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Spilling The Beans: Cooking And Baking With Beans Everyday [Paperback]

Julie Van Rosendaal , Sue Duncan
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Book Description

Oct. 3 2011

Learning to cook delicious meals using healthy ingredients is a snap in this new cookbook from bestselling author Julie Van Rosendaal and her long-time friend Sue Duncan. With humorous anecdotes and current factoids on health, Julie and Sue explain everything from the truth behind beans and flatulence to demystifying the simple process of soaking and cooking dried beans and lentils. At a time when eating foods that are as good for the environment as they are for us is a growing concern, whole, healthy, high-fibre foods such as beans and grains are in high demand. Helpful info from gastroentrologist Dr. Guido Van Rosendaal also highlights the physical benefits of incorporating more legumes and whole grains into our everyday diets. Spilling the Beans covers it all, from how to cook up beans and grains, to how to add healthy fibre to your favourite desserts. An entire section on baking delicious desserts with beans amps up cakes, bars, and cookies with flavour and fibre. With so many delicious desserts with beans as the hidden ingredient, this book is sure to be the talk of many a dinner party. And it's a surefire way to get more healthful foods into children's diets, as well.

This book contains everything the modern cook needs to know about preparing and cooking beans and grains. Recipes for every course from appetizer to dessert are sure to please long-time lovers of legumes and those just starting out. Tantalize your taste buds with
Buttermilk Waffles
Apple, Sprouted Bean & Crystallized Ginger Salad with Cambozola
Turkey Chickpea Sliders
White Bean Risotto with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Spinach, & Parmesan
Slow-cooked Lamb Shanks with Lentils, Garlic & Rosemary
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake

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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, and a regular contributor to newspapers, magazines and her award-winning food blog, dinnerwithjulie.com. She is known for her expertise in making health-conscious versions of high fat foods-a change in lifestyle that helped her lose 165 pounds.

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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Nov. 25 2011
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving Legumes! March 31 2012
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Jan. 14 2012
By Jane
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yum yum 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
5.0 out of 5 stars MUCH better than I expected Jan. 7 2013
By Janice
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I live alone and work full time. The soup recipes are easy to prepare and GREAT for my 12 hour shifts. I have been struggling to maintain a healthy diet at times because there is so much junk at work to grab quickly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Family tested until perfect 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and easy recipes April 1 2012
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An excellent book for those wishing to cut back on redmeat protein. Easy to follow recipes that work, and taste great. Have used many of the recipes and have not been disappointed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Beans Nov. 23 2011
By Tracey
Excellent recipes and good teaching guide for beginning to incorporate more beans and lentils into our diets in the tastiest way!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great book
Published 1 month ago by Keywood French
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic recipes! Great to have a Canadian
Fantastic recipes! Great to have a Canadian flavor
Published 1 month ago by Lynnee
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good cook book. I especially found the baking section interesting and everything I made was delicious.
Published 2 months ago by cindy
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooray for beans!
This is the best cookbook I've ever owned. It's the only cookbook I've made so many recipes from and loved. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Aaron Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Want to increase your legume and grain intake? This book is your key
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... Read more
Published 6 months ago by TonyTwist
4.0 out of 5 stars Beans and meat
I bought this book as Looked at it in Safeway, it has a nice selection of vegetable, bean and meat dishes.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not that gluten free friendly
A good variety of recipes but I purchased the book as I need to be gluten free and many of the recipes (the majority) have some gluten foods in them. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Loretta D. Puckrin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent inspiration
I love this cook book. The little stories that accompany the recipes inspire you to make something, and as I am not a vegetarian (although try to cook a vegetarian meal 1-2x per... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mwatson
4.0 out of 5 stars Hate Beans??? You'll Still LOVE This Cookbook!!
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. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Yukon Shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars My new favorite cook book
The recipes in this book are easy to follow with ingredients that I knew and were easy to find. The kids ate all the pancakes before they realized there were beans in them. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Cullen W.
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