Watch Hans’s cooking demonstration in the famous Google Test Kitchen here!
GERMAN COOKING…CALIFORNIA STYLE
Drawing on Hans Röckenwagner’s 30+ years of cooking and baking in Los Angeles, Germany, and Switzerland, this modern German-Californian cookbook features sections on bread-making (yes, pretzel bread!), holiday treats, and bar snacks, along with the most popular recipes from his several LA restaurants, including 3 Square Cafe on famed Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Cafe Röckenwagner in Brentwood.
From fresh, light salads inspired by the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market, where Hans shops weekly, to such hearty German classics as spätzle and schnitzel, to the breads and baked goods for which he is renowned, Das Cookbook shares all of Hans’s best recipes, all created, tested, and perfected for the home cook.
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“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 & 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.”
—LA Weekly Squid Ink
“Every stage of that eclectic career is reflected in his new “Das Cookbook,” 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 Röckenwagner’s career you prefer.”
—Russ Parsons, Los Angeles Times Daily Dish
Los Angeles Magazine loves Das Cookbook!
“[It] showcases the misunderstood cuisine of his homeland [with] California-inspired riffs on Deutsch recipes like herbed gravlax and spring spätzle with herbs and peas.”
“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. It’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. It’s a must-have in every contemporary kitchen.”
— Jamie Lee Curtis, actress and author
“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.”
— Josiah Citrin, chef/owner of Mélisse and author of In Pursuit of Excellence
“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 Korea’s spicy flank steak, and the first rhubarb, straight from a local farm, gives new and rosy brightness to streuselküchen, 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.”
— Mimi Sheraton, former New York Times food critic and author of The German Cookbook
“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 Röckenwagner?”
— Food Republic
“The Sourdough Roggen Brot is one of the recipes I tested from Hans’ new book, Das Cookbook – German Cooking… California Style…The bread is excellent…Hans’ twist on the classic German Christmas Stollen is the addition of dates, which add sweetness. Since otherwise the dough contains only a small amount of sugar, the final result is well balanced.”
—Nadia Hassani, Spoonfuls of Germany
Longtime Los Angeles chef/restaurateur Hans Röckenwagner’s background spans thirty years of cooking in kitchens in Germany, Switzerland, Chicago, and Los Angeles. In the 1980s, he won international fame for his fine-dining restaurant in Santa Monica, Röckenwagner; 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 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, the co-author of the 2015 St. Martin’s book, Tomatomania! and the co-author of the upcoming cookbook by chef Ricardo Zarate.
Wolfgang Gussmack has been Hans’s chef de cuisine since 2012. A native of Graz, Austria, Wolfgang started his culinary career cooking spätzle 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 coming to Los Angeles.
Staci Valentine is a Los Angeles–based photographer whose food work includes the book The Perfect Peach.