I am a Korean-American with a passion for cooking, eating, photographing, and thinking up classic and modern Korean dishes the way I like them—spicy, savory, pungent, comforting, and most of all, nostalgic. After moving back to the States a few years ago, disappointment hit hard when I tried to find unique Korean recipes online and offline. This is not to say there weren’t any reliable websites out there, but they’re mostly your typical housewife cooking up basic dishes that are pretty mainstream. From that, I decided to give the world yet another food blog (from a guy’s perspective) devoted to Korean cuisine albeit with a more modern twist on traditional dishes that I grew up eating.
Disclaimer: I am not a professional cook and have no culinary training. However, what I do have is a lifetime’s experience watching my mom and other old-school ajummas prepare comfort food at its best, and I think that’s rubbed off on me well over the years. Hopefully, this blog will not only introduce Korean cuisine to a wider audience, but also get people to cook and enjoy the experience with friends and family.
Some people have inquired about how I take such beautiful pictures and the explanation is simple…..lighting, lighting, and lighting. After studying up on different food photography techniques, you quickly learn that lighting (and no, not the camera) is the single most important factor to get clear, detailed, and colorful pictures. When I started this blog, I was very close to being one of those food photographers with an expensive camera in tow, props and placements to match every color, and dishes of all shapes and sizes. Standing on ladders to get that perfect picture is commonplace in professional food photography. I do not and will not be one of those guys. Proud to say, I use a regular Samsung point n shoot that cost roughly $200 bucks. Though I am a big fan of beautiful food, I am not a big fan of food that look more like art than real food. And even though I still yearn for a nice DSLR camera, I am reminded of the guy standing on the ladder trying to get that perfect shot. I do not want to be one of those guys.
Updated 4/20/2013: It was by pure accident that I purchased my beginner-level DSLR Nikon 5100 when the Samsung decided it didn’t want to shoot any more food pics. To my surprise, it would have cost more to fix the camera for what I originally paid for it, making it an easy decision to go ahead and upgrade. Needless to say, the pictures are turning out better than expected and you might see a noticeable difference in quality. As I read back at my previous notes, I guess I might end up being one of those photographers who stand on ladders to get that picture perfect shot.
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