinent, and the restaurants are mostly still there. 3a) It makes me feel rather smug when I drive by these joints and think: hey man, I never have to pay for your shit ever again.
Don't expect narratives so typical of hip biographical cookbooks. There are no stories of how so-and-so immigrated from Pusan in 1965. And that's reason 4) why this is the Korean cookbook I buy for everyone (I literally keep spare copies of this in case of emergency foodnerd birthdays/Xmas).
The other 2: Quick and Easy Korean Cooking
by Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee (who lives in LA and contribs to LAT), and Growing Up In A Korean Kitchen: A Cookbook
by Hi Soo Shin. Cecilia learned from her first book and dropped the personal narratives for her second, but people complain the recipes are TOO simple this time around. You can't win 'em all. Hi Soo Shin's book.. damn, I don't want to read about your childhood, seriously.