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Spilling the Beans: Cooking and Baking with Beans and Grains Everyday Paperback – December 1, 2011


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  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Whitecap Books Ltd.; 1 edition (December 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770500413
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770500419
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Julie Van Rosendaal is in high demand for her knowledge and love of good food. She is the food correspondent for The Calgary Eyeopener on CBC Radio One, co-host of tv's It's Just Food, food editor of Parents Canada magazine, a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines, and has an award-winning food blog, dinnerwithjulie.com. She is the author, and co-author of several bestselling Whitecap titles including Spilling the Beans, Starting Out, and One Smart Cookie. She lives in Calgary, Alberta

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Beans. We know them well, but as familiar as they are, a huge number of us don't have a clue what to do with them once we get them home to our kitchens. It's amazing that legumes, which have been around for centuries and are present in nearly every cuisine around the world, are still such a mystery even to skilled cooks. The process of soaking and simmering seems daunting, even though it requires even less culinary skill than cooking rice or pasta. All legumes-beans, chickpeas, peas, and lentils-are high in fibre, protein, and other essential nutrients. They're low in fat, cholesterol-free, versatile, environmentally friendly, and cheap. They could very well be the world's most perfect food.


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This book has the best bean recipes, easy to follow instructions, delicious results!
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Great recipes and great fun to try new ways of incorporating beans into your diet.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Joanne on December 29, 2011
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Beautiful book with lots of pics. Some recipes are novel, others straightforward and so simple--makes you wonder why you never thought of it before yourself. The recipes don't use a long list of endless ingredients. Got this book b/c I want to eat lighter, if not healthier, in 2012; yet, I want to feel satisfied in the process. And when I'm eating something a bit more caloric in the 'comfort food' category, I want it to be nutrient dense. The book includes grains too--bulgar, quinoa, lentils, etc...beans are filling so you eat less and feel satisfied. It adds fiber and they are healthy. They are also very economical, and in this economy, that's helpful. I also have a pressure cooker, great for prepping beans from scratch; however, recipes are given listing amounts of canned beans too, all kinds, but mostly white beans. Cooked beans can also be frozen to keep handy for another meal at the ready.

There are soups, sides, entrees: pastas, pizzas, vegetarian and otherwise. Then there are breads, some yeasted too, desserts of all kinds, casseroles, hot and cold dips, etc..some recipes are Indian, Asian, Mexican, etc..many more, too many to mention. I tried the 'candied red lentils' and they were quite a pleasant surprise. They are cooked and mixed with brown sugar and butter and roasted in oven until they become crispy and crunchy. They are in some of the dessert recipes, and you can eat them straight as is, addictive. I also made the Mac & Cheese b/c it was a baby step to get started. It has whole white beans pureed and mixed it into the bechamel. Very moist, no way could you tell at all that there were beans mixed in. I baked a no-knead bread--yes, some pureed beans are incorporated into that too. Man, is it good. Better than some recipes I have made from dedicated bread books.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Deanne Y on October 7, 2012
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I have ordered hundreds of items on Amazon, but rarely do I find myself writing a product review. I noticed this book only has one review and it deserves more. I purchased this book about a month ago and have made several tasty recipes including Red Lentil & Sweet Potato Curry with Spinach, Charred Corn, Black Bean, & Toasted Barley Salad, Roasted Beet Hummus, Baked Penne with Sausage, Spinach, & Beans, and Curried Sweet Potato, Carrot, & Red Lentil Soup. What I love most about this book is that the beans and grains are not always on centerstage, but play a supporting role to dishes adding in fiber and health benefits without feeling like you are eating a plate of beans. I also appreciate the authors comments on each recipe as they suggest ingredients you can swap to add variation. For example, I used quinoa in place of the barley in the salad I mentioned and it was so good that I don't know if I'll ever try the toasted barley. And they have a recipe for a traditional hummus and then give you four variations, including the roasted beet hummus. There's a section called Baking with Beans and it includes desserts and breads, but I haven't tried any of those yet.

I also like the simple format of this book. It has a clean look with the ingredients for each recipe listed in a colored box and the directions are below with comments to the side. Some of my cookbooks go a little overboard with fluff so I appreciate simplicity.

Overall, this is a cookbook that I am very happy with and will continue working my way through it trying new recipes.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jordan R. Yarbrough on November 21, 2012
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This books is amazing! I live in Africa and beans are something that I have easy access to. It is great to have some new ideas for cooking them. One of my favorite things in the book so far are the bread and pancakes made with white beans. They taste wonderful and are much more filling and nutritious than normal. Can't wait to try more recipes!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Waterwisdom on April 19, 2013
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Normally I buy a cook book, look through it and if I'm lucky find two or three recipes I'm excited about. I've just started a new love affair with beans and this book is my new Kama Sutra! lol. I need lots of gorgeous pictures in a cook book and this one doesn't disappoint. When I first got the book I poured over it delighted by the photography and by the range of recipes from baked goods, to appetizers, to sides, to one dish meals. I can't wait to try everything in here. Today I made the Turkey & Black Bean Chili with Butternut Squash & Apples on page 175. SO GOOD! I had to call a good friend and invite her over to try some. This book is chock full of delicious food that needs to be shared. My husband is a picky eater who won't eat beans but he will eat baked goods with beans hidden within the ingredients. This book has recipes for pizza dough, cinnamon buns and brownies that I can't wait to try for him. Maybe I'll even win him over to the amazing chili and curry recipes eventually too. I love this book and highly recommend it, especially for those, like me, who are interested in working more delicious, nutritious legumes into their diet.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest mom of 3 on March 18, 2013
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I am very much in love with this cookbook !! Several of the recipes have become my go to recipes for nights when things are hectic. The soups are all wonderful, the black bean tacos and the falafel recipes are dynamite !! I have not made any of the bread recipes yet, but they are flagged. My book is only a year old but looks much older, it is on my cookbook rack as a permanent fixture. None of the ingredients are hard to find, and most are pantry items. Love that you can make breads and pizza dough with beans, and the deserts are good too !
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