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Visitors to the Windy City almost inevitably flock for lunch or dinner to the Chicago Loop’s century-old Berghoff Café. Its warm, bustling, clubby atmosphere evokes nostalgia for bygone days of hearty eating and noisy drinking in the best German-American tradition. The Berghoff’s menu has expanded over the decades, and it now serves some more sophisticated dishes. But the heart of its fare continues to be its popular soups, salads, and sandwiches. Cooks who want to reproduce their Berghoff favorites will find complete instructions here for doing so, even to baking their own pretzels or rye bread, part of whose secret turns out to be dill seed instead of more common caraway. Reinventions of classic fare include mustard-slathered sausage baked inside a crust, and popcorn-topped beer-cheese soup. Changing times have brought new dishes to the Berghoff, even pizza, here given a German accent with a topping of bratwurst and kraut. --Mark Knoblauch
Carlyn Berghoff McClure, CEO of the Berghoff Catering & Restaurant Group, is the fourth generation to continue the Berghoff legacy of serving great food and entertaining guests. She is an author, a chef and restaurateur, a caterer, and a wife and mother. She is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and now operates out of Chicago's century-old Berghoff building, her base for off-premise catering. She also runs the restaurant, the bar, and the historic café, and she is the coauthor of The Berghoff Family Cookbook. She has been married for fifteen years to Jim McClure, and the couple has two daughters and a son.
Nancy Ross Ryan served as the writer for The Berghoff Family Cookbook. She is the founder of Fresh Food Writing in Chicago, Illinois, and specializes in food writing and recipe development.
Got this cookbook for my wife when she received the Berghoff Family Cookbook. The recipies, however tasty, are not traditional Berghoff restaurant style as they came from the cafe... Read morePublished 7 months ago by PeoriaBob
I have fantastic memories of the Berghoff family restaurants when I lived close to Chicago. This is another book with terrific recipes.Published 19 months ago by Robert J. Zakowski
I was fortunate enough over the years to have eaten at the Berghoff Restaurant in downtown Chicago. Wonderful food, European atmosphere.Published 24 months ago by Charlene
I have eaten at Berghoff dozens of time when in Chicago, my favorite place. I was disappointed at the choice of recipes they picked. Not my favorites.Published on February 22, 2013 by Kenyon Sprunger
This book is so much more than just a cookbook. Its interesting to read and the recipes are great fun to make. Read morePublished on February 16, 2013 by Lee Ann
Thank you Berghoff family for sharing a wonderful cookbook. The recipes are great and know it is filled with your family love for each and every one.Published on January 7, 2013 by Sandy Kring
This is a really nice cookbook with a variety of different recipes, I really love the homemade dressing recipes, especially the one for Thousand Island Dressing. Read morePublished on August 25, 2012 by j0urneygirl