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Well, one recipe wasn't quite the same...
on December 31, 2007
The book rates 3 stars because it's a decent, but not spectacular, cookbook. If you're a fan of the restaurant, you'll buy it anyway; in addition to 20 pages of history, there are old photos and restaurant anecdotes sprinkled throughout. But if you're one of those people who won't shop at Marshall Field's anymore, then maybe you'll prefer NOT to enrich the 4th-generation author, who closed the restaurant! (Chances are, you only really want one or two of the recipes, right? So go to the library.) Of 140 recipes, 79 are from the restaurant; the remainder are from Jan's personal collection and Carlyn's catering menu. (And it's stretching a bit to call a Root Beer Float a recipe.) Speaking of the restaurant recipes, rahm schnitzel & creamed spinach both turned out exactly as expected. But I think the red cabbage is off: If you follow it (shred 1 head cabbage, cook low uncovered 1hr with 1.5cup sugar, 1.5cup vinegar, 1stick butter) you get an EXTREMELY sweet side dish -- after an hour, you have candied cabbage! Fun, but not what The Berghoff actually served. (Maybe... Covered? Two heads? Water? Anybody know if there is an errata sheet published?)