The World Of Beans

Protein for a crowded planet. We’ll dive into the real and humble world of beans, in all their glory.

(Flickr/Roger Smith)

(Flickr/Roger Smith)

So, let’s review the big picture.  We’ve got an environmentally-strapped planet with a huge population to feed.  We’ve got a bum economy where American families are needing to pinch pennies.  And we’ve got a health crisis of weight and heart issues.  The answer:  beans.

They take less land to grow than meat – they’re lighter on the Earth.  They’re rich in protein but sure cheaper than beef and chicken.  And they’re healthy as can be. This may be the great moment of the bean.  We’re going to help you get there.

This hour, On Point:  the humble, timely, fine and glorious world of beans.

-Tom Ashbrook


Crescent Dragonwagon, James Beard award-winning author of the new cookbook Bean By Bean: A Cookbook: More than 200 Recipes for Fresh Beans, Dried Beans, Cool Beans, Hot Beans, Savory Beans…Even Sweet Beans! She blogs at and

Recipes From Bean By Bean

Buttermilk Cornbread

Chili Mole

Marinated Lentilles

Middle Eastern Mountain

Sugar Snap Orange Salad

Julie’s Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Rose of Persia Cake



“Beans and Cornbread” by Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five

“Prayers and Pinto Beans” by Donna, Patsy and Roni Stoneman

“Black Beans and Rice” by Mission Mountain

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