Seoultown Kitchen: Korean Pub Grub to Share with Family and Friends
by Debbie Lee
Debbie Lee loves a good party. It was her love of party snacks, appetizers, and pub grub that inspired her to write her first cookbook, 'Seoultown Kitchen: Korean Pub Grub to Share with Family and Friends' which brings her love of small plates, little bites, and big flavors together. Debbie is best known as the fan favorite and second runner of season five of The Next Food Network Star and for her fleet of food trucks in LA serving up her signature Korean fare.
Debbie's style of cooking is quite unique. Building upon the foundation of Korean home cooking learned from her beloved grandmother, she blends in a bit of southern cooking (inspired by the collard greens and cornbread her mom used to make) into many of her dishes, like The Other Southern Catfish, Seoul Style. Combine this with her fascination for Korean pub culture, and the result is one of the most original cookbooks to be published this fall.
Inspired by Korean pop culture and infused with contemporary American spirit, this unique and lively cookbook represents Debbie's take on Seoul's version of the local pub. Including small plates, down-home favorites, and creative cocktails, Debbie's mission is to provide Americans with the affordable, neighborhood-friendly dining that Koreans have always known and loved. Debbie's Korean-American fusion fare is truly unique: taught to cook by her Southern grandmother, she brings Asian flair to familiar comfort-food classics.
In 'Seoultown Kitchen', Lee brings the flavors, smells, textures, and traditions of her favorite aspect of Korean culture: "pub grub." These delicious—and simple—recipes allow anyone to bring these Asian "small plates" to the table. Debbie takes the fear and mystery out of Korean cooking by making the recipes user friendly and illustrating how similar the Korean palate is to our American palate.
About the Author
Debbie Lee Earned her chef chops with stints at La Folie in San Francisco, as well as Le Dome in Los Angeles and the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey, before becoming a popular caterer in Los Angeles. Season Five of "The Next Food Network Star" saw Debbie compete to the final three, garnering praise and accolades from Bobby Flay, Giada DeLaurentis, and Morimoto to name a few new fans; she returned to the network this year to appear on "Chopped All-Stars." Debbie's new--and stationary--restaurant is soon to open in Los Angeles.