A while back, Syracusan in Seattle and I had a conversation about beans. I can’t remember now if we talked on Facebook, Twitter, or in blog comments, but I remember talking about beans.
Syracusan is a vegan. I don’t think I’m ever going to be a vegan, but I do want to eat more legumes. So there’s no better bean-teacher than a vegan, right?
I buy beans. I bring them home from the store. I empty them into quart jars. I label the jars. I stow the jars in my pantry.
And then I don’t cook them.
This is what has me thinking about the need for a different kind of cookbook. We need a cookbook that teaches habits, not recipes.
A cookbook that says things like, “Well, if you want to cook beans, you put a bunch of them in your Crockpot with some water, and eight hours later you’ve got great beans. Stow the cooked beans in the fridge, and add them to things throughout the week.” (Don’t follow those instructions––I don’t know beans about beans.)
I know the steel-cut oats habit. I know the yogurt habit. I’m working on the “get something out of the freezer” habit. I’d like to know the bean habit. I’d like to know the more-than-one-veggie-per-meal habit.
Any takers? Anyone willing to write that kind of cookbook? Or at least that kind of blog?