THE BEAN GOURMET PRESENTS THE GREATEST LITTLE BEAN COOKBOOK by Tom Chasuk

THE BEAN GOURMET PRESENTS THE GREATEST LITTLE BEAN COOKBOOK

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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Beans certainly deserve to be appreciated, but this small (five by seven and a quarter inches) volume will turn more people off legumes than it will turn on. To start with, Chasuk is nothing short of obnoxious throughout. His response to the problem of flatulence sometimes caused by bean-eating: ``Quite frankly, I'm single, I live alone, I don't care!'' Then this hyperkinetic television producer (who has appeared on Live With Regis and Kathie Lee as the ``Bean Gourmet'') steers readers away from soaking dried beans, mistakenly insisting that it neither saves cooking time nor makes them more digestible. This misinformation is paired with recipes that range from the merely dull to the truly repulsive, each one with a corny header. Sure, pizza is ``easy to make'' when the ingredient list includes canned tomato sauce and a ready-made pizza crust. Bland bean burgers with pinto beans had all the visual appeal of Alpo and fell apart when grilled; Chasuk claims that these are ``herb-packed'' when they contain only ¨ cup chopped parsley. Mint fudge with mashed garbanzo beans never gelled into squares that could be cut neatly, but a layer of butter did congeal across the top. A few dips and soups are more workable, but don't come close to making this worth its price. It may be little, but it's not the greatest.

Pub Date: Feb. 23rd, 1995
ISBN: 0-688-13765-2
Page count: 196pp
Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 1995