You don't have to get on a plane to taste one of the glories of Brazilian cooking... or a bubbling cassoulet from Southwest France... or a Tuscan soup that tastes like somebody's grandmother made it. Beans can take you there.
With dry beans in the pantry, you have a passport to travel the globe. In kitchens the world over, cooks start the day by soaking beans. Later, they add the ingredients that stamp the beans with the signature of their place — from salt cod in Portugal or paprika in Spain to epazote in Mexico, cumin in Cuba or a ham bone in America's Deep South. For chefs and home cooks, dry beans open a window to the world.
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