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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

About the Author

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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; First Edition (US) First Printing edition (August 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740785141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740785146
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.7 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #878,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carlyn Berghoff, CEO, Berghoff Catering & Restaurant Group, is a multi-faceted businesswoman committed to her work, to her family and to her role in the community.

Author: Carlyn Berghoff wrote a best-selling cookbook, The Berghoff Family Cookbook (Andrews McMeel, 2007) and published her second, The Berghoff Café Cookbook: Berghoff Recipes for Simple, Satisfying Food, in September 2009. Her third cookbook came out April 2013 -Cooking for Your Gluten-Free Teen: Everyday Foods the Whole Family Will Love as told from Carlyn and her teenage daughter, Sarah's perspective.

A chef, caterer and restaurateur: Carlyn is a chef who graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, one of six females in the class of 1982 and president of the Student Body. She received her bachelor's degree in hospitality management from Florida International University in 1983. In 1986 she opened Artistic Events, a premier off-premise catering company that she has operated ever since. In 2006, after her parents closed the Berghoff restaurant, she purchased the assets, moved her catering company to the historic Berghoff building, and now operates the bar, dining room and café there. In 2008, Carlyn renamed her company the Berghoff Catering & Restaurant Group.

Wife and mother: Carlyn is married to Jim McClure; their family consists of two daughters and a son. Despite her demanding schedule, Carlyn cooks with her children on weekends and most weeknights.

At ease with the public: A 25-year catering veteran, her company has staged events for heads of state, celebrities, and Fortune 500 companies. Carlyn is a seasoned "meeter and greeter."

Committed industry advocate and civic leader: Raised and educated in the restaurant business, Carlyn is deeply committed to her industry and has played a lifelong role in hospitality and Chicago tourism. Carlyn understands the economic impact her field has on the city's long-term viability and is an active member of several industry and civic organizations including: the National Restaurant Association, Culinary Institute of America, Washburne Culinary Institute, DePaul University College of Commerce Advisory Board as well as University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center Advisory Board. Carlyn also serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for Choose Chicago.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christopher B on November 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
One of the first restaurants I went to once I settled here in Chicago was the historic Berghoff Restaurant. I had heard not only about their history(dating back to the late 1800s) but glowing reviews of their creamed spinach and own brand of root beer and beer.

I had purchased the first cookbook - The Berghoff Family Cookbook - which has fast become a go-to resource in my household and was elated to see that Carlyn Berghoff had released a second cookbook earlier this year. This one, the Berghoff Cafe Cookbook, is true to its title in that it offers "simple, satisfying food". Every recipe in this book reminds me of growing up and gets to the heart and soul of what makes a great meal. Chock full of easy-to-follow recipes for home cook, this book excels in that it offers tips on how to reuse and recycle ingredients into full meals that not only look delicious but are.

What's old is new again thanks to Carlyn Berghoff's tangible approach and tips for cooking at home.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charles G. Thompson on October 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Family food history. A slice of Americana. Useful cooking tips. The Berghoff Café Cookbook has it all -- and more. Chef, owner, and author Carlyn Berghoff had me at 'Deviled Eggs with Three Fillings' (page 3). The three fillings: Caper Deviled Eggs, Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs, and Horseradish Deviled Eggs. These are deviled eggs redux.

This cookbook is full of recipes for things we all know well; food we have eaten with our families as children and as adults. Dishes that bring comfort and are 'simple and satisfying' like the cover promises. Ms. Berghoff starts off telling the reader how her great-grandfather came over from Germany in the late 1800s eventually opening the Berghoff Café in Chicago in 1898; and how it ended up in her hands several decades later. As she wends her way through the family history she throws in interesting historical tid bits about food, eating and dining from the early days. Like the story of a 'shot and a wash,' a riff on a boilermaker. A stein of favorite Berghoff beer with a shot of their seven-year old Berghoff bourbon thrown in. It started in previous centuries when water was impure giving whiskey a bad taste. The solution? Drop a shot glass of whiskey into a mug of beer; when drinking it the drinker caught the shot glass with their teeth, the beer masking the taste of the whiskey. The drink is still on the menu albeit updated.

When I first picked up the book I was a little unsure; I guess I am more of a food snob than I want to admit. The design, and the food and recipes inside are more traditional, more down home than where my tastes usually run in cookbooks. I've recently seen too many flashy books by well-known chefs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G.I Gurdjieff TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The demise of the original Berghoff Restaurant on Adams in downtown Chicago was a blow to families who had frequented it for generations. I remember standing for two hours on crutches after knee surgery to get into the Berghoff for my 'last supper' about a week before it closed after nearly a century in continuous operation. That said, the bright spot on the horizon was when Caryn Berghoff opened a smaller operation on the same site. While the core menu items are still on the menu, the emphasis seems to be on delicious yet modern presentations. This collection of recipes focuses primarily on the Berghoff Cafe format. The recipes are fairly easy, tasty, and satisfying to a modern palate. I particularly like that I can enjoy the Berghoff w/o having to take a train and fight the crowds. I incorporated a couple of the recipes into my Thanksgiving dinner and will def. be adding more to the repertoire for Christmas. The resounding success of the dishes served at Thanksgiving has prompted me to buy 3 additional cookbooks as Christmas gifts. This cookbook makes a wonderful companion to the Berghoff Family Cookbook.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Sonia M. Roselli on January 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am a busy storefront owner with a growing business. This book is a staple in my house because it has easy to follow dishes that I can make when I am exhausted. I also love this book because since I am stressed out so much of the time, this book offers a lot of "comfort food" receipes. :)

I was raised with Sunday dinners. It is an important part of my upbringing. However we live in an age where we are always so busy and reach for convenience foods. What I love most about this book (and her other one as well) is there are dishes in there that are fast and easy and there are dishes in there that I can leisurely do on a Sunday afternoon. I guess you could say I love this cookbook for the simple reason is I love to cook but I also hate to cook. This cookbook caters to my "busy" side of cooking and my "leisure" side of cooking. It's a must have in your collection. I reach for this book more than my other fancy cook books I have received over the years. This is the only one that doesn't have dust on it. :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard J. Daniels on January 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
For more than 100 years there has beena Berghoff Restaurant in Chicago. With this latest addiiton to the pantheon of great eating, we are allowed to further discover great meals that can be easily prepared while not sacrificing the qaulity of the presentation on a budget that's perefect for these economic times. The legions of Berghoff family members who have come before author Carlyn Berghoff would be proud to have this latest offering wear the Berghoff family name. It's fun and engaging and filled with great recipes from one of Chicago's legendary families. More so, it's a great follow-up to the Berghoff Family Cookbook that came out just more than a year ago. For me this has been a great gift for family and friends especiually for those peoiple who want to enjoy a great sampling of Chicago cuisine as created by the masters of our cluture. Carlyn Berghoff should be congratulated for keeping the legacy alive and taking it to the newxt level. A book like this makes food preparation fun, interesting and tasty!
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