It's nice to know that Cicero's family took its name from the chickpea. . . and about the industrial uses of the soybean. . . and just how the legume family shapes up. . . .But as the Silversteins proceed, paralleling the excesses of Oranges (p. 610, J-216), it becomes apparent just how slapdash this compendium really is: certainly a whole chapter on flower parts and pollination is redundant in this context; and the recipe section (mostly stuff like pouring condensed cheese soup over frozen limas) doesn't even mention that many of today's dried beans require little or no soaking. Half-full of b--ns--or more like Peter Limburg gone bananananas. . . .