bae Yong-joon, or Yonsama, has finally revealed the Korea-related book he has been preparing for many months, called Journey in Search of Korea’s Beauty.
In order to gather information to incorporate into his book exploring traditional Korean culture, Bae Yong-joon spent over a year traveling the country to research various topics; for instance, his first step was to visit countryside villages to learn the process for making kimchi in the traditional method.
The book details the properties and history of kimchi that he’d learned along the way and includes recipes learned from his teachers, such as one for traditional dduk (rice cakes), kalbi steak, and even one for stuffed cucumber kimchi provided by Bae’s own mother.
Bae Yong-joon has expressed an interest in introducing Korean cuisine to the global market and owns restaurants in Korea and Japan; he writes in his book that he felt moved by the traditional food he encountered, which felt like “a step toward the globalization of Korean cuisine.” He also worked with specialists in the fields of pottery, lacquer ware, hanbok design, etc., as he explored areas of traditional Korean culture such as kimchi making, temple stay, hanbok, tea, ceramics, and more.
Since it was first announced, Journey In Search of Korea’s Beauty has roused a lot of interest and came in at #1 in preorders even before publication. The book will go on sale on September 23 nationwide.