Cooking demo and signing at the Traveler's Bookcase

Come eat, drink and be merry with us as I demonstrate recipes from my latest cookbook: "Quick and Easy Mexican Cooking."

quick and easy mexican cooking

This Friday, October 19th at 7pm

Traveler's Bookcase
8375 W. Third Street, LA, CA 90048

Hope to see you there!


My latest edition of Frommer's South Korea is out!

Frommers South Korea Guide.

When I was writing it, I visited the DMZ just when Kim Jong-Il died. It was a strange and historic time to be in Korea. I hope I was able to capture more of the magic of my homeland for you.

It's available from Amazon and fine bookstores worldwide!


Kimchi and Cranberries!
Exciting news! I'm teaching a hands-on cooking class on how to make kimchi on

Saturday, November 12th at 2pm
in the catering kitchen of Jennie Cook at
3048 Fletcher Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90065
(in my hood, Glassell Park, just a couple of doors down from the fire station)

We'll also put on a pot of cranberries so you can take a jar home for your Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone will go home with jars of kimchi, as well. AND if Jennie gets her pressure cooker in time, she'll even do a demonstration on how to can tuna at home (something she picked up from the Master Canners).
Did I mention, I'll also share my family's kimchi stuffing recipe?

Class size is limited (to those we can squeeze into the industrial kitchen), so reserve a spot soon! RSVP with or 323-982-0052. Only $65 pp, which includes all the supplies and trimmings.


For those of you planning a trip to Seoul, here's the perfect thing: A Day by Day Seoul guide from Frommer's! I tried to squeeze in as many maps as possible and there are hundreds of color photos to bring the city to life. I tried to put in all of the secret corners of Seoul that even locals don't know about, including special gastronomic stops, art galleries and tiny boutique shops.

Frommer's Day by Day Seoul

It's available on and where fine books are sold!


My latest cookbook is "Quick and Easy Mexican Cooking." You can order it on Amazon or order it directly from me and I'll send a signed copy.

quick and easy mexican cooking

It has over 80 fast and simple recipes. Actually, I got so excited in writing this book that I sent in 10 too many recipes. So, I had to cut them to make space. It's still chock full of deliciousness with colorful photos by Leigh Beisch. Churros, anyone?


I began a new conceptual photo project the 2011 year -- photographing everything I eat and drink for 365 days! Check it out and follow my blog at


The latest edition of my Frommer's South Korea travel guide is out!

frommers south korea

For the update, I've combed the countryside to add more little known places like salt farms, Korea's only cheese town (yes, it's true), a farm dedicated to dwenjang, rice paddies that ramble down to the ocean, wild tea fields (vs. the farmed ones in Boseong), herbal markets in the mountains and more!

Plan your trip soon and I hope you get to enjoy my beautiful homeland!


I am one of the founding members of the Sketchbook Project Library!

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This "library" of sketchbooks will be traveling around the country. Exhibitions will be at the following galleries for a limited time only:

Art House Gallery in Atlanta, GA - January 29-30, 2010

303Grand in Brooklyn, NY - February 19-21, 2010

Art and Shelter Gallery at The Salvation Army - Los Angeles, CA - April 8-11, 2010

Soulard Art Market - St. Louis, MO - April 16-18, 2010

Home Gallery - Chicago, IL - May 7-9, 2010

If you're in any of these cities, stop and in spend some intimate time with an artist's sketchbook!


The signings in NYC has been cancelled (due to the closure of Gourmet magazine)!

Since my book, Quick & Easy Korean Cooking, was chosen as Gourmet's Cookbook of the Month in June,
I've been invited do
signings at the Gourmet Marketplace
October 24th 11:30am - 12:30pm and
Sunday, October 25th, 12:15 - 1:30pm
Altman Building - 135 W. 18th Street (btwn 6th & 7th Avenues
Sorry! The events have been CANCELLED! Since Gourmet is sadly closing its doors after 70 years!


the Cooking Class for the Korea Society
will be postponed for sometime in 2010, when I'm on the
East Coast again.


The Canvas Project at the Atlantic Airport!

canvas project little paintings

Each artist was given 5 tiny canvases and 5 random words. We created a "Visual Encyclopedia" of the words. If you're flying through Atlanta, take a look and see if you can guess which images represent what word.

The exhibit was up at the Atlanta Airport Atrium Gallery - July 31st through September 4th
and at the Art House Gallery through September 25th.


As my last signing (for awhile), I went down to the Costco in Garden Grove.
Saturday, August 15th at Noon
Signing at the Costco in Garden Grove
11000 Garden Grove Blvd., Garden Grove, CA 92843
• (714) 638-6308

Thanks to everyone who came by, bought large watermelons and bought books!


Thursday, July 30th at 7:30pm
Informal talk and slide show at the Pacific Asia Museum (Authors on Asia program)
46 N. Los Robles Av, Pasadena, CA 91101 • (626) 449-2742


There will be Korean snacks and some refreshing hwachae (watermelon punch, pictured above)
from Quick & Easy Korean Cooking. Hope you can join us!


Thank you to everyone who made my little Book Tour a resounding success!

quick and easy korean

Thursday, July 9th at 6:30 pm
Cooking Class at Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks
1740 West 2nd Ave., Vancouver, BC, V6J 1H6 CANADA • (604) 688-6755 • (866) 688-6744

Join me at Barbara -Jo's at 4pm, when I demonstrate a recipe for the CBC's North by Northwest.

Friday, July 10th at 6:30 pm
Signing and sampling of Korean snacks at Third Place Books
17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155 • (206) 366-3333

Saturday, July 11th from 1:00-3:00pm
Cooking class at J. Matheson Kitchen & Gourmet
2609 Colby Ave., Everett WA 98201 • (425) 258-4589
This event is SOLD OUT! An additional date has been added on 7/15th (see below).

Tuesday, July 14th at 7:30pm
Talk and slide show at Elliott Bay Books
101 S.Main St., Seattle, WA 98104 • (206) 624-6600

Wednesday, July 15th from 6:00-8:00pm
Cooking class at J. Matheson Kitchen & Gourmet
2609 Colby Ave., Everett WA 98201 • (425) 258-4589
This event was also SOLD OUT!

Saturday, July 18th from 10:00am-1:30pm
Cooking class and luncheon at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 9th St., Suite 290, Oakland , CA 94607 • (510) 637-0455
This event is SOLD OUT!

Saturday, July 18th, 3:00-5:00pm
Meet and greet at the Tyler Florence Shop
59 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley, CA 94941 • (415) 380-9200

Thursday, July 30th at 7:30pm
Informal lecture and slide show at the Pacific Asia Museum (Authors on Asia program)
46 N. Los Robles Av, Pasadena, CA 91101 • (626) 449-2742

Hopefully, I'll be in your neighborhood soon!


I am so happy to be able to share the cover of my latest cookbook, "Quick and Easy Korean Cooking!"

quick and easy korean

It's filled with delicious and easy recipes that take 30 minutes or less of work time
(I swear! I cooked each and every one of them with a timer!).
Complete with color photos from food photographer Julie Toy and travel photos from me.
It's out now and I hope to come to your neck of the woods to do a signing or cooking class.

You can order a copy from me (click on the button below) or through Amazon (click on the picture above):

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Our company, Bright Red Rocket, debuted our latest two DVDs:
"Focus: The Collected Filmstrips of Brian Dewan" and "The Wonderful World of Kittens."

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The filmstrip DVD is a work of art! A collection of hand-painted, handmade and wonderfully narrated works by the talented Brian Dewan. The kitten DVD is just that - 45 minutes of unadulterated kittens being cute and hanging out to a fantastically funkadelic score by Brian.

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I've added some new items to my crafty site, including these fun Scrabble earrings.

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They're only $15 a pair and you get to choose any two letters you'd like!

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My travel guide, Frommer's South Korea, is now available.

frommers south korea travel guide

It was probably the most difficult project I've done so far in my life but so worth it to be able to share with you all the wonderful parts of my home country. You can order it from here.

You can also listen to a podcast I did for here.

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I've been obsessed with miniature Japanese food for awhile and now
I can share my love with you with my new site!

You can get earrings made to look like sushi, donuts and more. So much fun!

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Tim and I were at Supermarket for our company Bright Red Rocket on Saturday, December 15th @ Meltdown Comics.

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Our little paintings were at Weeneez/Red Dot gallery downtown (on the SE corner of Spring and Fifth)!

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I was one of 200 artists in an exhibit sponsored by the Haus Gallery to raise money for the people of Darfur.
The exhibit successfully raised over $10,000
(enough to feed more than 60,000 children!).

The HausGuest Exhibit ran from February 24th - March 31th, 2007
@ The Haus Gallery at the Brewery Project and online

The opening reception was a fabulous bash! Thank you for attending.

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