Recommend a cookbook that features recipes with many different grains and legumes.
December 20, 2009 8:04 AM   Subscribe

Recommend a cookbook that features recipes with many different grains and legumes.

I am looking for a cookbook whose recipes make use of many different grains beyond rice, legumes, and vegetables as well. (Reason: When I buy a grain, I want specific recipes for it instead of referring to rice recipes and using it as a substitute.)

However, to clarify, it doesn't have to be vegetarian since I am not looking to exclude meat from my recipes. But it would be great if the cookbook did have a vegetarian slant to it, focusing more on legumes than on meats. (Example: I'd prefer a recipe that calls for chickpeas rather than for chicken.)
posted by gregb1007 to Food & Drink (15 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
A friend recommended this book, although I have not yet picked it up: 366 Delicious Ways to Cook Rice, Beans, & Grains

I have enjoyed The Roasted Vegetable by the same author.
posted by sararah at 8:13 AM on December 20, 2009

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman.
posted by ottereroticist at 8:20 AM on December 20, 2009 [2 favorites]

I have The Versatile Grain and the Elegant Bean, which seems exactly like what you're looking for.
posted by Maisie at 8:22 AM on December 20, 2009

If you're willing to use a website instead of an actual cookbook, I recommend 101 Cookbooks. Heidi uses all sorts of grains and legumes and has them indexed nicely. Thanks to her, I now know how to use grains such as wheat berries and millet.
posted by LOLAttorney2009 at 8:23 AM on December 20, 2009

Oh! Heidi does have a cookbook: Super Natural Cooking.
posted by LOLAttorney2009 at 8:25 AM on December 20, 2009 [2 favorites]

Tal Ronnen - The Conscious Cook. It is all vegetarian, but there are some really great ideas in there for the use of grains/legumes and other veg proteins.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 8:30 AM on December 20, 2009

Rose Elliot's The Bean Book and Beanfeast, though seems latter is out of print.
posted by Abiezer at 8:38 AM on December 20, 2009

A New Way to Cook is a huge tome with big sections on grains and veg. It has both recipes and suggestions on how to improvise. The slant is less-meat rather than meatless. I'm neither a vegetarian nor a low-fat nut but it's still one of my favorite cookbooks.
posted by Erasmouse at 8:48 AM on December 20, 2009 [1 favorite]

I was coming in to suggest Supernatural Cooking and 101 Cookbooks, so seconding that.
posted by katie at 8:54 AM on December 20, 2009

I was going to suggest Supernatural Cooking too!

Diet for Small Planet is a classic, and has recently been updated. So is the More With Less Cookbook.
posted by apricot at 9:00 AM on December 20, 2009 [1 favorite]

Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison is a superb reference. It has 50 pages of grain recipes, and 30 pages devoted to legumes. (It's also where I learned to cook teff, amaranth, millet, and quinoa, among other things.)
posted by purpleclover at 9:13 AM on December 20, 2009 [2 favorites]

Lots of recipe ideas (which do not all require a rice cooker) in The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook. You may also want to take a look at The New Whole Grain Cookbook, Whole Grains Every Day, Every Way and The Splendid Grain.
posted by bearwife at 11:04 AM on December 20, 2009

Lucid Food is a new one that is similar to Super Natural Cooking and the recipes are really delish!
posted by melissam at 1:39 PM on December 20, 2009

Just came in to add that Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, that purpleclover recommends, is a great cookbook. I learned a lot about cooking lentils and pulses from that book including how to cook them in more varied and western, European ways, when I had been mostly used to making an Indian dhal with them. Also the Moosewood books usually have a good selection of pulse/whole grain based meals. Check them out from the library and see!
posted by bluefly at 4:08 PM on December 20, 2009

Someone gave me this vegetarian cookbook a while back and it's got tons of recipes using all sort of beans and grains--quinoa, barley, bulgur, black-eyed peas, amaranth, lentils, brown rice, chick peas, millet, kasha, oats, wild rice, couscous, arborio, etc.
posted by ifjuly at 4:09 PM on December 20, 2009

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