My Family Celebrates This Complex Korean American Dish.

– Cookbook author Eric Kim celebrates comfort food in his new cookbook, "Korean American: Food That Tastes Like Home."

– Kim's recipes range from traditional Korean dishes to fusion creations inspired by his Atlanta upbringing.

– A standout dish is budae jjigae, a hearty stew blending Korean and American ingredients like Spam and kimchi.

– Budae jjigae, or "army base stew," emerged from leftover military rations after the Korean War.

– Some Koreans, like Kim's grandfather, view budae jjigae negatively due to its associations with war and scarcity.

– Kim sees budae jjigae as a symbol of resilience, with each iteration adding depth to the dish's history.

– The stew reflects a complex culinary legacy, prompting mixed reactions among different generations.

– Kim's personal connection to budae jjigae highlights its evolution and significance in Korean-American cuisine.

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