Named a Best Cookbook for Spring 2019 by The New York Times and Bon Appetit Ruffage: A Practical Guide to Vegetables is not your typical cookbook-it is a how-to-cook book of a variety of vegetables. Author Abra Berens-chef, farmer, Midwesterner-shares a collection of techniques that result in new flavors, textures, and ways to enjoy all the vegetables you want to eat. From confit to caramelized and everything in between-braised, blistered, roasted and raw-the cooking methods covered here make this cookbook a go-to reference. Treasure trove of 300 recipes. Spanning 29 types of vegetables-from asparagus to zucchini-each chapter opens with an homage to the ingredients and variations on how to prepare them. 140 photographs show off not only the finished dishes, but also the vegetables and farms behind them. Vegetables as a side or a main. Take any vegetable recipe in this book and add a roasted chicken thigh, seared piece of fish, or hard-boiled egg to turn the dish into a meal not just vegetarians will enjoy. Some bound-to-be favorite recipes include: • Shaved Cabbage with Chili Oil, Cilantro, and Charred Melon • Blistered Cucumbers with Cumin Yogurt and Parsley • Charred Head Lettuce with Hard-Boiled Egg, Anchovy Vinaigrette, and Garlic Bread Crumbs • Massaged Kale with Creamed Mozzarella, Tomatoes, and Wild Rice • Poached Radishes with White Wine, Chicken Stock and Butter Ruffage will help you become empowered to shop for, store, and cook vegetables every day and in a variety of ways. You'll learn about the life and life-giving properties of plants the way a farmer sees it, build experience and confidence to try your own original variations, and never look at vegetables the same way again.
"Abra Berens' cooking is influenced by her time as a farmer, which means that she has an instinct and techniques for what to do with tomatoes that are perfect, heavy orbs of juice, along with the ones that got picked a little hard by mistake. Hers is a smart way of cooking, a curious, thoughtful way of cooking, but most of all, a cooking of good spirit. Ruffage is a cookbook that's an idea book, a learning book, a live-with-you-in-the-kitchen book. I've dog-eared so many pages: creamed mozzarella, charred green beans and fat chunks of tomato drizzled with tuna mayo, mustard braised potatoes with chicken thighs. I mentioned the creamed mozzarella, right?" --Francis Lam, Host of The Splendid Table"[Ruffage] is a total classic in the making."--Christina Chaey, associate editor, Bon Appetit"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, The New York Times (named one of the 12 Best Cookbooks of Spring 2019) "Vegetables do not need to be boring and can make delicious nibbles when dining outside. You will learn simple new cooking methods such as how to caramelise, with dishes including asparagus, courgette, cabbage and cucumber."--The Sun (UK)"This book acts as a veritable encyclopedia of vegetables, with over 100 recipes and 200-plus variations featuring 29 different types of produce."--MindBodyGreen (named one of the 10 Best Healthy Cookbooks to Buy This Spring"With a farmer's wisdom and chef's creativity, Abra Berens will change the way you look at everyday vegetables."--Epoch Times"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)"The delightfully unexpected combination of textures, flavors and colors is genius, and reinforces one quote from Berens that concisely sums up her philosophy: "There's always another way to eat a carrot."--Atlanta Journal Constitution
Abra Berens is a chef, writer, and cofounder of Bare Knuckle Farm. She lives in Galien, Michigan.Lucy Engelman is an illustrator based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.EE Berger is a food and lifestyle photographer based in Detroit, Michigan.