Artisan Jang: Gochujang, Doenjang, Ganjang, and the Soul of Korean Cooking
Artisan Jang: Gochujang, Doenjang, Ganjang, and the Soul of Korean Cooking

Jang: Gochujang, Doenjang, Ganjang, and the Soul of Korean Cooking

By Mingoo Kang


Publication Date: March 12, 2024

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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 the culinary world’s best-hidden secrets.

About the Author

Mingoo Kang is one of the most important and respected chefs in Korea. Since he opened his Michelin-starred restaurant, Mingles, in 2014, he has been both a champion of traditional Korean cuisine and a restless innovator, continually pushing the cuisine forward. Mingles is one of the most-awarded and highly regarded restaurants in South Korea, the holder of a pair of Michelin stars and ranked #10 on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Since 2016, Mingles has been named the best restaurant in Korea. Chef Kang was also recently named winner of the Innedit Damm Chef’s Choice Award, determined by a jury of his peers. He lives in Seoul with his wife and children.

Format: Hardcover Paper over boards

Length: 216 pages

Publisher: Artisan

Publication Date: March 12, 2024

ISBN: 9781648291869

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