Maangchi's cookbook announcement

Hello everybody!
I have an announcement: I’m writing a Korean cookbook to be published in 2015 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

First of all I want to thank everyone who ever bought or downloaded one of my first three self-published cookbooks. I really appreciate it. I made these books at the request of some of my readers, and I never expected they would be so popular. On many days my Kindle book is the #1 Asian cookbook on Amazon. Amazing! Thank you!

However, these books were self-published through Amazon, which means that I didn’t have a book publisher to print books. Amazon prints a book when someone orders it. I’m happy that many people enjoyed these books, but when I published the third one I realized some of the limitations self-publishing this way.

First: it’s very difficult to get the books into bookstores, especially outside of North America and Europe. I have many readers around the world who couldn’t get the books at all, even on Amazon.

Secondly, self-publishing means I had to do everything myself: layout, editing, legal, copyright, cover design, etc. It’s a lot of work.

Third: printing color books is expensive, and because Amazon is printing them one at a time, they are even more expensive, so the price for customers is higher than books printed by major publishers. And to keep the page number down and the price low, I had to leave out a lot of recipes and stories.

So I decided to work with a major publisher who could help me produce a better book at a cheaper price, to be sold around the world.

Since then I got the best literary agent in the world, Janis Donnaud, who helped me get write a good cookbook pitch for publishers. She also introduced me to top cookbook writer Lauren Chattman, who would help me with the writing. And now I’ve signed a contract with Houghton Mifflin to write a Korean cookbook. My editor there is the very talented Rux Martin, who recently edited Jacques Pepin’s new book. He’s one of my heroes!

My new book will have some of the most popular recipes from my website, but will be mostly new recipes that I haven’t posted yet.

I’m really thrilled that I got to meet these 3 interesting, intelligent, successful women, and I’m excited for the book we can produce together.

Stay tuned, everybody! This could only happen because of the huge support from my readers and viewers! Happy cooking! : )


  1. Keramira Arizona joined 4/14 & has 3 comments

    This is thrilling news Maangchi!! Congratulations! I am waiting on the edge of my seat for your book to come out, especially since I know that your meju recipe is indside ya! ya! ya!

  2. pudave Fontana CA joined 6/12 & has 4 comments

    Congrats! I cant wait to purchase it to add it to my collection of your cookbooks :) Priscilla

  3. Cutemom Indonesia joined 3/13 & has 82 comments

    Congratulation on your book deal and looking forward to purchasing it. Let us know when it will be available.


  4. MrsHam socal joined 9/13 & has 2 comments

    Congratulations!!!! Wow! I will definitely purchase your book when it comes out! I have many Korean cookbooks at home but none was as easy to follow as yours! Thank you for putting out recipes in English! I can’t wait.

  5. outofthegarden Massachusetts joined 2/12 & has 1 comment


    In 2011 I discovered H-Mart, and in my quest for authentic Korean recipes, happened upon your gaji namul recipe and never looked back. I’m no longer living near H-Mart but I still make kimchi, radish and beef soup, etc. I carried four bottles of Three Crabs fish sauce all the way to the heartland for just that purpose ;)

    Looking forward to the new recipes!

    Best wishes,
    Linda in Mich.

  6. oksipak California joined 1/11 & has 72 comments

    August 7, 2013: Congrats to Maangchi! I await your published Korean Cookbook! Chef Pepin is one of my favorite Chef’s and I have tried many of his recipes. Do let us know when your book is out for purchasing. :D

  7. littletoki joined 2/11 & has 5 comments

    oh maangchi that’s so exciting!! i already have several korean cookbooks but i cannot wait to buy yours. your recipes are by far the best and remind me of my umma’s cooking. congratulations! i hope it comes out soon!!

  8. Tracy Peoria, IL joined 7/13 & has 1 comment

    Congratulations! I have been cooking your recipes for about a year and love them. I am so grateful for your work and happy to hear that even more recipes are coming through a major publisher!

  9. dkobakofm oldenburg, indiana joined 2/11 & has 3 comments

    Hi Emily,
    I am thrilled that you are publishing!
    I will anticipate the publish date and will order several copies!
    Fr. Dave

  10. lilian73 Braziil joined 1/13 & has 5 comments

    Congratulations!! What a success story!! Maybe now I’ll be able to get it from Brazil :) Looking fwd to it!!

  11. Ivy UK joined 8/11 & has 8 comments

    Congratulations, Maangchi! :-)

  12. Kimchimiser Belton, Tx joined 8/13 & has 2 comments

    I have been watching your cooking show n you tube for a long time.
    I am Korean women living here since 1983. you only get better & bigger on this.
    Two thumbs up for you. and THANK YOU.
    by the way I have garden that supply some of your Korean vegis that viewers can’t find.
    I can supply a lot

  13. lovex3jennyy New York joined 6/12 & has 8 comments


    Mangchi when will you have another nyc meet up!?

  14. jaylivg Houston joined 7/10 & has 107 comments

    Congratulations Emily !! So happy for you , i can’t wait to get my hands on your new cookbook !!!

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