- Sara Bir is a CIA-trained chef and writer who has written for Serious Eats about pawpaws, Midwestern cuisine, the best meat grinders on the market, and foods considered lucky at new years.
- Sara's interest in wild food inspired her book The Fruit Forager’s Companion (2018), for which she won a 2019 IACP cookbook award, and her other publications include Tasting Ohio (2018) and the recipe zine The Pocket Pawpaw Cookbook (2021).
- In past lives, Sara has worked as both a sausage cart lackey and chocolate factory tour guide.
Based in Ohio, Sara Bir is a chef, writer, and reference librarian who has written for Serious Eats about pawpaws, Midwestern cuisine, and other topics. She’s also written for publications like Saveur, The Oregonian, and the North Bay Bohemian, while her writing has been featured in the likes of Lucky Peach and Ohio Magazine. Her cookbook The Fruit Forager’s Companion (2018) won an IACP award in 2019, and her other books include Tasting Ohio (2018) and the recipe zine The Pocket Pawpaw Cookbook (2021).
Over the years, Sara has worked as everything from a sausage cart lackey and chocolate factory tour guide to a food critic, recipe tester, and restaurant critic. She's also a passionate culinary instructor, teaching classes to home cooks on the fundamentals of cooking as well as giving foraging presentations inspired by her love of wild food.
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