Chicago’s Berghoff Cookbook Giveaway

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Berghoff cookbook

In 1898, one could order a 5-cent beer and get a free corned beef sandwich with it.  That is, if you were a male.  The original old tavern enforced a no-women policy.  Of course all that changed, but the menu of classic German fare such as Sauerbraten, apple strudel, Black Forest cake, German potato salad, Weiner Schnitzel, and the famous creamed spinach remained the same for over 100 years.

Berghoff old tavern

Sadly, on February 28, 2006, the Berghoff Restaurant closed its doors after 107 years.  But not to worry.  You can make all the Berghoff classics with this cookbook.  The Berghoff as we knew it is gone, but still lives with its catering business and cafe, offering lighter and healthier fare with the next generation of Berghoff family members still running the business.

If you would like to enter the drawing (Continental USA only)  for this one-of-a-kind cookbook, leave a comment on this blog about your favorite German food or what you would like to learn to make, or maybe you even dined at the old Berghoff and you can tell us a story about it.  Enter now and you will be entered in the random drawing.  Entries close Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 11:59 pm.  Winner will be notified over the weekend and also posted on next week’s giveaway.  Good luck!  You will love this book, rich with recipes and history.  You can also read about Berghoff’s on their website.

Congratulations to Robin Kessler who won last week’s drawing of the Lidia Bastianich cookbook, Lidia’s Italy in America.

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16 Responses to Chicago’s Berghoff Cookbook Giveaway

  1. September 22, 2014 at 2:14 am #

    I am searching for the world’s best German Potato Salad recipe, but would not object to learning how they make their red cabbage!


  2. September 22, 2014 at 5:53 am #

    Oh my, so many delicious German dishes I am interested in creating, from Sauerbraten and Chicken Schnitzel to Kase Spatzle. Yum!

  3. September 22, 2014 at 10:08 am #

    I know nothing about German food, but I bet they make some darn good pastries or savory recipes that include beer (lol).

    On a side note…one of my all-time favorite cookbooks is one by Nordstroms

  4. September 22, 2014 at 1:41 pm #

    Looking for a good “goolosh” recipe 🙂

  5. September 22, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

    Gramma made wicked German potato salad & also red cabbage. Th wicked witch also made great red cabbage, but not sure i want that recipe… Gramma made a delicious Gorgonzola dressing: equal parts Gorgonzola, beer, sour cream… a cut or two better than blue cheese.

  6. September 22, 2014 at 5:05 pm #

    I really like German meats! I would love to find great recipes to pair with great German beer.

  7. September 22, 2014 at 6:16 pm #

    Debbie, I don’t know a lot about German cooking, but I would certainly like to learn. I would also like to share with my son. He likes German food, and is a real beer connoisseur. He would love the part about which beer to pair with which food. By the way, Go PCW! LOL

  8. September 23, 2014 at 6:44 am #


    I miss the Berghoff. I have eaten there many times and would love to learn how to make the creamed spinach. I remember once leaving my coat there and going off with someone else’s. They were nice about it and I had to exchange coats with the other lady. (Maybe too much wine). Would love to win!

  9. September 23, 2014 at 6:04 pm #

    I’m sure I’ve eaten there .. but right now my mind is blank as to where it was located? I lived/worked in Chicago for 4 – 6 years … but so long ago.
    I love any of the schnitzels … and also their ‘breakfast’ sweet rolls, etc.

  10. September 24, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

    I remember eating tiny roasted potatoes with some dill sourcream and eggs for breakfast that a German friend prepared. It was so delicious.
    But I always love having some real German Frankfurter and some German beer.

  11. September 24, 2014 at 3:40 pm #

    I enjoy old world recipes from Europe where my family is from. We love especially the comfort food that German cuisine often incorporates.

  12. September 25, 2014 at 10:56 am #

    Would love to own this cookbook from such a well known establishment. Thank you for the offer.

  13. September 25, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

    The one cookbook I am missing from my collection, sadly, is a German Cookbook. I’m a huge fan of German food. So why don’t I have a German cookbook………….??? Maybe I was waiting for this recommendation!

  14. September 26, 2014 at 9:25 am #

    My favorite German food is Sauerbraten, Black Forest cake, red cabbage, and Weiner Schnitzel. I’ll be going to Germany in 2015. Would like to be prepared to know all about the food I’ll be eating while traveling.

  15. November 17, 2017 at 4:43 pm #

    I remember having the Sauerbraten at Berghoff over 50 years ago, for the first time. My husband and I have been there many times over the years, but never change our menu selection. The meat was so tender as we enjoyed it today, we commented that it beat all of the other German restaurants we have been to. It also beats mine. That is why I would love to get the recipe.

    Our friends also enjoyed their dishes.

    Can’t wait for a chance to return.

    • November 18, 2017 at 9:57 am #

      How I wish I still had the cookbook to look up the recipes for you, but unfortunately it was destroyed in a flood this past summer and I lost almost all my cookbooks. I will be replacing it at some point and will keep you in mind to send the recipe. So many people loved the Berghoff.

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