One Simple Change News + A Recipe for Kimchi

Holy cow you guys. People are reading my book and I still can’t believe it. I don’t know what I expected, but I certainly did not expect the first printing of the book to sell out so fast. It was a small print run, but still…not what I expected. Just five days after the release, there were no more copies left on None. Again…I can’t believe it.

(My publisher is printing more books and they will be back in stock at soon. In the meantime, you can buy the kindle version…you may use the kindle app to read it on your ipad, computer or phone if you don’t have a kindle. You may also order it online from Barnes and Noble or search by your zip code for local bookshops that carry One Simple Change on Indiebound.)

So many people talked up the book the first week it was out and I am so grateful. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has posted on Facebook, Instagram, twitter, etc…you’re all so awesome! I also want to give a special shout out to the following folks:

MindBodyGreen: for featuring the book in their 7 Best Books of 2013 list.

Alta from Tasty Eats at Home: for writing a lovely review and doing a giveaway.

Cathy aka Mrs. Wheelbarrow for posting an incredible review.

Gail from A Healthy Hunger for for writing lovely things.

Jenny from Nourished Kitchen for bowling me over with this fantastic feature.

Melissa of Soul on a Platter for mentioning the book in this heartfelt post.

Kelly of A Girl Worth Saving for her terrific review.

Beth from Tasty Yummies for putting the book in her beautiful holiday gift guide.

Gina from Running to the Kitchen for including the book in her wonderful gift guide.

Ella for generously adding my book to her lovely list of gifty books.

Laura from Glutton For Life for including the book in her amazing gift guide.

You all rock for helping me to spread the word about One Simple Change. Thank you SO much!

And now for the Kimchi recipe :)


I devoted a whole chapter in my book to the health benefits of cultured foods: I love and eat all sorts of cultured foods and kimchi is one of my favorites. This recipe is adapted from Mastering Fermentation: Recipes for Making and Cooking with Fermented Foods. I also have a couple more kimchi recipes on my blog (here’s one).

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Recipe for Kimchi

This kimchi is pretty spicy! I love serving it atop Asian-style soups and other dishes. I also like it with eggs.
Servings: 1 quart


  • *about 2 1/2 pounds Napa cabbage 1 small-medium head, outer leaves trimmed off, interior leaves chopped (compost the core or save it to make vegetable stock)
  • *2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • *4 green onions
  • *2 small organic carrots
  • *1-inch piece fresh ginger peeled
  • *4 cloves garlic
  • *4 teaspoons chili-garlic paste/sauce homemade or store-bought
  • *1 teaspoon all-natural Asian fish sauce


  • 1. Place chopped cabbage leaves in a large bowl and sprinkle with all of the salt. Mix well and allow salted cabbage to sit for 1-3 hours (longer is better), until the cabbage is quite wilted down.
  • 2. Place wilted cabbage in a colander and rinse very well to remove excess salt; transfer cabbage back to large bowl.
  • 3. Grate or chop the carrots and ginger. Chop the green onions and thinly slice the garlic. Add to the cabbage, along with the chile-garlic sauce and the fish sauce.
  • 4. Transfer the kimchi to a very clean 1-quart glass jar. Push down on the kimchi to release more moisture (I use the back of a wooden spoon). Pack tightly, leaving about 2 inches of room at the top of the jar.
  • 5. If there is not enough liquid in the jar to come up over the kimchi, add enough basic brine (6 tablespoons fine sea salt mixed with 8 cups water: use a whisk to dissolve the salt in the water and store any extra in a covered jar in the refrigerator) so that the kimchi is submerged. (Mastering Fermentation recommends placing a weight on top of the cabbage to keep the cabbage submerged but I didn't.) Cover and allow your kimchi to ferment at room temperature for 4-7 days (or longer, if you want it to be more pungent) before transferring it to the refrigerator where it should keep for about 6 months.

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9 thoughts on “One Simple Change News + A Recipe for Kimchi”

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  2. I love your book. So much that I sent another one as a Kindle gift before I even got past the first four chapters. A lot of the content focuses on things I have read and already do but it is a great reminder to stick with the healthy recommendations. Thank you for publishing this great book. I hope my friend to whom I gave the book will read it soon since she has been diagnosed with a recurrence of breast cancer. The only challenge is that she is reluctant to consider good, healthy food and reducing processed food and sodas in her diet. Her issue lies in that her husband prepares their family meals and he is a non-believer. I know from personal experience (of a family member) that changing your diet can change a cancer diagnosis. Keep up the good work with your blog and one day my friend may read and understand.

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  4. I must try making kimchi one of these days. I just ordered your book and can’t wait to read it. Congrats on the success! You deserve it!

  5. I am so pleased that people are loving your book. I am just over the moon for you. But in all honesty it’s the concept of your book and the content that truly rocks which is why it’s doing so well. People want to change through a manageable system that isn’t overwhelming that allows them to go at their own pace. As for the kimchi…my favorite cultured food by far! Wonderful recipe Winnie.

  6. I’ve downloaded the book to my kindle and I’m so looking forward to reading it over Christmas – I’ve been saving it for a time when I can properly enjoy it. Congratulations on all your well-deserved success!