Chicken and Charcoal: Yakitori, Yardbird, Hong KongMatt Abergel

Price AUD$69.95 | Phaidon 100 Price CAD$64.95 | Phaidon 100 Price £34.95 | Phaidon 100 Price €39.95 | Phaidon 100 Price USD$44.95 | Phaidon 100 Price T44.95 | Phaidon 100

The first cookbook from cult yakitori restaurant Yardbird in Hong Kong puts the spotlight on chicken - taking grilling to a whole new level

Chicken is the world's best loved meat, and yakitori is one of the simplest, healthiest ways to cook it. At Yardbird in Hong Kong, Canadian chef Matt Abergel has put yakitori on the global culinary map. Here, in vivid style, with strong visual references to Abergel's passion for skateboarding, he 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. Fire up the grill, and enjoy. The first comprehensive book about yakitori to be published in English, this book will appeal to home cooks and professional chefs alike.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 270 × 205 mm (10 5/8 × 8 1/8 in)
  • Pages: 240 pp
  • Illustrations: 200 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9780714876450

Matt Abergel, an authority on yakitori chicken, is the head chef of Hong Kong-based restaurants Yardbird and Ronin. Having worked at Masayoshi Takayama's Masa in New York and at Hong Kong's Zuma, Abergel opened Yardbird in Hong Kong in 2011. He plans to open a yakitori restaurant in Los Angeles in 2019.

'Perfectly captures the soul of this buzzing Hong Kong hotspot.' – AsiaTatler

'More than just a recipe book ... We challenge you not to be delighted.' – Wallpaper*

'Matt Abergel, of Hong Kong restaurant Yardbird, has joined the ranks of chef-authors Ferran Adrià, René Redzepi, Andre Chiang and Magnus Nilsson with the publication of his first book of recipes by Phaidon. The company is one of the world's most prestigious high-end cookbook publishers, and being published by Phaidon is an accolade for any chef.' –  South China Morning Post

'The first comprehensive book about yakitori to be published in English.' – (Thailand)

'Much more than a cookbook, Chicken and Charcoal also explores the team's passions and collaborations with artists, designers, illustrators, and brands such as Vans, Carhartt WIP, and Stussy. With its own unique style and strong visual references by artist Evan Hecox, the book reveals the magic behind the restaurant's food and drinks as well as the story of where Yardbird, Hong Kong started, how it grew, and where it is today.' – The Nation (Thailand)