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Kimchi Chronicles: The Pork Chronicles

Airs Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 3 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten (right) prepares a delicious, fast stir-fry of sliced pork and colorful vegetables in "The Pork Chronicles."

Part travelogue, part food fantasy and part documentary of self-discovery, the public television series "Kimchi Chronicles" follows acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and his Korean-born wife Marja as they explore and celebrate Korea's cuisine and culture in the company of chefs, home cooks and their good friend, actress Heather Graham.

Deborra-Lee Furness, host Marja Vongerichten, actor Hugh Jackman and chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten re-create some of their favorite recipes in a country kitchen in Westchester, New York for "Kimchi Chronicles."
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Above: Deborra-Lee Furness, host Marja Vongerichten, actor Hugh Jackman and chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten re-create some of their favorite recipes in a country kitchen in Westchester, New York for "Kimchi Chronicles."

"Kimchi Chronicles" host Marja and guest star Heather Graham take a spiritual tour of Bongeunsa Temple in Seoul.
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Above: "Kimchi Chronicles" host Marja and guest star Heather Graham take a spiritual tour of Bongeunsa Temple in Seoul.

In each episode, Marja and Jean-Georges step into restaurants and home kitchens to experience real, authentic Korean cooking. Going straight to the source to find the best of Korea, they visit every corner of the country — from the rolling hills of Jeju Island's green tea gardens to a sprawling market in Seoul pulsating with activity, all the way to the thriving seaport in Sokcho, just 10 miles from North Korea.

Then, Marja and Jean-Georges return to their country kitchen in Westchester, New York to re-create some of their favorite recipes alongside their neighbors, actor Hugh Jackman and his wife, Deb. Jean-Georges also demonstrates his command of simple, flavorful combinations by creating new dishes inspired by the Korean pantry.

"The Pork Chronicles" - As opposed to the lean-is-better preference in the United States, Koreans love their pork full of fat — and flavor. In this episode, Marja, her dear friend, the actress Heather Graham, and an expert food blogger named Daniel eat classic pork barbeque at Heukdonga restaurant in Seoul. They also stop by Songgane Gamjatang, where Seoul’s taxi drivers convene for pork bone soup and the grand pork dish known as bo ssam.

At home in New York, Marja makes her own version of the cabbies’ favorites and Jean-Georges prepares a delicious, fast stir-fry of sliced pork and colorful vegetables, and improvises a simple, tasty barbeque sauce to coat ribs, chops and even pork feet. Marja and Heather conclude the episode with a visit to a Buddhist temple.

Visit the "Kimchi Chronicles" blog for the latest news about the show. "Kimchi Chronicles" is on Facebook, and you can follow @KimchiTV on Twitter.

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Preview: Kimchi Chronicles: The Pork Chronicles

Above: In "The Pork Chronicles," host Marja and friend Heather Graham get into the Korean love for everything pig.

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Kimchi Chronicles Video Contest

Above: Love the cooking segments on the show? Imagine yourself as an aspiring food star? You're in luck because Kimchi Chronicles is launching a video contest this month with exciting giveaways. It's simple: Subscribe to the Kimchi Chronicles Youtube channel, and post a video response of yourself cooking one of Marja's recipes from the Kimchi Chronicles cookbook. The video should be under 5 minutes, and the segment should feature the cookbook. The contest runs from Wednesday, October 19 through Friday, December 9, so be sure to upload your video within this time frame. Please also leave your email along with your video. At stake are exciting prizes from our contest partners, CJ Foods, Hmart.com, and Dramafever, and Rasa Malaysia. Get more information about the contest, the official rules, and a complete list of prizes!