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 Post subject: The Great Vegan Bean Book
PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2013 5:32 pm 
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I saw that it was in stock on Amazon and ordered. It's here! Anyone else?


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Mine came Tuesday! I have already made the Moroccan Chickpea Soup! It's very very good; great for when you are nursing a cold, like I am. Exotic but comforting. I'm looking forward to many of the recipes though! So many of them sound good.


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 Post subject: Re: The Great Vegan Bean Book
PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 11:36 am 
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Mine is on the truck for delivery as I type ... I wanna go home but have to wait until I am off work. I'll look at it tonight!


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PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2013 3:52 pm 
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This is a nice cookbook -- beautiful photos and nutritional info, tips and suggestions for every recipe. Kathy has bean recipes for many categories including breakfast (bean muffins!), soups, dips and spreads, casseroles, salads, stove top dishes and desserts. I am making the Tomatillo, Tomatoes, Black Beans and Rice dish for dinner tonight and plan to make the Chickpea Greek salad with Tofu Feta tomorrow. I really like the look of this cookbook so I have high hopes for the dishes I make from it.


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 Post subject: Re: The Great Vegan Bean Book
PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2013 4:52 pm 
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I had a look and everything looks pretty easy and tasty. I'm suspicious of beany baked goods though. We'll see!


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 Post subject: Re: The Great Vegan Bean Book
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Can't wait to get my copy.

Don't be afraid of beany baked goods. I haven't tried these recipes but I've made cookies and brownies and they turn out well.. just a bit more cakey than dense.

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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2013 10:26 pm 
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My copy is en route from book depository.


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I just got mine yesterday. Had I been able to score some eggplant, I would have made the Ratatouille. I may try to make it this weekend. Looks like there are a lot of slow cooker recipes in there, also.

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I got this and it looks awesome. Love the design/layout, and of course the list of recipes on each chapter page -- although I'm not in love with the index but that's okay because the introductory section is awesome. The introductory section alone makes me feel like I can finally join the cool kids and buy dried beans and cook from scratch. I do love that every recipe has instructions on to either make the beans from scratch or has the equivalent number of can(s) of beans to use. Definitely plan to make time to sit down and go through and start dog earring recipes. One of the mac n cheese recipes was calling my name, perhaps the one with the cashews listed as an optional ingredient?

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i put it on the wishlist. (and when i was looking for this one, i saw that crecent dragonwagon also has a bean-centric book. i would have to flip through that one before making a decision. in case there's too much dairy and whatnot.)

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I've now made the Cashew Bean Queso and the Smoky White Bean Spread, as well as the Oatmeal Blueberry Waffles. Everything so far from this book has been really, really good. I'm a huge fan of Kathy Hester now! I'm off to go look at her other books on Amazon...


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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2013 8:10 pm 
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The creole white beans are really good. I had to turn up the heat and cook longer than recommended to get them to break down and get creamy. After the maximum time she recommends, it was still pretty soupy, and the beans were just barely cooked.


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PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2013 5:00 pm 
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The creole white beans are really good. I had to turn up the heat and cook longer than recommended to get them to break down and get creamy. After the maximum time she recommends, it was still pretty soupy, and the beans were just barely cooked.


Sometimes the beans you buy at the store or even in bulk bins have been there awhile. If the beans are older they will take longer to cook. The issue is you usually don't know that before you start cooking them.

I'm glad you kept cooking them until they got creamy - that's the best part of that dish.

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PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2013 7:10 pm 
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I made the stove-top mac n' beany on page 160. i loved that kathy included a special note on this recipe telling those of us with nut allergies not to worry about the optional cashews. i was concerned about the 1/2 cup of nooch but the sauce really really good! the recipe is a definite keeper! i only made 2 servings and put the leftover sauce in a storage tub. i'll freeze what we don't use tomorrow.

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i put it on the wishlist. (and when i was looking for this one, i saw that crecent dragonwagon also has a bean-centric book. i would have to flip through that one before making a decision. in case there's too much dairy and whatnot.)


I have both. They're very different. Crescent's is the most vegan friendly omni cookbook I've ever seen, if that makes sense. That one I would say is more specialist and involved, and the Kathy Hester one is more midweek quick cooking friendly.

I only got this Friday but I like it a lot. My husband made the chickpea biryani yesterday. For our taste we wanted more spice, but it was nice.

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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 7:07 am 
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The creole white beans are really good. I had to turn up the heat and cook longer than recommended to get them to break down and get creamy. After the maximum time she recommends, it was still pretty soupy, and the beans were just barely cooked.


Sometimes the beans you buy at the store or even in bulk bins have been there awhile. If the beans are older they will take longer to cook. The issue is you usually don't know that before you start cooking them.

I'm glad you kept cooking them until they got creamy - that's the best part of that dish.


I feel like it always takes me longer to cook beans than cookbooks recommend, on several different stoves, gas or electric. I don't know what the deal is.


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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2013 8:20 pm 
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i made the healthified vodka pasta sauce tonight, it was easy to prepare and tasted okay, it wasn't excellent but it definitely was not awful either. to my hubby and mine's palette though it does need some more flavor oomph. we sprinkled extra nooch and dried basil on top at the table....

it makes a ton of sauce so what we don't eat tomorrow, we'll freeze. tomorrow i'll be adding some big pepperoni stick to the sauce, i defrosted some but forgot to add it tonight.

flipping through the cookbook, so many recipes catch my eye, but it's too hot to be making beans on the stove from scratch and/or using the oven for some of the baked dishes. i have a feeling i'll be using this book lots once fall rolls around.... but i did see many recipes that would be spring/summer appropriate.

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i made the healthified vodka pasta sauce tonight, it was easy to prepare and tasted okay, it wasn't excellent but it definitely was not awful either. to my hubby and mine's palette though it does need some more flavor oomph. we sprinkled extra nooch and dried basil on top at the table....

it makes a ton of sauce so what we don't eat tomorrow, we'll freeze. tomorrow i'll be adding some big pepperoni stick to the sauce, i defrosted some but forgot to add it tonight.

flipping through the cookbook, so many recipes catch my eye, but it's too hot to be making beans on the stove from scratch and/or using the oven for some of the baked dishes. i have a feeling i'll be using this book lots once fall rolls around.... but i did see many recipes that would be spring/summer appropriate.


If you have a slow cooker, you can cook them in there! Put dry, unsoaked beans in the slow cooker with plenty of water to cover, then cook on low for 6-8 hours. I really want this book after looking through the preview on amazon!

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yeah, you can even put the crockpot out on the porch to reduce the heat output going into your house even further.

efcliz, thanks for the comparison. that's very helpful. <3

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thanks for the ideas about the slow cooker, y'all, but we don't have one.

allularpunk, i hate to be an enabler, but this cookbook is pretty darn awesome! i'm going to make the hawaiian sliders (i think that's what the recipe is called) for memorial day :)

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Oh, it's definitely on my wish list! Once school starts back up and I have money again, it is mine!

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Oh, it's definitely on my wish list! Once school starts back up and I have money again, it is mine!

I am going to order this one, too. It really looks great! I love all beans and this looks to be a terrific resource. I don't want it to arrive here while I am away in a week's time, though. Amazon's shipping of this title is currently delayed so I am going to hold off ordering it until after I return home.


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OMG! I want to make nearly everything in this book. This is quite the gem for bean lovers. :)

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The Chickpea Greek Salad with Tofu Feta is really tasty -- light with a great flavor. My husband, who was dubious over the feta part (it's uncooked tofu mixed with lemon juice, salt and oregano) really liked it. Next I want to try the chickpea cutlets!


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