Details on Chef Iliana Regan’s second book


Three years after the publication of her much-lauded first memoir burn the place Iliana Regan, the award-winning collectors chef who founded the Michelin-starred Elizabeth Restaurant in Lincoln Square, has released information about her follow-up book.

Field work: memories of a collector Chronicling Regan’s transition from big-city restaurant life to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where she and wife Anna Hamlin lived and operated Bed & Breakfast called Milkweed Inn since 2019.

Early details, via Bookshop, reveal that Regan will share her desire to return to her rural roots, with the arc of this trip interspersed with tales of her extended family — some steeped in alcoholism and domestic disputes, highlighting the specific “harm men do to women.” inflict, and families, and harm males inflict on the entire landscapes they inhabit.” The abstract also mentions Regan and Hamlin’s efforts to conceive a child amid the pandemic.

Regan officially sold Elizabeth to longtime collaborator Tim Lacey in October 2021, whom she met more than a decade ago at Trio, the suburban Evanston restaurant that has produced culinary stars such as Gale Gand and Grant Achatz. Field work: memories of a collector is available for pre-order now, with a January 2023 release.

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