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Cooking with Beans, Grains, Pulses and Legumes: 185 Healthy, Wholesome and Delicious Low-fat Recipes for Every Day, from Breakfast to Lunch to Special Occasion Dishes [Hardcover]

Nicola Graimes
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Book Description

3 Nov 2006
This work contains 150 delicious and nutritious recipes that make the most of beans, nuts, legumes, pulses and grains for a healthy heart and energized lifestyle. Choose from a wide range of appetizing dishes such as luxury muesli, taboulleh, hummus, beef and barley soup, Boston baked beans, lamb and carrot casserole with barley, lentil dahl, and oatmeal biscuits. A comprehensive visual directory fully explains the health benefits of every type of bean, pulse, legume and grain, together with information on storing, preparing and cooking. This beautifully illustrated and practical book aims to make beans, pulses, seeds, legumes and grains a familiar part of everyday living, introducing them into the diet in well-known and familiar recipes. Many favourite dishes from cuisines around the world incorporate these highly nutritious ingredients and many of these recipes are featured in this volume. Try Tuscan pot-roasted shoulder of lamb, Jamaican black bean pot, tuna nicoise, white bean salad with roasted red pepper dressing, chilli con carne, Boston brown bread, and date slice. In all, there are 150 delicious and enticing recipes for soups, smoothies, dips, risottos, pilaffs, stews, curries, hotpots, pasta dishes, casseroles, even cakes, desserts and breads - something to appeal to every palate.


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lorenz Books (3 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754816516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754816515
  • Product Dimensions: 30 x 22.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nicola Graimes has been a food writer, editor and stylist for over 20 years, but her interest in vegetarianism extends far beyond that. She was the editor of Vegetarian Living magazine for 5 years and has written many books and articles about vegetarian food, healthy eating and children's diets for both trade and consumer magazines. Nicola is particularly interested in the healing aspects of food and is a strong advocate of organic foods. Nicola Graimes's published works include: The Detox Diet Cookbook (Lorenz Books); Brain Food For Kids (Carroll & Brown); Wholefoods (Southwater); Vegetarian (Lorenz Books); Great Healthy Food For Vegetarian Kids (Carroll & Brown); Gimme Five (Carroll and Brown); Easy Juicing (Duncan Baird); 365 Low-carb Recipes (Duncan Baird); and Kitchen Doctor - Healthy Foods (Lorenz Books).

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5.0 out of 5 stars forget the rest 4 May 2007
By mac
Format:Hardcover
I've been looking to move over to a predominantly 'beans/grains/pulses/legumes' diet for a while and struggled to find any decent cookbooks with a comprehensive range of recipes. Since this book arrived on my doorstep 2 months ago we have eaten from it every single day for both lunch and dinner. Each recipe tried so far has become a new favourite and I wouldn't hesitate to cook any of the meals for friends/family or indeed recommend the book. Once you've stocked your cupboards with the appropriate spices and grown up your herb garden you're pretty much covered for all the recipes, save for the 'main' ingredient. Although meat eaters, we now mostly eat a vegetarian diet. Every meal cooked has looked just like the picture. Recipes are easy to follow (the Tuna Nicoise is fairly involved - but so worth it!!!). Nutritional values are there - just very small at the bottom of each page - but really, you don't need to know this - as pretty much every meal is low fat and healthy (ok the polenta chips not quite so, but again, delicious!!). Only a few of things to note, don't get caught out by forgetting to soak your beans (so always keep a few tins in stock), and don't overlook some of the cooking times - if cooking with the beans. Also, just take a look at the ingredients to decide if you'll like the meal, not just the name/picture; on first glance I could have turned my nose up at a number of them, but on closer inspection, have tried many more than I thought I would. If I don't like a particular ingredient I just omit it (if appropriate) or replace with a likeable alternative. We have in excess of 40 cookbooks, and this is the absolute all time favourite. Thank you Ms Graimes!!!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This book is great! I've have recently started eating a more bean and grain based diet, and it's been a a bit of a struggle to find inspirational cookbooks. So many are aimed only at vegetarians, with icky 70's style "health food" cooking that involves waaay too many casseroles, or at meat-eaters, with beans and grains as an afterthought. This book is a breath of fresh air. It starts out with good basic information on almost all bean and grain varieties and then presents a wide range of recipes, both veggie and non-veggie. Each recipe is accompanied by attractive photos of the preparation process and the finished dish; the ingredients lists and instructions are clear, nutritional content is provided (a rare plus!), and finally, the recipes are yummy. If you want to move away from meat and experiment with a broader cuisine (for dietary reasons or to reduce your carbon footprint, etc), this book is a great buy.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 16 Aug 2008
Format:Hardcover
Brilliant book. Clear, uncomplicated, simple, varied, tasty, full of good ideas and all with colour pictures. Can't recommend it enough. Yummy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 5 Nov 2008
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book purely on it's 3 x five star reviews and I am delighted with it. The recipes are delicious, versatile and the illustrations are perfect. It is a well designed in its presentation, it gives a lot of nutritional information on all the beans, grains, pulses and legumes and the recipes also cater for everyone who wants to cook with them whether they be vegan, vegetarian or meat eaters. It also gives nutritional/calorie information for each dish. 256 pages, a big book and excellent value for money.
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