The Lula Cafe Cookbook: Collected Recipes and Stories
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One of Chicago’s most exciting restaurants for more than two decades, Lula Cafe is also an integral part of its Logan Square neighborhood, an organically developed relationship that Chef Jason Hammel chronicles carefully here.
Hammel dates his recipes, allowing us to see how the cafe evolved, from a Caesar Salad enlivened with marinated celery and fennel pollen, served at opening in September, 1999 to cantaloupe with chimichurri from July, 2014. There’s a roast pork shoulder with prune and shio koji dated January, 2019, and a toasted bay leaf and chocolate crème brûlée from December 2021.
There’s a decidedly urban, cosmopolitan vibe to the way Hammel draws multicultural inspiration from sources all over Chicago and the world. Yet there’s nothing forced or overly ambitious on his plates.
Hardcover. Color photographs throughout.