Abeer Najjar is a self-taught chef & food writer. She is a professional late-night snacker with an addiction to good coffee accompanied by great conversation. Abeer believes the best meals are those that are fun, simple, and shared amongst others.
“If you have extraordinary bread and extraordinary butter, it’s hard to beat bread and butter.”
Born on the south side of Chicago to Palestinian immigrants, Abeer’s love for food started in her mother’s kitchen. That love was also deeply influenced by the multi-cultural neighborhoods she was raised in and her cooking reflects a fusion of those worlds.
Abeer writes to preserve memories of cooking with her mother and to share her food experience. She hopes that by sharing this, she inspires a deeper appreciation for food and the cultures in which it comes from. For many children of immigrants, traditional food is often a source of embarrassment. Abeer wants to shift that embarrassment to pride.
When Abeer isn’t obsessing over food, you can find her spending time with her family, traveling, or planning her next underground supper club. She has been featured in Teen Vogue, NPR, LifeTime, and other publications.
“In The Kitchen with Abeer Najjar” (Video) (ABC Windy City Live, Chicago)
“For Falasten” Documentary (Video) (Chicago Palestine Film Fest, Chicago)
“Lifetime’s New Series Features South Side Chef” (Video) (ABC Windy City Live, Chicago)
Interview and Story with The Brightside (The Brightside, Chicago)
“Lifetime’s Her America: 50 Women, 50 States” (Lifetime TV, New York)
“Dear Siti” Food On The Edge Talk (Video) (Galway, Ireland)
“Bright Young Thing” (Image Magazine, Ireland)
“Comfort Food: Recipes From The Levant” (“Morning Shift” WBEZ Radio, Chicago)
“Abeer’s Revival” (Palestine In America, Chicago)
“This Palestinian Home Cook Is Fusing Her Middle Eastern Culture With Some Latino Foods” (We Are Mitú, Los Angeles)
“A Middle Eastern Spin On A Classic Latino Dessert: Rose Cardamom Tres Leches” (“All Things Considered” NPR, Washington DC)
“Why Cucumbers Are a Great Ramadan Snack” (Chicago Magazine, Chicago)
“Meet the Palestinian-American Chef Fighting Cultural Appropriation in Food” (Teen Vogue, New York)
“Abeer Najjar Short Documentary” (Video) (Revive, Chicago)