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Like Bill Kim's food, 'Korean BBQ' cookbook defies categories

CHICAGO - No one's food tastes quite like chef Bill Kim's. Now we know why. "Korean BBQ" details many of the genre-bending dishes that make his restaurants, BellyQ and Urban Belly, so irresistible.

That said, if you're looking for an introduction to the basics of traditional Korean barbecue, the kind originally from South Korea and now popping up all over Chicago, then this is probably not the book for you. Sure, there is a recipe for Korean barbecue sauce and a lot of grilled food, but approximately 95 percent of the recipes stray from what could reasonably be defined as authentic or traditional Korean barbecue.

Most recipes feature ingredients from other Asian countries and even other continents. That includes such offerings as Korean pesto sauce, Seoul to Buffalo shrimp, and hoisin baked beans with bacon barbecue crust. But Kim is still confident about the book's title. "It's Korean

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