Everything Beans Book Review & Giveaway

If you have been around the frugal block a time or two, you have heard the old saying about a “beans and rice” lifestyle. This is not just a tongue-in-cheek expression; cooking with and eating beans regularly is one of the cornerstones of a frugal kitchen. Packed full of fiber and protein, beans are a perfect addition to a meatless meal. They even sneak into desserts quite nicely.

But do you really know how to cook with beans? Sure, it’s easy to pop open a can, but dried beans pack the real frugal punch. I often add beans to our meals, but must admit that dried beans seem intimidating. Storing? Soaking? Pressure cooking? Where does one begin?

Thankfully, the blogosphere, as it often does, came to my rescue for this common kitchen dilemma. Katie Kimball over at Kitchen Stewardship passionately writes about eating real, whole food and working through nutrition, finances and being environmentally friendly. She recently released a 95-page ebook that contains everything you need to know about beans and legumes.


  • Why are they healthy?
  • How do I cook with dry beans?
  • How do I cook and store in bulk?
  • What about picky eaters (the bean haters of the world)?
  • How do I avoid gas?
  • How do I get past the texture?
  • And of course, 30 recipes from appetizer to dessert, all spotlighting the most frugal and nourishing food I know: beans.

Katie sent me a review copy of The Everything Beans Book to experience myself. It does not disappoint! I own quite a collection of ebooks, but rarely do I print one out. I printed the. whole. thing. (Thank goodness for my laser printer!) Yes, 95 pages of bean goodness now sit in a 3-ring binder in my kitchen, to reference again and again.

The book includes thoughtful details such as FAQ’s about each recipe, substitutions, kid-friendly ratings, and endless frugal tips. If used online, there are helpful, relevant links for further reading. Most impressive? All 30 recipes have been thoroughly tested by not only Katie’s family, but by a team of blog readers who provided valuable feedback.

Here is a sample of one recipe from the book I am excited to try out:

Pasta with White (Bean) Sauce

½ c. chopped onion
1 4-oz. can diced green chili peppers, drained, or 1 chopped jalapeno or
Anaheim pepper
2 Tbs. butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbs. whole wheat flour or arrowroot starch
1/8-1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 ½ c. whole milk
1 ½ c. shredded cheese (any kind works, but Swiss or Monterey Jack is great)
1 15-oz. can white beans, drained and rinsed, OR 2 c. cooked dry beans
salt to taste, likely about a ½ tsp.
½ lb. Linguine or favorite pasta, cooked according to package directions


In a medium-sized, heavy bottomed pot, cook onion and peppers (if using fresh)
in melted butter until tender, adding garlic at the last minute. Stir in flour and
pepper and cook two minutes. Add the milk all at once. Cook and stir over
medium heat until bubbly and thickened, taking care not to scorch the bottom.
Cook one more minute, then add cheese and stir to melt. Add the beans and
canned chiles (if using canned) and stir to heat through. Feel free to add extra
milk at any point if the sauce is too thick for your tastes. Serve over linguine or
your favorite pasta. You might include steamed veggies right in the sauce for an
all-in-one meal.

For the bean haters of the world: If you use an immersion blender and whiz the
sauce, the beans (and their taste) disappear. You might want to add a bit of
extra milk to thin it out, up to 1/4-1/2 cup.

Serves 4.

Does that sound delicious or what? Many of the recipes are fully adaptable for those with food restrictions, such as gluten or dairy free. None of them seem overly complicated – just good, family friendly fixin’s.

The Everything Beans Book is available to purchase as an instant download for just $9.95. Now through March 25th, you can save 20% off when you use the code KFM20 at checkout, bringing the price to just $7.95.

I also have five copies of the The Everything Beans Book to give away! Should you decide to purchase one and then end up winning, not to worry, you will receive a full refund.

Enter to Win:

1 of (5) digital copies of The Everything Beans Book, a 95-page instant download

  • Leave a comment below (required entry): What is your favorite bean to cook and eat?

If you are reading via email or in a reader, please click through to the post to enter.

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  • Subscribe via RSS or email for free daily updates. If you’re already a subscriber (thank you!) simply leave a comment.
  • “Like” Kitchen Stewardship and KingdomFirstMom on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know you have done so.

This giveaway will end on Thursday, March 24th at 9 p.m. EST. The winners will be drawn randomly, and notified via email.

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About Alyssa Francis

A thirty-something wife and mother of four! Two daughters by birth, one son by marriage, and a sweet baby boy born in April of 2009. Oldest sister of four girls raised by a single mom. California native. Grew up in Hawaii. Somehow ended up in North Texas. Once a single mom. Former agnostic. A survivor of abuse and addiction. Forgiven by a great big God. Married to my best friend.


  1. I absolutely LOVE black beans! They make any dish better!

  2. Christi M. says:

    We consume a lot of chick peas (garbanzo). I throw them in soups, make hummus, but my kids especially like them out of the can, rinsed, with a dash of salt.

  3. I like northern beans… especially in white chili!!!

  4. black beans it is !

  5. I am not great at cooking with beans yet, so I mostly just use black beans in things like Tex Mex chicken and similar dishes! I’d love to learn how to cook with beans and be even more frugal! Thanks!

  6. I am a subscriber!

  7. My favorite bean is the green bean, followed by pinto beans & black beans.
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  8. I’m already an email subscriber. :-)

  9. I already “liked” Kingdom First on Facebook and have also ‘liked” Kitchen Steward on Facebook. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. I love small red beans (as in Nicaraguan rice and beans). Yum!

  11. I follow via RSS.

  12. I may be slightly obsessed with black beans. They’re my go to ingredient when I need a quick, healthy meal.

  13. I subscribe via RSS.

  14. Starletta says:

    I have only pretty much eaten white beans and I love them – I would love to branch out and try others – this book would really be a great help! Thanks for offering it

  15. Sarah Hardisty says:

    Black Beans!! They are rich in flavor, go well in just about any dish, and my kids love them, too!

  16. I love navy beans and baby limas equally. I never knew we were “eating poor” when I was growing up! Beans and Mama’s cornbread were my favorite dinner. Still a challenge to get my children to eat them though.

  17. I’m already an email subscriber.

  18. Sharon J says:

    I don’t have just one favorite. I like blackeyed peas, great northern and lentils. Lentils are the fastest and taste to me like blackeyed peas.

  19. Sharon J says:

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  20. I regularly cook with black beans, garbanzos, and lentils.

  21. Jacqueline H. says:

    Black beans are wonderful! I love to make soup with them! I am a subscriber to your newsletter.

  22. subscribe to email would love more beans recipes

  23. I love black beans!

  24. I am an rss subscriber.

  25. This sounds great, I love pinto beans made into refried beans with cheddar cheese………….yum!

  26. I like black beans and my husband loves pinto beans. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  27. I’m an email subscriber.

  28. Green beans

  29. I subscribe via email

  30. Jessica B says:

    I love black beans!

  31. Jessica B says:

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  32. Jessica B says:

    I like you and Kitchen Stewardship on facebook

  33. black beans are definately a staple here

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  35. My favorite is kidney beans. Thanks for the giveaway!

  36. I am subscribed via RSS.

  37. Kitchen Stewardship is one of my “Likes” on facebook.

  38. Kingdom First Mom is on my “Likes” list on facebook.

  39. Nicole J. says:

    My favorite bean lately has been the adzuki bean. I went to a Moms Night Out recently and tried them for the first time. Never knew they packed such great nutritional value! It’s interesting that unless you try something, your opinion can’t really be made :)

  40. We’re loving black beans lately. We eat them all the time. I would love to have the book!

  41. Nicole J. says:

    I subscribe via email.

  42. Nicole J. says:

    I like Kingdom First Mom on FB.

  43. Nicole J. says:

    I like Kitchen Steward on FB.

  44. I’m a big fan of red beans. They are just so versatile in many of the dishes I cook!

  45. I already subscribe via RSS. Thanks for this post and suggested e-book, I am trying to integrate more meatless, healthy meals into our meal plans. This one looks great!

  46. I only really know how to cook with black beans, so I would love to learn how to incorporate more into our diet!

  47. we’ve been using black beans alot lately!

  48. I’m an email subscriber.

  49. i like you on FB
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  50. Oh, I love ALL beans, but I probably use black the most often. :)
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  51. Our latest kick is Great Northern Beans :)

  52. My favorite bean to cook/eat is black beans.

  53. We like kidney beans – chili style.

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  55. Black beans are my family’s fav!

  56. I guess I will have to say pintos, a family favorite, but I love black beans too. Oh, and white beans. 8)

  57. hi!! I ALWAYS try to put beans in everything my son eats. I love them! My son loves them too! Yay! Can’t wait to read this!

  58. Heather E. says:

    I feel the most comfortable with canned black beans but would love to be more informed about all the other beans and using dried beans.

  59. Heather E. says:

    I subscribe via google reader

  60. Heather E. says:

    I like Kitchen Stewardship on facebook!

  61. Heather E. says:

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  62. Pinto beans are my favorite! probably cuz they’re the only ones i know how to do anything wiht…. lol. i sooo need this book! haha. i’ll have to buy if i don’t win =)

  63. Definitely black beans.

  64. We really enjoy dried black eyed peas.

  65. I love black beans!

  66. I subscribe to your email. Love it! Thank you :)

  67. I “like” Kingdom First on facebook.

  68. Kathy Wolfe says:

    I love all beans but favorite is kidney beans. Would love to learn more!

  69. I love black beans!
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  71. I like Kingdom First Mom and Kitchen Stewartship on FB
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  72. I like you on FB.

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  74. Christine says:

    I don’t cook with beans much, so no favorite, but I have been thinking that I should! This would help.

  75. Christine says:

    I am also a subscriber.

  76. I cook with dried pinto beans all the time (just had them for supper with cornbread and potatoes) and I cook with dried white beans alot too. I like kidney beans in the can, I haven’t experimented with them dried.

  77. Please? I’ve always wanted to try this cookbook and ‘bean manual’ out!

  78. I like you, too, on FB!

  79. I love being a subscriber and getting your daily updates! Thank you for what you do!

  80. Pinto Beans. Eat them with cornbread – yummy!

  81. This book sounds great. I don’t have any experience cooking dried beans but my husband makes a mean pot of refried beans.

  82. My favorites are black beans, pinto, and black eyed. I like to cook black eyed fresh in the summer. They cook up fast!

  83. I don’t know what my favorite bean is…the only ones I can ever remember having are the ones in chili beans. I started to buy some different ones to try, but I don’t know how to cook them – I’ll start with that recipe on today’s post.

  84. already subscribed and have liked your fb page for quite some time now. Love it !! For a long time now, I have always soaked northern beans overnight for some awesome ham and bean soup. yummy !! Recently, I have also began soaking garbanzo beans (ckick peas) to make some great hummus !! Very easy and light on the pocketbook :)

  85. Ruth Hill says:

    I really like black bean brownies! I made them once and was quite amazed. I would just like to find a better recipe for them because my recipe wasn’t the greatest though it was good.
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  87. Black-Eyed Peas are my favorite! They are considered Good Luck to eat in African-American households during New Years – plus there is a tradition if you put some dried ones in your purse you will have financial prosperity! : )

  88. My favorite bean to cook and eat is black beans. Black beans and mexican rice, Texas caviar, etc. YUMMY!

  89. I love black beans in soup and burritos.

  90. I subscribe via google reader.

  91. I like chickpeas and black beans

  92. I follow by e-mail

  93. Charlotte says:

    I use pinto, kidney and chicka beans alot…usually as a meat sub. (I’ve done all the requirements for the book drawing…I would LOVE to be entered!!!!!

  94. My favorite bean is the pinto bean. I also like white, black, lentils, etc.

  95. I liked Kitchen Stewardship on facebook.

  96. Black beans lately, but we have a cabniet full of beans right now to use!!! This would be a great help!

  97. I liked Kingdom First Mom on facebook.

  98. I subscribed to your newsletter.

  99. Brenda Rhoads says:

    I favorite bean is the red bean just because its so versitile in the meals my family likes but I’ve really been enjoying the black bean lately.

  100. Brenda Rhoads says:

    I am an email subscriber.

  101. Brenda Rhoads says:

    I like both Kitchen Stewardship and KingdomFirstMom on Facebook.

  102. I follow you on facebook.

  103. I love to cook with Great Northern Beans, they are so versatile!

  104. Katherine says:

    Would love to learn more about cooking with beans. This book sounds great!

  105. Katherine says:

    I “like” both pages on FB!

  106. My husband is Ugandan & grew up eating lots of pinto beans. We cook lots of pinto beans, but we are very interested to learn more recipes to give us variety!

  107. I also ‘like’ both pages on FB. :-) All signed up for daily updates via e-mail, too. I enjoy the FB updates that I receive, now. Thank you!

  108. Beans are so healthy and my 15 year old daughter is a vegetarian so we eat quite a few. I always need new recipes! Can’t wait to get this book!

  109. The Prudent Homemaker says:

    We eat lot of beans at my house. A favorite–Hmm. I really like both white AND black beans!

  110. I have no idea how to cook with beans!! It would be VERY helpful as my family and I seek to be more frugal in our budget, not to mention eating healthier :)

  111. Elizabeth B says:

    I like cannellini beans!

  112. Elizabeth B says:

    I follow via RSS

  113. The recipe you included in the post sounds wonderful. We like most beans, but I would say my favorite is black beans. I like to add them to so many things (especially my daughter’s favorite dish – beef enchiladas – I like to use black beans in place of half the beef the recipe calls for). The book sounds like a great addition to my cookbooks!

  114. Wanda S. says:

    Being Hispanic, I grew up on pinto beans, and they will always be my favorite! However, my favorite soup ever is black bean soup from Cafe Express. I would love to learn how to replicate it!

  115. I would love to win this! Pretty much every recipe I make has beans in it. Great source of protein for a Vegetarian!

  116. I subscribe via RSS!

  117. I like Kingdom First Mom and Kitchen Stewardship on Facebook! :)

  118. Latoshia says:

    Pintos are a staple around here! Refried beans and rice, or on burritos, in dip, etc.

  119. Latoshia says:

    I like both on facebook!


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