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Growing Up in a Korean Kitchen
A Cookbook by Hi Sooshin Hepinstall
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Growing Up in a Korean Kitchen:
A Cookbook by Hi Sooshin Hepinstall,
Hi Soo Shin Hepinstall, Sonya Hepinstall List Price: $29.95
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August 2002

In today’s industrialized Korea, more than half of the farmers are still devoted to rice cultivation. With the help of modern technology, rice farming has never been more efficient, and twenty men can now do what once took two hundred men to do. Korean farmers are producing good harvests year after year; even in 1989 they had a bumper crop, despite a typhoon and major flooding. Some years there are even surpluses.

Rice is valuable not just as a food staple. After the harvest, the leftover material—the dry husks and straw—are put to good use: for cooking fuel, for making rope and rice sacks, and, most important in past days, for making thatched roofs for village houses. (Nowadays, tin and tile have replaced the old thatched roofs, but to me, the sight of straw always takes me back to my childhood home and our barn where I used to play hide-and-seek with my friends. We rolled in and out of those haystacks like a pack of mice, forever giggling.)

Rice remains the single most important grain to the Korean people. It is the ingredient with which a myriad of Korean dishes are magically transformed—from appetizers to desserts, and countless dishes in between. Rice is even turned into teas, soft drinks, wines, and spirits—the list seems to go on forever. In fact, Koreans boast that rice can be made into more than 700 great dishes. Among the many varieties of rice, Koreans favor short-grain white rice, which has a nutty fragrance and a tender yet chewy texture...

Ready to prepare one of those 700 great rice dishes? Then check out Growing Up in a Korean Kitchen.

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