Grist: A Practical Guide to Cooking Grains, Beans, Seeds, and Legumes (Hardcover)
Shortlisted for the 2022 Art of Eating Prize
As featured in Epicurious, Modern Farmer, Refinery29, Shape, Plated, Eater, Food52, Midwest Living, Bon Appetit, MindBodyGreen, The Infatuation, Associated Press, On the Menu, and NPR's The Splendid Table.
Make grains the easiest, healthiest, and most exciting stars on your table. Abra Berens, a James Beard semifinalist for Outstanding Chef and the author of Ruffage, shares more than 300 recipes and variations, plus substantial reference information to help you discover the next great grain. Grist includes more than 125 recipes for 29 different types of grains, legumes, and seeds that, in combination with vegetables and lean proteins, are the stars of the healthiest, most variable, and most satisfying meals—many of them gluten free.
Home cooks will be attracted to the reference quality of the book, its beauty (more than 100 gorgeous photos and 30 illustrations) and heft (125 recipes + 300 variations = 448 pages), as well as the great writing, relatable voice, author authority, and unique recipe style. New and seasoned home cooks alike will find themselves turning to this guide to develop a repertoire of approachable, big-on-flavor recipes.
THIS IS THE A TO Z OF GRAINS, BEANS, AND LEGUMES: The content is deep and authoritative, but also wide-ranging, with information and recipes for 29 different grains, legumes, and seeds: Amaranth, Barley, Black-Eyed Peas, Buckwheat, Bulgur, Chickpeas, Common Beans, Corn, Cowpeas, Crowder Peas, Farro, Fava Beans, Field Peas, Fonio, Freekeh, Legumes, Lentils, Lima Beans, Millet, Oats, Quinoa, Rice, Sorghum, Split Peas, Soy Beans, Teff, Tiny Seed Grains, and Wheat Berries.
REFERENCE BOOK: Organized by type of grain/legume/seed, each chapter offers authoritative info and tips that home cooks can use to deepen their knowledge of ingredients and broaden their stable of techniques. The recipes are simple, generally quick to prepare, and use ingredients that are easy to find or often already in people's pantries.
FOLLOW-UP ON SUCCESS: Ruffage by Abra Berens was named a Best Cookbook by the New York Times and Bon Appétit, was a 2019 Michigan Notable Book winner, and was nominated for a 2019 James Beard Award.
"Things in my kitchen have changed since Ruffage arrived. This organized, easygoing guide to 29 vegetables offers a few cooking methods for each one, supplemented by several variations."—Kim Severson, New York Times
"[Ruffage] is a total classic in the making."—Christina Chaey, associate editor, Bon Appétit
"Crammed with exciting ideas that encourage creativity, this lively book will quickly become an essential item in the home cook's library."—Library Journal (starred review)
- Home cooks seeking to take their skills to the next level
- Busy people who need easy recipes for clean eating but still want them to taste good
- Fans of beloved cookbooks known for their simple, healthy recipes such as The Moosewood Cookbook, Half Baked Harvest Every Day, or Ottolenghi Simple
EE Berger is a Detroit-based photographer focused on food, lifestyle, product, and portrait work.
Lucy Engelman is an illustrator who puts pen to paper in Pittsburgh, PA.
"In this highly informative work, chef Berens (Ruffage) showcases the potential of cooking with grains and legumes ... Woven throughout are essays and farmer interviews that present a strong case for increasing the role of grains and legumes in the global food system. The result is a definitive guide rich with flavor and inspiration."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
Shortlisted for 2022 The Art of Eating Prize. "Allows the home cook to really dive in and expand their possibilities of meaningful and healthy cooking and eating. No other book this year has made me think about changing the way I cook at home more than Grist.”
"Berens encourages readers to start with ingredients they’re excited about ... Interspersed features highlight working farmers and their areas of specialty, serving to illustrate issues that inform Berens' ethics and worldview."—Booklist
"A thorough A to Z of grains, beans, seeds, and legumes, Grist is based on the philosophy that great cooking comes from working with ingredients you’re excited about."—Eater
"Berens strolls through each category with representative methods (such as boiled, fried, sprouted) with an eye toward variety and versatility over 125 recipes."—Chicago Reader
"Spanning nearly 450 pages, Grist features 125 recipes and twice as many variations on those, plus a great glossary and cheat sheet to get you started." -Epicurious