Bean by Bean

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Workman Publishing, Jan 1, 2012 - Cooking - 370 pages
Has there ever been a more generous ingredient than the bean? Down-home, yet haute, soul-satisfyingly hearty, valued, versatile deeply delectable, healthful, and inexpensive to boot, thereÕs nothing a bean canÕt doÑand nothing that Crescent Dragonwagon canÕt do with beans. From old friends like chickpeas and pintos to rediscovered heirloom beans like rattlesnake beans and teparies, from green beans and fresh shell beans to peanuts, lentils, and peas, Bean by Bean is the definitive cookbook on beans. ItÕs a 175-plus recipe cornucopia overflowing with information, kitchen wisdom, lore, anecdotes, and a zest for good food and good times.

Consider the lentil, to take one example. Discover it first in a delicious slather, Lentil Tapenade. Then in half a dozen soups, including SahadiÕs Lebanese Lentil Soup with Spinach, Kerala-Style Dahl, and CrescentÕs Very, Very Best Lentil, Mushroom & Barley Soup. It then turns up in Marinated Lentils De Puy with Greens, Baked Beets, Oranges & Walnuts. Plus thereÕs Jamaica Jerk-Style Lentil-Vegetable Patties, Ethiopian Lentil Stew, and Lentil-Celeriac Skillet Sauce. Do the same for black beansÑfrom Tex-Mex Frijoles Dip to Feijoada Vegetariana to MayaÕs Magic Black Beans with Eggplant & Royal Rice. Or shell beansÑNewly Minted Puree of Fresh Favas, Baked Limas with Rosy Sour Cream, Edamame in a Pod. And on and onÑfrom starters and soups to dozens of entrees. Even desserts: Peanut Butter Cup Brownies and Red Bean Ice Cream.

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Comprehensive treatment of the subject! Lots and lots of ideas from around the world. Organized, explained, clearly defined recipes. But not a beautiful cookbook filled with photographs. Read full review

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Hummus Where the Heart Is Leguminous Starters
Soulful Simmer Soups for Spirit and Substance
Cool Beans Salads for Every Season
Chili Weather Spicy Steamy Simmerings
Superior Stews Companionable Curries
Bountiful Bean Bakes Comforting Casseroles
Home on the Range Simpatico Skillets and StirFries
Beans and Grains Earthy Soul Mates
Sweet Beans In Which Legumes Dessert You
A Few Last Words
Basic Beanery
Luscious Lentils Other Lovable Little Legumes
Conversion Tables

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About the author (2012)

Crescent Dragonwagonis the James Beard Awardâwinning author of seven cookbooks,

includingDairy Hollow House Soup & Bread Cookbook, Passionate Vegetarian,and, most recently,The Cornbread Gospels.She is also a contributing editor toRelishmagazine and has appeared onGood Morning America,and NPR'sThe Splendid Table.She lives, grows, and cooks her beans on a farm in Putney, Vermont.

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