The New York Times has compared Maangchi to Julia Child, and for good reason. They both aim to teach a specific cuisine style (Child’s was French, Maangchi’s is Korean). They’re both beginner-friendly, with a gentle, forgiving approach peppered with many “don’t worrys” and reassuring offers of substitutions and alternatives. And they both have a bubbly, warm, humble onscreen presence that nearly downplays their serious skills and culinary knowledge. Maangchi is a delight to watch—you’ll feel empowered to try things that might be out of your comfort zone because of her.