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Magazine F: BEAN, No. 11

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Beans are a prime source of plant-based protein that have always appeared on lists of “superfoods.” Efficient to cultivate, these protein-rich crops have been farmed throughout history and used in ways that contributed greatly to human food culture. In big bean-consuming countries like Korea and China, beans become tofu, pastes, and sauces for daily consumption, and they enjoy a high status as a food staple alongside rice. Beans, having paved the way to development of fermentation techniques, are now applauded by world-renowned chefs as being a key ingredient to enhance flavor. Amid growing concerns over the environment and food security around the globe, beans serve an increasingly important role as an alternative to animal-based protein.
From its birthplace in Northeast Asia, the bean is important for everyday dishes in the Middle East and parts of South America. Relatively easy to grow and highly nutritious, this seed ingredient’s preperations  up have grown exponentially over the millennia. Surprisingly,  the bean has no religious, ideological, or environmental associations. Owing to this freedom, many predict that the ingredient will greatly influence the future of human food culture as an indispensable food source and promising ingredient substitution.

BEAN: TABLE OF CONTENTS

LETTER FROM F

AWAKENING

Role and significance of beans in contemporary times

IN BEIRUT

Beans as a unifying symbol of Lebanon

GARDEN OF BEANS

The traditional way of cultivating indigenous Lebanese beans

ACADEMIC MANUAL

Bean facts across history, traditions, and figures

FERMENTATION

Traditional fermented foods and iconic brands in Korea and China

F CUT

The moment when beans transform during fermentation

INTERVIEW

Riad Abou Ltaif : A chef exploring the ingredients and culinary heritage of Lebanon
Tony Lu : A chef embodying the pure flavors of vegetables in sophisticated dishes

ON THE TABLE

Bean dishes full of creativity and technique

USER SCENE

Practitioners of healthy and balanced lifestyles talk about beans

INTERVIEW

Alpha Sennon : An agri-activist and founder of Whyfarm talks about food security and agricultural education

PLANT-BASED FOOD

Leading brands in the plant-based food alternatives market

MARKET

The emerging blue ocean of processed bean-based food products

REFERENCES

Books and visual materials recommended by bean experts, chefs, and foodies