Book details

336 Pages
Publication date: March 2023
Imprint: Servus
Lukas Nagl Tobias Müller Helge Kirchberger

The Fisherman and the Chef

The new standard work on local fish

The country’s most expert chef for fish shows how great the wealth of fish in the Alpine region is and how we can enjoy this unique culinary treasure sustainably.

Austria is a paradise for those who love fish! More than 50 different domestic fish species were once sold at the fish markets in Vienna and Linz—from classics like pikeperch and whitefishes to rare modern delicacies like burbot, European crayfish, or grayling.

Lukas Nagl, Austria’s most skilled chef in preparing freshwater fish, passes on all his knowledge on cooking fish in a way that helps even amateur cooks: basic knowledge about the different species, professional tips on how to achieve crispy skin and recipes suitable for everyday use. Fishermen from all over Austria, including the last professional Danube fisherman, show how fish can be caught sustainably and how fishing is still done in accordance with ancient traditions and with modern techniques.


Lukas Nagl

Lukas Nagl has been the head chef at the Bootshaus on Lake Traunsee for more than ten years and is one of Austria’s most highly decorated chefs; Gault&Millau named him »Chef of the Year 2023«. No one knows and prepares the abundance of fish in the Salzkammergut as well as he does.