The Soul of Korean Cooking (More than 60 Recipes Featuring Gochujang, Doenjang, and Ganjang)


By Mingoo Kang

With Joshua David Stein

With Nadia Cho

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In the first book on the subject in English, South Korea’s best chef shows readers how to cook with jangs—the sauces that are the essential building blocks of all Korean cuisine. In the 60 home-cook-friendly dishes, he demystifies jangs while showing how they can be used to make both Korean and Western dishes more delicious.

Like butter in French cooking or olive oil in Italian, jangs are the soul of Korean cuisine. These umami sauces are found in every meal, from soups and stews, to salads, marinades, and even desserts, adding depth and complexity to every dish. The foundation of the three main jangs—gochujang, doenjang, or ganjang—is simple. Soybeans, water, and salt are dried, aged, and fermented in earthenware pots, extracting flavor from their environment and slowly blossoming into intensely flavored jangs. Few understand these ingredients better than chef Mingoo Kang, who has dedicated his Seoul restaurant to the exploration of jangs. In his first cookbook, Kang expertly weaves jangs’ history and methods into 60 accessible recipes to bring the sauces to life. Dishes like Fish Dumplings and Gang-Doenjang Bibimbap showcase the sauces’ traditional Korean roots, while Western-inspired recipes like Doenjang Crème Brulee and Ssamjang Cacio e Pepe reinvent favorite meals. Through artisan profiles, sidebars, and step-by-step photographs, Jang uncovers one of the culinary world’s best-hidden secrets. 


  • “Mingoo Kang, a luminary of cooking, knows that to truly harness flavor, we must honor the past and let the art of fermentation shape our future.”
    René Redzepi
  • “It’s crazy to me that there hasn’t been a book like this before. Jangs, and not just gochujang, should be in every kitchen in America.”
    David Chang
  • “Jang introduces a Western audience to the wonders of gochujang, doenjang, and ganjang. These ‘mother sauces’ should be just as useful  in any cuisine’s dishes as they are in hansik. Mingoo Kang shows you how to expand your cooking by understanding jang.”
    Nobu Matsuhisa
  • “This book serves as a necessary guide to improving the understanding of traditional Korean food and applying it in a modern way. Jang will help readers forge deeper relationships with many people through Korean food.”
    Jeong Kwan
  • “Throughout the ages, Korean cuisine has employed fermentation techniques that we are rediscovering. Jang is an integral part of this food, with variations that define its DNA. Chef Mingoo Kang is a brilliant creator who shares with us his vision of a unique and inspiring cuisine.”
    Yannick Alléno

On Sale
Mar 12, 2024
Page Count
216 pages

Mingoo Kang

About the Author

Mingoo Kang is the chef and owner of Mingles, located in Seoul, which has been named one of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants and holds two Michelin stars. Kang’s approach at Mingles of presenting innovative hansik has earned him both domestic and international acclaim, and he frequently collaborates with chefs around the world. Most recently, in 2021, he was awarded the Inedit Damm Chefs’ Choice Award—the only accolade voted for by the other chefs on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list. In addition to Mingles, Chef Kang runs a retail market in Seoul called MamaLee Market; Hansik Goo, which offers creative Korean cuisine in Hong Kong; and the popular fried chicken brand Hyodo Chicken.

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Joshua David Stein

About the Author

Joshua David Stein is the editor at large at Fatherly, and the host of The Fatherly Podcast. He is also a coauthor of Notes from a Young Black ChefFood & Beer, the upcoming Nom Wah cookbook, and the Il Buco cookbook and the author of the children’s books Can I Eat That?What’s Cooking?Brick: Who Found Herself in ArchitectureCan You Eat?, and The Ball Book. The father of two sons, he lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Fatherly is the leading digital media brand for dads, with more than 7.5 million monthly readers and 800,000 newsletter subscribers. Its mission is to empower men to raise great kids and lead more fulfilling adult lives through expert parenting advice, original video series, podcasts, events, and more.

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