Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - The Great Vegan Bean Book

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Book Review - The Great Vegan Bean Book

The Great Vegan Bean Book
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About the Book
With some of the coolest names ever—cannellini, cava, calypso—beans may just be nature's perfect food. Packed with protein and with little or no fat, inexpensive and cruelty-free, tasty and with endless varieties, they're also a vegan's best friend. But what do you do with the heirloom beans you picked up at the market? How do you turn such a basic, simple food staple into exciting snacks and meals?

The new book The Great Vegan Bean Book by Kathy Hester, spells it all out for you. It truly spills the beans on the versatile legume—from soaking times and cooking times, to what to purée and what to sauté.

Not only that, but you'll also get to try your hand at some of the tastiest, most innovative bean recipes in this lentil-filled land. From beanalicious burritos, to pretty-pea curry, to legume-laced blondies, you'll be partying protein-style every meal of the day. Over 100 other easy recipes also include:

  • Lemon Coconut Chickpea Muffins
  • White Bean Gazpacho with Salsa Fresca
  • Baked Arugula and Bean Flautas
  • Solstice Beans with Pumpkin and Greens
  • Inside-Out Enchilada Casserole
  • Black-Eyed Pea Peanut Butter Pie

All recipes are vegan, and many are also soy- and gluten-free. Chapters include bean basics, breakfast and brunch recipes, snacks, soups and salads, on-the-go meals, lunch, dinner, and delicious and healthy bean-based desserts. Looking for a creative way to get more lean protein? Want to expand your protein options beyond tofu and processed meat substitutes? Or, are you just looking for a way to include more healthy, plant-based meals in your diet? Try The Great Vegan Bean Book , and discover the wonderful world of the delicious and healthful bean.

My Take on the Book
This was an amazing cookbook that would be one that any Vegan would want to have in their own home. While my family is not vegan, we will try vegan recipes from time to time and I found a ton that looked amazing in the book. We ended up making the Hawaiian Sliders and I have to say that not only were they a hit with me, but my girls loved them too. They had amazing flavor and were easy to make. This is a cookbook that will use beans in so many different ways that you would not have originally considered. As I mentioned the recipes were easy to follow and the images were vivid and gave me a better perspective as to what I was making! I loved the creativity in the book and you get to see beans being used in some very creative ways!

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