A kitchen without beans is like a day without sunshine. Beans are versatile, delicious, nutritious, and they add an endless array of recipe possibilities to meals, snacks, and desserts. I use them all the time in my everyday cooking, and so does Joe Yonan, author of the new cookbook, Cool Beans: The Ultimate Guide to Cooking with the World’s Most Versatile Plant-Based Protein. If you’ve been cooking more and more and more these days at home, then you’ll love the recipes, kitchen wisdom, and cooking advice from Joe Yonan. He’s the Food and Dining Editor for The Washington Post, and as you’ll discover on this week’s show, he’s also the master of cool bean cookery. Oh, and wait till you hear about his recipe for Harissa-Roasted Carrots and Bean Dip and Julia’s Deep, Dark Chocolate Mousse. Let’s get cooking with Joe!
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Whether you prefer the convenience of canned beans or prefer cooking them from scratch, we’ve got you covered on this episode!
“When you cook dried beans, you get the added bonus of the ‘liquid gold,’ the cooking liquid.” – Joe Yonan
Harissa-Roasted Carrots and Bean Dip from Cool Beans by Joe Yonan.
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- Get to know Joe Yonan better
- How Joe became interested in food shopping and meal prep at the young age of eight
- How the coronavirus crisis has impacted the restaurant industry and food journalism
- The new website geared to novice cooks with recipes, tips, and guidance for beginning cooks: Voraciously
- The silver lining to the pandemic: more people are interested in cooking at home, and family dinners have made a comeback
- How Joe became fascinated by beans when he became a vegetarian eight years ago
- Benefits of beans: incredible nutrition, packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals, versatile, shelf-stable, and affordable
- How beans are a common denominator in “Blue Zones,” which are places across the globe where people live longer than average
- Benefits of dried beans over canned: they are less expensive and include many different varieties that aren’t canned; also, you have more control in the cooking process (and texture) and have the cooking liquid that can be added to dishes for extra flavor
- Timeless Natural Foods (where Joe buys hard-to-find dried beans)
- Joe’s rules for cooking dried beans and his take on the “to soak or not to soak” question
- How kombu (dried seaweed) helps “digest” beans to reduce flatulence and soften them
- Joe’s favorite recipe in Cool Beans: Lalo’s Cacahuate Beans
- Joe’s recipe for Harissa-Roasted Carrot and White Bean Dip, which call for harissa (a North African chili paste), carrots, a can of white beans, mint and lemon juice
- Where Joe’s inspiration for recipes comes from
- The adaptability of beans in many recipes, since they are a vegetable AND a protein
- Gateway recipes for beans include hummus, chili, and purees to use in soups and pasta
- Joe’s recipes for Julia’s Deep, Dark Chocolate Mousse and my Black Bean Brownies
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Photos by Aubrie Pick, food styling by Lillian Kang, courtesy Ten Speed Press.
Cool Beans: The Ultimate Guide to Cooking With the World’s Most Versatile Plant-Based Protein is out NOW from Ten Speed Press.
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This was a great podcast – as always! I made the dip this week and we had it for a lunch with bell peppers and sugar snap peas and crackers. Soooo good. I had to use chile garlic paste since I could not find harissa (will keep looking at another store) It’s a nice flavor and feels like such a yummy healthy lunch.