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.