About Corinne Trang
Born in France’s Loire Valley of a French mother and a Cambodian-Chinese father, Corinne Trang was raised in Phnom Penh, Paris, and New York.
Bolstered by her multi-ethnic background, Trang’s deepest commitment is to exploring the relationship between culture and food, and she has traveled extensively and studied culture and cuisine throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
In addition to writing and teaching, Trang is a food and beverage consultant, spokesperson, and brand and commodities consultant who has styled, photographed, and produced food and travel stories for lifestyle publications and books. She is also the founder of a wellness program incorporating mindful food practices, holistic nutrition, yoga and meditation.
Books & Publications
A New York-based award-winning author, Corinne Trang has written for such distinguished publications as Food & Wine, Health, Cooking Light, and Saveur, where she held the positions of test kitchen director and producing editor from 1996 to 1998.
Her first cookbook, Authentic Vietnamese Cooking (Simon & Schuster, 1999) won “Best Asian Cuisine Book in the World” and “Best Book on Asian Cuisine in English” at France’s Salon International du Livre Gourmand (The 2000 World Cookbook Fair). It was also awarded Best of the Best of 1999 by Food & Wine magazine.
Her subsequent cookbooks include Essentials of Asian Cuisine (Simon & Schuster, Feb. 2003), The Asian Grill (Chronicle Books, 2006), A Food Lover’s Companion: Vietnamese (Mark & Spencer, 2007), and Noodles Every Day (Chronicle Books, 2009), books that won praise from the press including starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly and Cook’s Illustrated. In 2013, she won a Nautilus Book Award for her most recent book, “Asian Flavors Diabetes Cookbook,” which she wrote for the American Diabetes Association (ADA). “Switch-It-Up: 50 Recipes for Perfectly Portioned Meals for Prediabetes, Diabetes, and Heart Health” (ADA) is due out in Fall 2016.
In addition to writing her own cookbooks, Trang has contributed to many others including Curry Cuisine (Dorling Kindersley, 2007), Saveur Cooks Authentic American (Chronicle Books, 1998), Saveur Cooks Authentic French (Chronicle Books, 1999), and The Encyclopedia of Food & Culture (Scribners & Sons, 2003).
Currently the chief east coast correspondent for America’s Dining and Travel Guide (Business Talk Radio), Corinne Trang has also appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including KSRO’s “Good Food Hour,” KCRW-NPR’s “Good Food,” Bloomberg’s “Executive Dining,” Business Talk’s “America’s Dining & Travel Guide,” WOR “Food Talk with Arthur Schwartz,” NBC’s “B. Smith with Style,” Lifetime’s “New Attitudes,” KRON’s “Bay Café,” News 12 Long Island’s “Morning Show” and “Weekend Show,” Discovery Channel’s “Home Matters,” CBS’s “Martha Stewart Living,” Fox 5 News’s “Good Day Atlanta,” and TV Food Network’s “Cooking Live” and “Sara’s Secrets” with Sara Moulton, and PBS’s “Simply Ming” with Ming Tsai.
Teaching & Lectures
Trang has served as an adjunct associate professor in the Hospitality Management Department at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She has made appearances as a guest critic and lecturer at the Casa Malaparte Foundation in Florence and Capri, Italy; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, MA; California College of Arts & Crafts in San Francisco, CA; University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA; Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI; University of Applied Sciences in Cologne, Germany; New York University in New York, NY; and the Center for Health and The Global Environment at Harvard Medical School.
She has also taught food writing at New York University and University of Texas at Austin, and culinary workshops at Syracuse University.
In 2007, Corinne served on the Board of Directors of Cook for Your Life, a non-profit dedicated to teaching cancer survivors proper nutrition through fun hands-on cooking programs. That same year, she acted as interim director of the Sylvia Center, overseeing the development of nutrition curriculum while working with chef volunteers in implementing a farm-to-table after-school program for kids of all ages, from kindergarten to high-school.
In 2010, she worked with celebrity chef Michel Nischan, founder of Wholesome Wave, helping to promote their mission and raise funds through promotional videos.
In 2014, Corinne created, developed and taught a holistic nutrition program at the Frederick Douglass Academy in Harlem, through the Sonima Foundation, whose mission is to promote health and wellness in all schools across the United States.
She has been a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier since 2005, serving on the board of directors for 2 years and co-chairing a “green table” initiative, promoting healthy eating.
Chef, Catering, F&B Consulting, and Culinary Courses
Corinne has cooked in various restaurants as a guest chef. She has catered a variety of private and corporate events from weddings to Oscar night for Phil Donahue, and a Berlin Film Festival party. She has been executive chef of a French bistro in Brooklyn and cooked professionally at the Casa Malaparte Foundation in Capri, Italy. She has had a variety of cooking jobs, including teaching food styling and photography, recipe development, and food writing at various schools including the Institute of Culinary Education, Drexel University, New York University, Syracuse University, and many more.
Spokesperson and Consultant
Corinne has served as spokesperson to national brands and commodities including: La Choy, Ka-Me, Thai Kitchen, Simply Asia, and the National Chicken Council, the U.S. Poultry and Egg Board, and the National Pork Board.
A wellness coach, AADP-certified as a holistic health counselor and Ayurveda nutritionist, Corinne focuses on eastern food philosophies and practices as a healing art. Certified as a yoga instructor, she has been practicing for 20 years and continues to study with wonderful teachers. Since 2010, she has had a daily, dedicated Ashtanga, chanting, and meditation practice. Today, Corinne incorporates these practices to help clients create and maintain a healthy lifestyle.