Beans: A History by Ken Albala

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  • ISBN 10 1845204301
  • ISBN 13 9781845204303
  • Published Sep 01 2007
  • Format Hardcover
  • Language English
  • Publisher St. Martin's Press

Publishers Text

2008 IACP Award Winner!

Whether refried, baked, falafelled, or complementing a nice Chianti, the humble bean has long been a part of gourmet and everyday food culture around the globe. As Ken Albala shows, though, over its history the bean has enjoyed more controversy than its current ubiquity lets on. From the bean's status as seat of the soul (at least, that's what Pythagoras thought) to seed of sin (or so said St. Jerome, who forbade nuns to eat beans because they tickle the genitals), Beans is a ripping tale of a truly magical fruit.



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