Kowbird: Amazing Chicken Recipes from Chef Matt Horn’s Restaurant and Home Kitchen

Harvard Common. May 2024. 176p. ISBN 9780760387412. $25. COOKING
Self-taught chef, pitmaster, and restaurateur Horn (Horn Barbecue) presents his second cookbook, a companion to his Oakland, CA, restaurant of the same name. Horn acquaints readers with all things chicken: breeds, their uses, versatility, and importance in Southern cooking with an informative ode as an introduction. Next, he explores a variety of regional chicken dishes with Southern origins from Nashville hot to étouffée. Home chefs won’t get bored with the variety of techniques on offer, which go way beyond deep-fried. Sides, desserts, and gravies are covered in the following chapters, so home chefs can accomplish a proper spread. Delectable food photography is accompanied by a simple, clean layout with plenty of white space that makes reading recipes in an active kitchen a breeze. Fans of Horn will enjoy his continued dedication to his craft, which is found in his engaging narrative and the recipes that deliver all the Southern comfort.
VERDICT Horn raises the humble chicken to its rightful place in the history of Southern cooking and at dinner tables with this collection of diverse and delicious recipes.
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