3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A classic, with some good basics,
This review is from: The Bean Book (Paperback)
Coming out of the environment and health conscious wholefood 'brown revolution' of the 1970s, this was just about the best book of its kind at the time. I bought shortly after it was published in 1980, while I was a student. It fed me cheaply back then and my family since, and there are some recipes which they now use... which is a real test of success!
It is one of those books which I still keep for a few standards, and despite constant usage it still has its covers attached! From the reviews on Amazon, I'd recommend getting the original version which has more recipes, rather than the 2000 reprint.
Rose Elliot's subsequent books and the intervening 30 years since it was first published has led to it showing its age. Some things have changed - beans today do not seem to need the full cooking times given in the book, so it is important to check, not just go by the recipe timings. Also, many of the recipes are somewhat underspiced in the context of today's more international experience. However, it's a classic book and many of the recipes offer a good basis from which to start.