Beans: A History
Whether refried, baked, falafelled, or complementing a nice Chianti, the humble bean has long been a part of gourmet and everyday food culture around the globe. As Ken Albala shows, though, over its history the bean has enjoyed more controversy than its current ubiquity lets on. From the bean's status as seat of the soul (at least, that's what Pythagoras thought) to seed of sin (or so said St. Jerome, who forbade nuns to eat beans because they "tickle the genitals"), Beans is a ripping tale of a truly magical fruit.
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Review: Beans: A HistoryUser Review - Bill - Goodreads
This book tell how Jamaica influenced Ian Fleming and the writing of the James Bond novels. I really like the first half of the book which was a biography of Fleming mixed with the history of Jamaica ... Read full review
Review: Beans: A HistoryUser Review - Tara Brabazon - Goodreads
What a fine book. I am always impressed by books that take something small - like beans - and read larger social histories through it. Albala's Beans accomplishes this task, taking 'the poor man's ... Read full review