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Umma's Table by Yeon-Sik Hong

Umma's Table

Yeon-Sik Hong

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Category: Graphic Novels
Imprint: Drawn and Quarterly
Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
Publication date: 21 Apr 2020
ISBN: 9781770463868

"First published in 2015 by Woorinabi Publishing Co., Korea"--Copyright page.

4 stars out of 5
Rachel Cooke
31 Mar 2020

"South Korea’s reputation for comic art continues to blossom in this feline tale of feasts and filial duty"

The parts of this book that I enjoyed most were those taken up with Madang’s memories of these dishes, and his often hapless attempts to reproduce them with perfect accuracy: the dumplings, the kimchi, the soy bean paste bibimbap. This is a book about all the ways in which food, a proxy for love, can bring people closer; eating together, its author suggests, can make even the most complicated of families healthier and stronger and happier. In these strange times, such a message could hardly be more resonant. I put it down and went immediately to a cupboard, hard on the trail of a bottle of fish sauce.

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