Best of Luck Beer Hall Clint McCann

Clint McCann is the executive chef for Best of Luck Beer Hall.

At any moment, there could be someone in New York, California, Florida or even Alaska craving Clint McCann’s rustic-style cooking. Before putting down roots at Best of Luck Beer Hall in Springfield, Missouri, McCann spread his culinary talents from coast to coast working as the executive chef at country clubs, a trendy Manhattan restaurant and an upscale ranch. Here, McCann shares the three cookbooks he reaches for when he needs inspiration in the kitchen.

The Art of Living According to Joe Beef: A Cookbook of Sorts

The Art of Living According to Joe Beef: A Cookbook of Sorts

by David McMillan, Frédéric Morin and Meredith Erickson (2011)

“This book is a lot of fun because it has really simple recipes, and there are even instructions on how to distill your own absinthe and how to make a smoker with a welder. The recipes are home cook-friendly and [the writers] have a very self-sufficient philosophy. They take French cooking and see how far they can bring it.”

Culinary Artistry

Culinary Artistry

by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page (1996)

“This book is loosely defined as a cookbook, and there are recipes in it, but what I really like about it is that it’s kind of a vision board. You can look up an ingredient, such as tomatoes, and it tells you when it is in season and what it goes well with. It helps you expand your flavor wheel.”

Baking with Julia

Baking with Julia

by Julia Child and Dorie Greenspan (1996)

“I’ve got cooks who aren't as old as this book – I think I bought it in 1996. It’s indispensable for baking and has answered a lot of questions for me throughout the years. It has a lot of great advice with really well-written recipes that are easy to use.”

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Tessa is a freelance writer and photographer in Springfield, Missouri. She enjoys the finer things in life like cappuccinos and free samples.

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