In her new cookbook “Vegan Beans from Around the World,” Brooklyn-based pastry chef and cook Kelsey Kinser presents 75 adventurous recipes for nutritious and flavorful dishes that feature a key ingredient: beans. Kinser was inspired to compile this book as she recognized that beans are an important part of everyone’s diet—not just vegans and vegetarians. They are packed with protein, vitamins, minerals and flavor, making them the perfect base for countless meals.
Among the recipes included are a green bean casserole, chana masala, Greek lentil salad, samosas, southwestern chili, chickpea cupcakes and more. “I have an entirely new appreciation for the almighty—yet still humble—legume,” explains Kinser. “Inexpensive, healthy, delicious, and appreciated the whole world over, beans are a universal language. What more can you ask for?”
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Kelsey Kinser grew up in South Florida and dreamed of traveling to many distant lands. First, however, she went to Chicago, where she attended the renowned French Pastry School before moving to New York City, where she worked her way up to become a pastry chef in a popular group of restaurants. She took a year off from the city life to travel throughout Europe, where she worked in restaurants in France, Spain, and Greece. She currently resides and works in Brooklyn.