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Winner of the 2018 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Cookbook Award for "Chefs & Restaurants" category
The highly anticipated narrative-rich cookbook by Chicago’s superstar chef, Paul Kahan, whose destination restaurant, The Publican, is known for its incredibly delicious pork- and seafood-centric, beer-friendly cooking.
The Publican, often named one of Chicago’s most popular restaurants, conjures a colonial American beer hall with its massive communal tables, high-backed chairs, deep beer list, and Kahan’s hallmark style of crave-worthy heartland cooking that transcends the expected and is eminently cookable. Cheers to The Publican is Paul Kahan’s and Executive Chef Cosmo Goss’s toast to the food they love to make and share, the characters who produce the ingredients that inspire them, and the other cooks they honor. Larded with rich story-telling and featuring more than 150 evocative photographs and 150 recipes for vegetables and salads, fish and seafood, meat, simple charcuterie, and breads and spreads, Cheers to The Publican is sure to be one of the most talked-about and cooked-from cookbooks of the year.
|Product dimensions:||8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
PAUL KAHAN is executive chef and partner of The Publican and One Off Hospitality Group and has become the nationally recognized face of the Chicago food landscape. His businessesBlackbird, Avec, The Publican (downtown and O'Hare locations), Publican Anker, Big Star, Publican Quality Meats, Nico Osteria, Dove's Luncheonette, and The Violet Hourare consistently top-rated in Chicago and nationally. In addition to leading food media, Kahan has been covered in USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Travel + Leisure, The Atlantic, and the New Yorker, among others. Food & Wine named Kahan a Best New Chef and the James Beard Foundation has recognized him as Best Chef Midwest.
COSMO GOSS trained at Gramercy Tavern and is The Publican's executive chef. In 2015, Goss was named to Forbes magazine's "30 Under 30" list.
Read an Excerpt
Mussels in Sour Beer
Just after we came up with the idea for The Publican, a few of the chefs started coming over to my house to play around with different dishes, trying them over and over again until we got it right. We probably went through fifty or sixty mussel preparations, riffing on the traditional white wine version but also experimenting with other spirits. The winner was a variation using Gueuze (sounds like gooze), a sour Belgian beer that’s a little cidery and a little musty and has just the right amount of acidity that we balance with a good amount of butter, garlic, thyme, and chile flakes.
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon sliced celery
1 tablespoon sliced garlic
1 tablespoon sliced shallot
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon thyme leaves
½ teaspoon chile flakes
2 pounds mussels
1 ⁄4 cup Gueuze beer
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped celery leaves or lovage
Baguette, for serving
In a medium pot—ideally something ceramic or cast-iron that can go right onto the table—heat 1 tablespoon of the butter over high heat. When the butter foams, add the celery, garlic, shallot, bay leaf, thyme, and chile flakes and sweat for 1 minute.
Add the mussels to the pot, flip all the ingredients together, pour in the Gueuze, cover the pot, and cook until the mussels are open, 3 to 5 minutes.
Pull off the lid, stir in the remaining butter, and finish the mussels with a pinch of salt, the lemon juice, and celery leaves.
Serve piping hot with hunks of baguette.
Table of Contents
Recipe Contents viii
The Publican Pantry 8
To the Mighty Vegetable 11
To Bivalves, Mollusks,
and Those Who Shell Before Us 83
To Noble Creatures Of The Sea
and the Much Maligned 123
To the Swine, Bovine,
and Particularly Fowl 161
To the Mad Butcher:
Charcuterie and Sausages 205
To What’s Left Behind:
Offal, Scraps, and Leftover Bits 239
To Yeast and Flour:
Bread and Everything on It 271
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
For me this was a fun cookbook to read and look at however there very few recipes that I would consider trying. The Publican is a very popular restaurant in Chicago. Many of these recipes are based on what is available to them and many of those ingredients are not available everywhere. However there philosophy to buy local and the best you can is rule everyone can follow. The recipes are written clearly and easy to understand and the accompanying photos are beautiful. There is also a lot of introduction and explanation for each recipe. I do think beer and wine suggestions would have been helpful. As a cookbook this book is for advanced and adventurous cooks. For foodies this is a fun book to read and look at. Enjoy