This is the story of the bean, the staple food cultivated by humans for over 10,000 years. From the lentil to the soybean, every civilization on the planet has cultivated its own species of bean. The humble bean has always attracted attention - from Pythagoras' notion that the bean hosted a human soul to St. Jerome's indictment against bean-eating in convents (because they "tickle the genitals"), to current research into the deadly toxins contained in the most commonly eaten beans. Over time, the bean has been both scorned ...

Beans: A History 2017, Bloomsbury Academic, New York

ISBN-13: 9781350022270

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Beans: A History 2007, Berg Publishers, New York

ISBN-13: 9781845204303

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