A Korean Mother's Cooking Notes has been one of the representative Korean cookbooks, and has continually been enjoyed by all the generations of Koreans since its original Korean publication in 1993. The English edition introduces well-being Korean recipes with step-by-step instructions along with full-color pictures.
Chang, Sun-young always explains her recipes step by step as if she is besides you, and gives the specific measures of the ingredients in cups and spoons all the time so that no matter who makes the dish, it will result in the same taste as the dish that she herself makes. Even novice cooks can prepare authentic Korean food, which has five thousand years of tradition, and have it taste "just like mom used to make."
She is not originally trained as a professional chef; rather, she is a housewife who loves her family very much. This book originated as a collection of notes and recipes to help her two daughters-in-law who lived away from her. She shares her years of experience and wisdom, ranging from how to clean the ingredients to how to preserve the foods to how to efficiently prepare the foods.
A Korean Mother's Cooking Notes provides invaluable guidance to Korean home cooking and includes the secrets and wisdom from 40 years of experience of a devoted Korean housewife. Even in the US, this book is consistently requested among the 2nd and 3rd generation Korean Americans. We hope that this book will be a guide to the Korean culinary arts for those who are genuinely interested in Korean culture and cooking.
Chang, Sun-young graduated from Ewha Womans University and worked at her alma mater for 10 years until her family moved to the United States. She and her husband subsequently lived in Indonesia and the Philippines before returning to Korea.
During her prolonged residence abroad away from her sons for their study, cooking became her favorite pastime. When she came back to Korea, she took professional lessons from the late Kang, In-hee, a master of Korean authentic cooking.
Chang wrote recipes of family favorites for her two daughters-in-law and amassed enough to produce a cook book.『A Korean Mother's Cooking Notes』 appeared in bookstores and became a runaway best seller. Its English translation also becomes steady seller. She had her own cooking show on cable TV, wrote a weekly column for a leading daily newspaper and published another cookbook Love Comes From the Dinner Table.
She currently lives in Fremont, California where she continues to share and expose the Korean culinary arts and culture. She continues to give cooking lessons and writes a weekly cooking column for the San Francisco edition of the JoongAang Daily newspaper.