One of our favorite food books of the year is The Way We Ate, a cookbook chronicling the iconic foods of our past and present via some of the world’s favorite chefs. The book’s authors (and photographers) Noah Fecks and Paul Wagtouicz share a desire to re-create, cook and capture some of the best recipes of the 20th Century that they either missed the first time around, or want to relive in their own kitchens. In the book, food writers and chefs each take a year in the 20th Century and develop a recipe that pays tribute to an invention, moment in history or nugget of pop culture.

The second Olympic Summer Games to be held in Asia (the first was in Tokyo in 1964) saw higher numbers of participating countries than any previous games of the 1980s. Some of the 20th century’s best-known athletes, including Flo-Jo, Greg Louganis and Jackie Joyner-Kersee, would attend and compete. The South Korean peninsula, and its people, were largely undiscovered to generations of Americans. As a result, the intricate platings and divine, opulent preparations of Korean food seemed extraordinary to the average American. Today, Korean cuisine is still woefully underrepresented outside metropolitan East and West Coast cities. Thankfully, the brilliant and polished Scott Hocker has created a dish to introduce the flavor and excitement of Korean cuisine to American cooks and diners.

Reprinted with permission from The Way We Ate