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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 8 May 2010
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Disappointing in my view - no puddings, probably held back to enable Mr Ottolenghi to earn another small fortune from writing specifically on this subject. Also too fiddly and faffy - I mean who actually boils butter beans in this day and age when there is a ready to eat canned alternative - this made me want to scream "Get Real!" at the author. There are certainly some good, worthwhile recipes, but whereas his first book is probably in most cookbook fanatics' top ten, possibly even their top five, this one wouldn't rate in my top 50.
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Initial post: 10 May 2010 11:04:46 BDT
elfylisa says:
I have always been wondering who eats canned beans.. Have you actually tried the other option? It is so much tastier you would give a second thought on preparing them yourself next time. Actually there are some countries out there (especially mediterranean ones) where people would laugh at you if you used canned beans. My point is that sometimes we should consider the differences in culture before calling something fiddly. And these differences in food preparation have made Ottolenghi distinguish among others in a London tired of junk food.

Posted on 12 May 2010 12:16:47 BDT
ReadALittle says:
Hardly a fair comment on the beans. You may prefer to use canned beans, but there are many who don't. I cook all my beans from dried, and I eat beans regularly - mainly chickpeas, red kidney and black eyed. I simply put them into a slow cooker in the morning before I leave for work. It's that easy.

Besides you never have to follow a recipe to its last word. Just because a recipe asks you to cook a meringue from scratch (eg in a eton mess), it doesn't mean you can't substitute with a shop bought one. Another short cut I take often is using shop bought stock, or kneading dough with the breadmaker.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 May 2010 20:43:19 BDT
A Reader says:
I cook all my beans from dried too. Cook a whole bag at once and freeze what you don't need. Then next time you want beans you have them cooked and ready to go. much better than canned.

Posted on 31 May 2010 10:55:47 BDT
Anne says:
I am a bit apalled by your comment... I on my behalf always look with pity to the poor b#st@rd$ who buy canned beans. What a starchy, dire meal they surely will have because of the lack of thought ahead to put some dried beans in water the night before! Please try it once... you will never turn back.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jul 2010 20:47:47 BDT
Old Tyke says:
I too cook all my beans from dried, like Getoka I do the whole bag and freeze in portion sizes. I use my pressure cooker. The butter beans take 5 mins! Saves money , electricity, and they taste so much better.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2010 07:47:59 GMT
Philadelphus says:
Canned beans have a tang and soft texture that I dislike, so home cooked for me too. Canned are for camping emergencies only.

Posted on 15 May 2013 08:59:28 BDT
D. Trueba says:
Canned beans? YOU get real.
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