March 12-13 2022, 9:30-5:30, on the beautiful University of Arizona campus!

Abra Berens


Abra Berens is a chef, former farmer and writer.

She believes that the meals we eat should change with the seasons and that their ingredients should come from nearby. She strives to make simple, delicious meals that champion the region.

She started cooking at the storied Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She then went on to train in the garden-focused kitchen at Ballymaloe Cookery School in Cork, Ireland. In 2009, she co-founded Bare Knuckle Farm in Northport, Michigan, where she farmed and cooked for eight years. After years of farming, she returned to the kitchen full time, opening and helming the café at Local Foods in Chicago. In 2017, she left her Executive Chef position to return to the mitten state to join the team at Granor Farm in Three Oaks, Michigan, where she combines her love of farms and restaurants to create one-of-a-kind dinners on the farm celebrating the best of South West Michigan’s diverse agriculture.

"Ruffage: A Practical Guide to Vegetables" is her first cookbook and is rooted in her experiences as a chef, former farmer and everyday eater.

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Books:
Grist
A Practical Guide to Cooking Grains, Beans, Seeds, and Legumes
Culinary
Chronicle Books LLC
October 2021
ISBN 9781797207131
464 pages

Ruffage: A Practical Guide to Vegetables (Vegetarian Cookbook, Vegetable Cookbook, Best Vegetarian Cookbooks)
Culinary
Chronicle Books
April 2019
ISBN 9781452169323
Hardcover, 464 pages

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