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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Whitecap Books Ltd; 1 edition (Oct. 3 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770500413
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770500419
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 2.1 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author


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

Sue Duncan
grew up in Calgary, cooking and eating at every opportunity with her best friend Julie. She now lives with her husband and daughter in the Okanagan Valley, where she acquires far too much produce at the farmer's market but manages to eat it all anyway.

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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Heather Malcolm on Nov. 25 2011
Format: Paperback
I've made three recipes in the last 2 weeks: the best tomato soup (it has 3 kinds of tomatoes, lentils and oatmeal) I've ever made, mulligatawny and sweet potato, lentil and spinach curry. I've also made the carrot sweet potato curried soup before (Julie posted it on her blog). Everything we tried at the book launch was also very good (who knew I liked parsnips? Especially when they're roasted and made into a soup!).

I cooked a big pot of black beans yesterday on the stove (no presoaking required) and a crock pot full of chickpeas, too. Divided them up and put them in the freezer.

The book is full of great tips and recipes using ingredients you probably have in your cupboard. These are healthy recipes that don't skimp on flavour! I don't think you can go wrong with this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Dobbins on March 31 2012
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I love cookbooks and I'm usually happy if I find two or three recipes in each one that my family loves. I was hoping this would be a good choice as my family loves beans. I've now made several recipes from this book and each one was a hit. My kids actually had an argument over who was going to get to eat the last of the roasted beet salad. The black bean brownies are absolutely yummy. I've also made two of the soups, the blackeyed pea and kale soup and the curried sweet potato soup, and both were delicious. The chickpea masala sandwiches were another big hit. I love that the ingredients are fresh and the steps are simple, yet each recipe has amazing flavor and texture. Best cookbook I've bought in a while!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane on Jan. 14 2012
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I bought this after seeing the authors on TV. It was well worth the wait. We have made at least 6-7 recipes and loved everyone, especially the Thai Chicken. I had to buy my two daughters this book as well just so I could keep mine at home. And yes it was well worth waiting for. We are all trying to pur more grains and beans into our diet and this book makes it really easy. My sister as well has ordered this book. Thanks for this great addition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arachne646 on July 21 2012
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I heard about this cookbook through a fave review in the Georgia Straight, our alternate newspaper. By the time my turn at a reserve copy came up at the Public Library, it was over a year since I'd read about it. The recipes were worth it, though! After trying a few, even my husband (who prefers blander, smoother, softer side dishes, accenting the meat, not the other way around) was sure we should buy it, too. Most recipes don't contain meat, and those that do, use it to accent the beans and grains--both are included in most recipes, and the ones I have tried so far are delicious and easy to prepare, although the preparation time estimates seem a little optimistic.

My only criticisms would be the book's unwieldy size and binding--it's hard to keep open for reference as you cook, so I may follow advice I've heard for knitting books--have it rebound with a spiral binding.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Booklover on Dec 13 2011
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I have been looking for some time for ways to incorporate grains and legumes into weekly meals that are simple, easy to prepare, and delicious. I have found the book, and one of the best parts is that it is written by Canadian girls. I've made three or four things since acquiring this book, and they're all delicious, healthy, and easy to prepare.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Noémi Poupart on March 21 2015
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Pros : Some nice pictures. All the recipes tried were delicious. Great variety of meals from breakfast to snack or maincourse.

Cons : Mainly the recipes are with black beans or chickpeas and often the recipe are with canned beans already cooked. No tips about soaking or cooking them. It doesn't talk about alternatives even though if at the beginning of the book they talk about many beans. Some infos are missing in the recipe, like when to add the eggs written in the ingredients...
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I've had this cookbook for about 2 weeks now and have made 6 or 7 recipes from it. Each one was a home run with virtually none of the modifications I usually make to recipes to suit them to my taste.

Important note is this isn't a vegetarian cookbook. Not to say that the description of the book states that it is, but I guess I expected more vegetarian recipes. That being said, for most of the recipes that include meat one could simply omit it. For the others the dishes are more meat centric but thats OK too. For someone like myself who still loves meat but is trying to eat less of it, this is a perfect way to do so!

All in all a fantastic book and have bought 2 more copies for friends and family. Would recommend to anybody!
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Every recipe I have tried in this cookbook is an absolute winner! It is amazing what you can secretly hide beans in without changing the taste or texture of the food. The breads, the brownies, the soups... the soups are incredible!! All of the recipes are mouth watering and only require every day ingredients you already have on hand. I haven't tried a recipe yet that my family hasn't raved about. The only reason I didn't give it a five-star rating was most of the recipes call for a half can of beans... what do you do with the other half? You either have to make a double batch, do the recipe twice or save the other half of the can. Also, no nutritional info is provided for any of the recipes which would have been appreciated.
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