The Star Tribune describes Madison as “a network of independent, chef-driven kitchens that drive an eclectic smorgasbord,” and we couldn’t agree more. Let’s check out some 608-centric cookbooks that are perfect for Madison foodies and home chefs alike.
“The United States of Cocktails” | Brian Bartels
If you’re a fan of King Street’s Settle Down Tavern, this one’s for you. Bar owner and cocktail connoisseur Brian Bartels creates this cocktail collection that pairs regional recipes from across the US with a bit of backstory on each state’s contribution to the cocktail scene.
“Manna Café and Bakery” | Barb Pratzel
Presented by the author as “a memoir of two businesses, a community, and the food that connected them”, this book outlines the trials and tribulations of being a small business owner in Madison while also offering a collection of recipes geared towards a wide variety of skill levels.
“Madison Chefs” | Lindsay Christians
Take a journey through the Madison food scene with Cap Times food editor Lindsay Christians.
“The Osteria Papavero Cookbook” | Francesco Mangano, Lindsay Christians
This cookbook is a curation of recipes by James Beard nominee and head chef of Osteria Papvero, Francesco Mangano. Each recipe is modified and tried by home cooks — from traditional Italian dishes to Papavero’s famous butterscotch pudding.
“Grounded” | Lauren Montelbano
This cookbook is written by a Madison native who has spent years running kitchens in the 608. These plant-based recipes align with her ideology that food is meant to nourish your mind and body.
“Wisconsin Supper Club Cookbook” | Mary Bergin
Peruse over 60 recipes from 40 different supper clubs across the state. Madison supper clubs from the past and present are featured including Toby’s, Kavanaugh’s Esquire Club, Smoky’s, and The Avenue Bar.
“The New Cocktail Hour” | André and Tenaya Darlington
Once the owner of Field Table on the Capitol Square, André Darlington and his sister Tenaya created this cocktail book that offers food pairing suggestions for each drink. To better recount the history of cocktails in America, the recipes are is listed chronologically.