Grains, Legumes, Nuts and Seeds
(Rice and Beans)
See also: Bread
Beans: A History
QK495.L52 A567 2007
Albala, a professor at the University of the Pacific, traces the history of the various branches of this magical fruit: old world beans like fava beans, garbanzos and lentils, the new world beans we are most familiar with, and Asian beans like soybeans.
Fagioli: The Bean Cuisine of Italy
TX803.B4 B37 2004
Pasta e fagioli, anyone? This Rodale book offers 124 Italian recipes as well as bean basics.
Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood
Quinoa, an ancient Peruvian seed, contains a perfect balance of all eight essential amino acids and is a great source of protein, making it a great food choice for vegetarians.
Nuts : Recipes from Around the World That Feature Nature's Perfect Ingredient
Award-winning cookbook authors Linda and Fred Griffith have traveled the world collecting recipes that use nuts and researching the history and cultures that surround them.
Hodgson Mill is joining King Arthur Flour on the whole grain bandwagon. This book is also available online.
Nuts in the Kitchen: More Than 100 Recipes for Every Taste and Occasion
Included in this collection are easy-to-make recipes for small plates, salads, main courses, side dishes, and desserts.
The Vegetarian's Complete Quinoa Cookbook
Quinoa is a small ancient Incan seed (not really a grain but a Chenopodium in the Amaranth family) from the South American Andes that is exceptionally high in protein. The book offers 150 recipes to help you figure out how to use it. You can read more about Quinoa in Rebecca Wood's Quinoa the Supergrain
Whole Grains: Every Day, Every Way
Lorna Sass covers all sorts of grains (including some you probably haven't heard of - like Job's tears) in this very appealing cookbook. Although she has written many vegetarian cookbooks, this one includes non-vegetarian recipes as well.
The Amazing World of Rice: with 150 recipes for pilafs, paellas, puddings and more
TX809.R5 S463 2003
Simmons, the "Healthy Cooking" columnist in Bon Appetit, provides recipes from around the world for the many different kinds of rice available today.
Ancient Grains for Modern Meals: Mediterranean Whole Grain Recipes for Barley, Farro, Kamut, Polenta, Wheat Berries and More
Stop by the East End Food CoOp and pick up some barley, farro, kamut or spelt and try some of the recipes in this IACP Award-winning cookbook.
Browse the Catalog
For additional titles, browse the library catalog under the subject headings and also by the specific name of the grain, bean or nut:
Almonds Board of California
This website offers information for the consumer, food service and health professionals, and for the manufacturer, including nutritional information and recipes.
Amaranth, Whole Grains Council Grain of the Month
An article describing amaranth, a grain of the Aztecs in Mexico, which is also high in protein like the related quinoa. The article includes a few recipes at the end.
BarleyFoods (National Barley Foods Council)
Have you ever bought a pound of barley or barley flour and, aside from Mushroom & Barley Soup, couldn't find recipes for using it? Here you'll find a whole array of dishes using this ancient grain.
Barley: Alberta Barley
Try their Barley Pancakes, Barley Scones, Fallen Angel Cake, Parley Pudding. From the Alberta Barley Commission. A new website is coming in fall 2012.
- BarleyFoods (National Barley Foods Council)
Idaho Bean Commission
Idaho is the largest Seed Bean growing area (for export) in the world. Their website offers a variety of recipes for a variety of beans. Pictures of the beans and recipes are included.
- Idaho Bean Commission
Bob's Red Mill
This producer of Stone Ground Whole Grain Products offers a searchable database of recipes using their products.
'Heritage grains' are being brought back as tasty alternatives to commodity ones, and the trend is sprouting here
This August 11, 2011 article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette describes the movement back to "landrace" grains with "terroir", highlights a local grower in Washington County and the Organic Growers' Research and Information-Sharing Network (OGRIN).
McCann's Irish Oatmeal
Oats: Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championship
Visit this bakeoff site for oatmeal to find out about porridge in Scotland. How inventive can one be with oatmeal? Check out their porridge recipes to find out. Of additional interest is their Porridge & Oatmeal Thesaurus.
Oats: Quaker Oats
Health information and recipes.
- McCann's Irish Oatmeal
- Peas & Lentils
Peanuts: National Peanut Board
Their website includes recipes such as boiled peanuts, peanut butter cookies, peanut brittle, and many other fabulous concoctions! They even have recipes from Celebrity Chefs.
History, nutrition, recipes, encyclopedia, from the Popcorn Board
Quinoa: A Sacred, Super Crop
This October 31, 2007 article by Nicole Spiridakis from NPR is a nice introduction to the supergrain from the Andes.
Walnuts: California Walnut Commission
Information about walnuts, health and nutrition, recipes, news and events as well as information for growers and processors.
Wheat Foods Council
news and tips on how and why to enjoy more grain foods for better health
Whole Grains Council
The Mission of the Whole Grains Council is to increase consumption of whole grains to provide better health for all consumers. Part of their strategy is to promote the use of a Whole Grain Stamp on foods so that consumers begin to look for it. Their website includes information about whole grains and whole grain advocacy (especially in schools), recipes, and links to producers of whole grains.
East End Food Co-Op
The East End Food Co-op offers plenty of bulk grains and beans and is located at 7516 Meade Street, Pittsburgh.
Purcell Mountain Farms
This Idaho farm store offers a wide selection of beans and grains
Look here for heirloom beans and grains to order online. About $5.50/pound.