I like single-topic books like this one because I feel like if I really study it, I can master, or near-master a technique or ingredient. That seems like progress! This book is filled with ideas for using simple, fresh ingredients to create delicious dishes. I'm drawn to the idea of adding more beans to my diet because of it. Wish I had more access locally to the heirloom beans Sando describes, but there is always mail order.
I love this book because I absolutely adore Rancho Gordo beans and have a drawer full of different beautiful heirlooms in my kitchen. Reading the book made me put more thought into new ways to incorporate beans into my meals (instead of just cooking a pot and using them to accompany a dish rather than be the heart of the dish). Steve Sando's story is great and it is fun to read about each bean.
Oh wow! I adore this one. The Garlicky Kale and Cranberry Bean Bruschetta is phenomenal, and so is the Yellow Indian Woman Beans and Bulgur Salad with Preserved Lemons. They are in heavy rotation at our place. This book is definitely a classic, in my opinion.