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“There are countless reasons to love Korean culture, but one standout reason is its amazing cuisine. A Very Asian Guide to Korean Food is delicious.”  – MIN JIN LEE, author of Free Food for Millionaires and Pachinko, a finalist for the National Book Award

This book is beautifully illustrated by Sunnu Rebecca Choi. It introduces children to Asian cuisine and the #VeryAsian Movement.

Explore the delicious world of Korean Food! This illustrated picture book introduces young readers to classic and modern Korean dishes and provides fun facts about the foods and culture of Korea. Learn how kimchi is made or discover what makes a Korean fried chicken so crispy. 

A Very Asian Guide to Korean Food (from Gloo Books) is written by Michelle Li, an award-winning, veteran journalist and co-founder of the Very Asian Foundation. Michelle started a global movement of unity with the viral hashtag #veryasian after she received a racist voicemail in response to her sharing on-air the Korean foods she eats. She is a vocal advocate for the Asian American community and brings this same pride and energy for her culture to her debut children’s book.  Illustrated by Sunnu Rebecca Choi in mixed media, each page is a colorful exploration of a dish that is sure to make every reader hungry.

The book is the first in the Very Asian Guide series, a children’s book series that celebrates various Asian cuisines, and is published by Gloo Books, a new children’s book publishing company making books for a more inclusive, just and compassionate future. 

A Very Asian Guide to Korean Food from Gloo Books is available for order now and is written for ages 3 – 7.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michelle Li is an award-winning, veteran journalist who co-launched The Very Asian Foundation in January 2022 alongside friend and fellow journalist Gia Vang. Her response to a racist voicemail became a global movement of unity and caught the attention of The Ellen Show. Ellen’s monetary gift of $15,000 helped start the seed money to create a non profit focused onshining a light on Asian experiences through advocacy and celebration. 

Michelle spent many years supporting adoptees through heritage camps and volunteer tours to Korea. She also launched a program to support Missouri children in foster care. All of this led to a congressional award in 2010. Michelle’s journalistic work has been honored with a national Peabody Award, several national Murrows, and multiple regional Emmys– often dealing with race or gender inequities. Michelle has appeared on CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, and The Washington Post.

Michelle currently resides in St. Louis with her family. She is @michellelitv on most platforms. A Very Asian Guide to Korean Food is her first children’s book.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR

Sunnu Rebecca Choi is an award-winning Korean/Canadian illustrator & printmaker based in London, United Kingdom. Her goal is to create art that inspires people to connect with their inner selves and find joy within themselves. Her work is often inspired by various moments, thoughts, emotions and social issues we encounter. Her work is a documentation of life, covering small daily events to more significant moments. It’s a way of looking back on the past, appreciating the present, and thinking of a better future.

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