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Beans: A History – Ken Albala

Thoughts: A surprisingly enjoyable read.

Takeaways: Chickpeas, as well as peas, are botanically beans. For a long time and in many parts of the world, beans have had a social stigma attached to them, being associated with lower classes. But despite being inexpensive, they’re very nutritious.

(The notes below are not a summary of the book, but rather raw notes - whatever I thought, at the time, might be worth remembering.)

Albala, Ken. 2007. Beans: A History. Berg.

1. Introduction

2. Lentils: Fertile Crescent

3. Lupines: Europe and Andes

4. Fava Beans: Europe

5. Peas, Chickpeas and Pigeon Peas

6. Oddballs and Villains

7. Mung and the Vignas: India

8. Black-eyed Peas: Africa, Soul Food

9. Phaseolus vulgaris: Mexico and the World

10. Limas and the Lesser Phaseoli: Andes

11. Tepary Beans: Native Americans

12. Soy: China, Japan and the World


Posted: Apr 21, 2024. Last updated: Apr 21, 2024.