LOGAN SQUARE — Lula Cafe, the farm-to-table restaurant that put Logan Square on the map, is releasing its first cookbook this fall.
“The Lula Cafe Cookbook” ($49.95) features 90 full recipes, plus 30 “building block” pantry recipes divided by category — all curated by chef/owner Jason Hammel, according to a news release.
Lula Cafe opened in 1999. Nearly 25 years later, it continues to pick up accolades — and draw impossibly long lines for brunch — even as the neighborhood’s dining scene has flourished around it.
The story of Lula and its rotating seasonal menu is the focus of the cookbook.
Much of what Lula has to offer is highlighted in the book, from classic dishes that have been on the menu since 1999, like pasta yiayia and beet and strawberry bruschetta, to Hammel’s spice mixes and stocks.
Woven throughout are Hammel’s personal stories, memories and cooking tips — a complete illustration of Lula’s influence and culinary success, the release said.
Phaidon describes it as a “must-have for those who love Lula Cafe, the Chicago food scene, or anyone who seeks a fresh and innovative approach to seasonal cooking.”
The book is available for preorder and will ship after Oct. 11.
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