Humble beans are the true MVPs of the kitchen. They have a long shelf life, are packed with protein, and best of all, they taste great in a wide variety of applications. This collection of 20 foolproof recipes gives beans their due, putting them center stage in recipes such as Ultracreamy Hummus (you've never had homemade hummus this velvety-smooth) and White Bean and Tuna Salad (two pantry-friendly ingredients come together for a dish that's greater than the sum of its parts). We share the secrets to making light and crispy Falafel as well as irresistible soups and sides. Whether you're looking for breakfast inspiration (our recipe for Scrambled Eggs with Pinto Beans and Cotija Cheese delivers tender eggs with a mildly spicy kick), internationally inspired mains such as Palak Dal (Spinach Dal with Cumin and Mustard Seeds) and Tuscan Shrimp and Beans, or hearty vegetarian dishes such as Black Bean Burgers and Meatless "Meat" Sauce with Chickpeas and Mushrooms, this collection gives you 20 great reasons to put beans on the menu.