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Grains, Legumes, Nuts and Seeds
(Rice and Beans)

See also: Bread

Selected Books

Albala, Ken
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.
Barrett, Judith
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.
Dragonwagon, Crescent
Bean by Bean: A Cookbook
(More Than 200 Recipes for Fresh Beans, Dried Beans...)
TX803.B4 D73 2011x
From chickpeas and lentils to rattlesnake beans and teparies. And to go with those beans, check out Dragonwagon's The Cornbread Gospels.
Green, Patricia
Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood
TX393.G68 2010x
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.
Griffith, Linda and Fred Griffith
Nuts : Recipes from Around the World That Feature Nature's Perfect Ingredient
TX814.G75 2003
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 Whole Grain Baking : 400 Healthy and Delicious Recipes for Muffins, Breads, Cookies, and More
TX808.H63 2007x
Hodgson Mill is joining King Arthur Flour on the whole grain bandwagon. This book is also available online.
Loomis, Susan Herrmann
Nuts in the Kitchen: More Than 100 Recipes for Every Taste and Occasion
TX814.L66 2010
Included in this collection are easy-to-make recipes for small plates, salads, main courses, side dishes, and desserts.
Ontario Home Economics Association
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
Sass, Lorna J.
Whole Grains: Every Day, Every Way
TX808.S27 2006
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.
Simmons, Marie
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.
Speck, Maria
Ancient Grains for Modern Meals: Mediterranean Whole Grain Recipes for Barley, Farro, Kamut, Polenta, Wheat Berries and More
TX808.S665 2011
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.

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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:


Web Sites


  • 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
  • Rancho Gordo
    Look here for heirloom beans and grains to order online. About $5.50/pound.