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Bean by Bean: A Cookbook: More than 200 Recipes for Fresh Beans, Dried Beans, Cool Beans, Hot Beans, Savory Beans...Even Sweet Beans!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    Beans with Spice!

    This is a fun recipe book that combines interesting notes and commentary with detailed and diverse bean recipes from all over the world. If you are interested in increasing the use of wholesome beans in your diet, this is the book for you. One note - the recipes are very hot and spicy. The author's name isn't Dragonwagon for nothing. The emphasis is on the "dragon". Her idea of just a little warmth is my idea of as hot as I can handle. If you like hot and spicy, try these recipes - even if you weren't interested in the beans!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2012

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    A comprehensive book for cooking beans

    I have seen other reviews of this book, and my curiosity was peaked. My family doesn't eat lot of beans, but I would like to incorporate more of them into our diet. (I like black beans, refried beans, kidney beans, white beans myself.)

    This is a comprehensive book about beans. The author starts with Bean Basics, discussing the many variety of beans and the basic cooking methods for each type: what to look for in a good green bean, shell beans and how to cook them, soaking beans- whatever you need to know about beans is covered here, no more need to fear them.

    The ten chapters cover such topics like Hummus & Starters, with such recipes as Gotcha-Hotcha Sweet-Smoky Cocktail Peanuts, Hillbilly Hummus (made with peanut butter!) and Greektown Dip from Chicago's Greektown.

    Soulful Simmer Soups is a great chapter that covers the world of beans literally. There are Middle Eastern Bean Soups (Spicy Syrian-Style Lentil Soup), African Bean Soups (Nigerian Seed-Thickened Beef & Shrimp Soup Stew), Asian Bean Soups (Thai Hot & Sour Soups), Indian Bean Soups (Sambar), European (Hungarian Green Bean Soup), and the Americas (Day after Thanksgiving Turkey, Wild Rice & Rattlesnake Bean Soup).

    Of course there are many chili recipes, curry recipes and a chapter on skillets and stir fries that contains an interesting vegetable hash recipe I want to try.The last chapter has desserts, with Julie's Peanut Butter Cup Brownies that looks good and I never would have thought I'd find in a bean cookbook!

    I like that each recipe has symbols next to it that states whether it is compatible for vegans, vegetarians, gluten-free diets or has meat in it. That makes it easy for anyone with dietary restrictions or preferences to quickly see if the recipe is for them.

    The only negative I have is that there are no photos of recipes in the book, but it is a substantial book, and I guess that photos would add to the heft of the book.

    If you like beans or would like to add more beans to your diet, this is the cookbook to pick up. I can't imagine that there is any information about beans that I would like to know that is not in this comprehensive, 175-recipe book.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    Very good

    The recipes are very good and reasonable to prepare; they are not all vegetarian, but mostly. Interesting commentary. Hyperlinking the recipes in the index would much improve ease of use.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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