When we heard that Rancho Gordo was going to put out their very own cookbook, we were excited. Rancho Gordo singlehandedly changed the way we think about beans. Legumes went from mushy meal fill-ins to rich, robust, and mouthwatering stars of the show. We interviewed Rancho Gordo founder Steve Sando a couple years ago for The Kitchn, and his enthusiasm for heirloom beans and other New World foods is infectious; he just seems to be having so much fun with them.
But our love for heirloom beans isn't the only reason this book is notable. This book has one other direct connection to The Kitchn.