Eli's Cheesecake was created by restaurateur Eli Schulman, as the signature dessert for his legendary Chicago steakhouse, Eli's The Place For Steak, which was a pillar of the city’s culinary community.
Published to coincide with the bakery’s 40th anniversary, The Eli's Cheesecake Cookbook: Remarkable Recipes from a Chicago Legend, 40th Anniversary Edition, teaches readers how to make a perfect cheesecake just in time for the holidays. Also included are festive savory dishes from Eli’s The Place For Steak, one of Chicago’s most popular dining spots from 1966-2005.
In addition to over 100 recipes, the cookbook takes readers on a historical ride from 1940 to present, through the lens of Eli Schulman’s colorful career and rise to restaurateur and baker extraordinaire. From surviving the Depression by selling shoes out of the back of his car to 35 years later creating “Chicago Style” cheesecake in his restaurant’s kitchen, Schulman, with no formal culinary training, managed to create one of the country’s most loved desserts.
The cookbook includes 12 most requested recipes from his famous namesake steakhouse, as well as recipes for 21 cheesecake batters, 12 crusts and 15 chocolates, caramels, and compotes, allowing readers to mix and match as many as 3,177 different combinations to create their own signature desserts. There's also a new section devoted to Eli’s team members, sharing their favorite family recipes and food memories. Beautiful photography, archival snapshots and celebrity anecdotes complement the recipes.
The Eli's Cheesecake Cookbook ($30) is published by Agate Publishing, Inc. Customers can purchase a copy at Eli’s website with the code CURE21 to donate a portion of sales to CURE Epilepsy in November, or purchase wherever books are sold. A cookbook and cheesecake combination gift box is also available.