Chicken and Charcoal

This week, The James Beard Foundation announced the cookbook and media finalists and today's book, Chicken and Charcoal: Yakitori, Yardbird, Hong Kong by Matt Abergel was named in the restaurant and professional category. 

Known for their hard hitting international cuisine and restaurant titles, Phaidon publishes books that are inspiring and beautiful yet sometimes more complicated than the everyday cook can handle. While Chicken and Charcoal may seem complex due to its brilliant design and modern photography, it is deceivingly approachable. 

Yakitori is one of the simplest, healthiest ways to cook chicken. At Yardbird in Hong Kong, Canadian chef Matt Abergel has taken yakitori to global fame. In this first comprehensive book devoted to yakitori, Abergel reveals the magic behind the restaurant's signature recipes, together with detailed explanations of how they source, butcher, skewer, and cook the birds with no need for special equipment.

Our  takes you inside this title and features the following 


Do not be afraid to light up the grill and tackle these recipes. In addition to various recipes for all parts of the humble bird, this title shares vegetable, rice and other dishes perfect to serve alone or beside some yakitori.  Special thanks to Phaidon for sharing the materials for our EYBD Preview as well as offering two copies of this revolutionary title in our giveaway below. 

Please remember Eat Your Book members receive 30% off Phaidon titles when using the link provided.

Congratulations to the publisher and author on the James Beard nomination and good luck to all the nominees. 

The publisher is offering  two copies of this book to EYB Members in the US, UK, CA and AU. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post and this forum post. Once you log in and enter your member name you will be directed to the next entry option - the blog comment. After that, there are additional options that you can complete for more entries.

Be sure to check your spam filters to receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on May 18th, 2019.


Please note that if you are reading this far you can thank me now for not writing "what came first the chicken or the charcoal?" You are welcome. I'll be here all night tip your waitstaff. 


  • Kristjudy  on  3/30/2019 at 8:59 PM

    Grilling breast

  • ravensfan  on  3/30/2019 at 9:26 PM

    Skewering: duck meatball (Kamo dango)

  • eileen2015  on  3/30/2019 at 9:45 PM

    Grilling breast

  • DarcyVaughn  on  3/30/2019 at 10:14 PM

    Brussels sprouts with black garlic sauce and garlic chips

  • jmay42066  on  3/30/2019 at 10:25 PM

    KFC (Korean fried cauliflower)

  • stpbcyld50  on  3/31/2019 at 6:32 AM

    I’d like to see how they do their onsen eggs!

  • kgmom  on  3/31/2019 at 8:27 AM

    I love the umami of miso, would love to try Grilling: green miso breast.

  • etcjm  on  3/31/2019 at 10:30 AM


  • lauriesk  on  3/31/2019 at 11:20 AM

    Cucumber salad with sesame, miso, and pine nuts

  • Zephyrness  on  3/31/2019 at 12:00 PM

    Cucumber salad with sesame, miso, and pine nuts

  • bopper  on  3/31/2019 at 1:15 PM

    Grilling: breast

  • maci234  on  3/31/2019 at 2:10 PM

    Grilling breast

  • rphdarla  on  3/31/2019 at 3:41 PM


  • thecharlah  on  3/31/2019 at 9:12 PM

    Seared yellowtail salad

  • kmn4  on  4/1/2019 at 10:39 AM

    Yardbird soup

  • JenjiRM  on  4/1/2019 at 11:17 AM

    Grilling: green miso breast

  • parnassus  on  4/1/2019 at 1:35 PM

    ume shiso thigh, and the butchering part

  • mhindle  on  4/1/2019 at 1:50 PM

    Mushroom dashi

  • Isis1981uk  on  4/1/2019 at 2:25 PM

    The Skewering: thigh, Tokyo onion (Negima)

  • lapsapchung  on  4/2/2019 at 2:45 AM

    B&S sauce

  • Veets  on  4/2/2019 at 7:04 AM

    Scotch egg with cabbage, tonkatsu sauce, and Kewpie mayo - I adore scotch eggs and these ones sound like they'll be a real treat!

  • Blackeyedsusans  on  4/2/2019 at 3:35 PM

    Brussels sprouts with black garlic sauce and garlic chips

  • uk2nl  on  4/4/2019 at 4:48 AM

    pickled fennel with yuzu

  • t.t  on  4/6/2019 at 2:28 AM

    Cucumber salad with sesame, miso, and pine nuts

  • antpantsii  on  4/6/2019 at 6:04 AM

    Cucumber salad with sesame miso and pine nuts, also.

  • jpv  on  4/6/2019 at 7:55 AM

    chicken and egg rice

  • LaurenE  on  4/6/2019 at 5:58 PM

    Seared yellowtail salad

  • virjeania  on  4/6/2019 at 7:06 PM

    Grilling: breast

  • elsid22  on  4/7/2019 at 6:56 PM

    duck meatball

  • dbielick  on  4/8/2019 at 8:10 AM

    Cucumber salad with sesame, miso, and pine nuts

  • sarahawker  on  4/8/2019 at 4:10 PM

    Yardbird soup

  • Amandaspamanda  on  4/12/2019 at 11:16 AM

    I would try the Grilling: breast recipe, but learning the skewering techniques will be very interesting as well!

  • BMeyer  on  4/12/2019 at 6:54 PM

    any chicken yakitori

  • sequoia55  on  4/13/2019 at 12:46 AM

    Brussels sprouts with black garlic sauce and garlic chips

  • Phizz_17  on  4/13/2019 at 3:03 AM

    Une saison chicken thigh

  • Dendav  on  4/13/2019 at 3:31 AM


  • PeavineBlues  on  4/13/2019 at 7:56 AM

    Cucumber salad

  • Livia  on  4/13/2019 at 12:54 PM

    Duck fried rice it has got to be

  • infotrop  on  4/13/2019 at 7:31 PM

    Mezcal mule

  • RickPearson54  on  4/15/2019 at 8:04 AM


  • kennethjohngilmour  on  4/16/2019 at 10:30 AM

    daikon and red shiso found page 130

  • CrystalLady  on  4/16/2019 at 4:02 PM

    Chicken and Charcoal: Yakitori, Yardbird, Hong Kong

  • Sfgordon  on  4/17/2019 at 2:25 PM

    I want to try the Green miso pesto

  • rchesser  on  4/20/2019 at 9:40 PM

    Brussels sprouts with black garlic sauce and garlic chips

  • Jenamarie  on  4/21/2019 at 8:05 PM

    Cucumber salad with sesame, miso, and pine nuts

  • jenmatt  on  4/23/2019 at 5:22 PM

    Duck Meatball

  • EmilyR  on  4/24/2019 at 1:31 AM

    Mezcal mule

  • jayw  on  4/25/2019 at 1:05 AM

    Katsu Sando

  • HomespunHouse  on  4/26/2019 at 10:36 PM

    Cucumber salad with pine nuts

  • AnnaZed  on  4/29/2019 at 4:18 PM

    Grilling: breast

  • auntietina  on  5/1/2019 at 3:31 AM

    Fried chicken with garlic Kewpie mayo

  • Ishtar  on  5/1/2019 at 3:39 AM

    Yardbird Caesar

  • Teruska  on  5/3/2019 at 10:36 AM

    Red shiso vinegar ~ I am currently loving different vinegars in my cooking.

  • ella1912  on  5/4/2019 at 2:31 PM


  • Dannausc  on  5/6/2019 at 6:47 PM


  • saregama  on  5/7/2019 at 12:25 AM

    Brussels sprouts with black garlic sauce and garlic chips

  • popoff  on  5/8/2019 at 2:33 PM

    Mushroom dashi

  • lgroom  on  5/8/2019 at 4:16 PM

    pickled fennel with yuzu

  • Roosta  on  5/11/2019 at 3:18 AM

    Hakushu highball

  • mklittle  on  5/11/2019 at 8:56 AM

    Yum! What could be better than chicken and hot heat!

  • PeavineBlues  on  5/11/2019 at 9:55 AM

    tepanyaki chicken

  • Shelley.b  on  5/11/2019 at 10:23 AM

    Grilling breast

  • lbguerrant  on  5/11/2019 at 6:45 PM

    onsen egg!

  • edyenicole  on  5/12/2019 at 11:45 AM

    yard bird soup!

  • ennsee  on  5/13/2019 at 5:22 PM

    I'd make the Skewering: meatball (Tsukune)

  • fbrunetti  on  5/15/2019 at 12:17 PM

    wing tip (Tebasakinosaki)

  • cellenly  on  5/16/2019 at 10:29 AM

    Cucumber salad with sesame, miso, and pine nuts

  • TheBlackLodge  on  5/18/2019 at 3:53 AM

    Green miso breast

  • bookmark77  on  5/18/2019 at 6:27 AM

    Seared yellowtail salad

  • bookmark58  on  5/18/2019 at 7:30 AM


  • portkey  on  5/18/2019 at 9:07 AM

    Cucumber salad with sesame miso and pine nuts

  • silversand  on  5/18/2019 at 9:22 AM

    Lotus root chips

  • vickyallum84  on  5/18/2019 at 10:09 AM

    The Grilled Chicken Breast recipes

  • Sand9  on  5/18/2019 at 11:01 AM

    Duck Fried Rice x

  • bookmark31  on  5/18/2019 at 11:42 AM

    Grilling breast

  • sheridarby  on  5/18/2019 at 12:54 PM

    Seared yellowtail salad

  • paulbing  on  5/18/2019 at 12:58 PM


  • DimensionAEB  on  5/18/2019 at 3:51 PM

    I would like to make the seared yellowtail salad.

  • starzine  on  5/18/2019 at 8:56 PM

    Skewering: fillet (Sasami).

  • orchidlady01  on  5/19/2019 at 12:39 AM

    Crispy fried shallots

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