Synopses & Reviews
This modern German-Californian cookbook from longtime Los Angeles chef and restaurateur Hans Rand#246;ckenwagner features sections on bread-making (yes, pretzel bread!), holiday treats, and bar snacks, along with the most popular recipes from his several Los Angeles restaurants, including 3 Square Cafe on famed Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Cafe Rand#246;ckenwagner in Brentwood.
Hans Rand#246;ckenwagner's background spans thirty years of cooking in Germany, Switzerland, Chicago, and Los Angeles. In the 1980s, he won international fame for his fine-dining restaurant in Santa Monica, Rand#246;ckenwagner; today, he owns several LA-area bakery/cafes and a large wholesale bakery. Hans is known for his individuality, innovative dishes, and his craftsmanship in designing and building his restaurants (he is also a master woodworker). This is his second cookbook.
Jenn Garbee is a food reporter and editor who has written for the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Cooking Light, Saveur, and more. An expert recipe tester and developer, Jenn has a culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu and has worked in professional kitchens across Los Angeles. She is also the author of Secret Suppers and the co-author of the 2015 St. Martin's Press book, Tomatomania!
Wolfgang Gussmack has been Hans's chef de cuisine since 2012. A native of Graz, Austria, Wolfgang started his culinary career cooking spand#228;tzle for his family's restaurant and gasthaus. This experience earned him a spot in Austria's only two-star Michelin restaurant and subsequently led him to renowned kitchens in Italy and France before he came to Los Angeles.
Photographer Staci Valentine is based in Los Angeles; her other cookbooks include The Perfect Peach.
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"This fall release makes a terrific gift for Angelenos who have eaten at Rockenwagner, Cafe Rockenwagner, and 3 Square Cafe, and are looking for a little insight into the chef's unique fusion cuisine. Recipes range from those unforgettable pretzels that also make for great buns to spring with spatzle with herbs and peas. The instructions for the actual spatzle (a German dumpling-like noodle) make the dish sound doable, even if your gifted is not a whiz in the kitchen."
and#151;LA Weekly Squid Ink
and#147;Every stage of that eclectic career is reflected in his new and#147;Das Cookbook,and#8221; written with Jenn Garbee and Wolfgang Gussmack and published by local Prospect Park Books. There is, as they say, something for everyone, no matter which stage of Rand#246;ckenwagnerand#8217;s career you prefer.and#8221;
and#151;Russ Parsons, Los Angeles Times Daily Dish
and#147;[It] showcases the misunderstood cuisine of his homeland [with] California-inspired riffs on Deutsch recipes like herbed gravlax and spring spand#228;tzle with herbs and peas.and#8221;
and#151; Los Angeles Magazine
and#147;Das Cookbook finally gives me what I (and I think I speak for all of you) really WANT in a cookbook: bread, pastries, muesli, grilled cheese, strudel, pretzels, potatoes, and, yes, okay, salads. Itand#8217;s a treasure trove of ingredients and flavors combined with simple, eye-popping, tastebud-teasing recipes. Hans was classically trained and humanely raised in Germany, and he has brought it all here to California and reformulated it for an American-foodie audience. Das Cookbook is a modern, cool, hip take on old-school techniques and secrets. Itand#8217;s a must-have in every contemporary kitchen.and#8221;
and#151; Jamie Lee Curtis, actress and author
and#147;Growing up as a chef in Los Angeles, Hans has always been an inspiration to me. Das Cookbook is just another expression of his creativity and culinary genius.and#8221;
and#151; Josiah Citrin, chef/owner of Mand#233;lisse and author of In Pursuit of Excellence
and#147;At a time when successful chefs take themslves much too seriously, Hans Rockwagner has created this delectably insightful work and playfully called it Das Cookbook. Yet it is a serious and original blending of California and German cooking, two seemingly antithetical traditions made colorfully harmonious by a chef who is well grounded in both. Thus, the soft appeal of German potato salad provides just the right contrast to Koreaand#8217;s spicy flank steak, and the first rhubarb, straight from a local farm, gives new and rosy brightness to streuselkand#252;chen, the much-loved crumb cake. And he shares many more recipes that modify the solidity of German food with a bright, contemporary California touch, all exquisitely illustrated and meticulously explained.and#8221;
and#151; Mimi Sheraton, former New York Times food critic and author of The German Cookbook
and#147;We concluded that German cuisine is awesome. And what better way to enjoy its classic dishes than by cooking them at home as instructe by longtime Los Angeles chef Hans Rand#246;ckenwagner?and#8221;
and#151; Food Republic
A collection of Rockenwagner's inventive German cooking with a California flair, featuring recipes from his popular California restaurants and bakeries.