Beans and Field Peas

a Savor the South cookbook

By Sandra A. Gutierrez

134 pp., 5.5 x 8.5, index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-7440-7
    Published: February 2023
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-4497-2
    Published: October 2015
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-2395-5
    Published: September 2015
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-2396-2
    Published: October 2015

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Awards & distinctions

Grand prize winner, M.F.K. Fisher Award for Excellence in Culinary Writing, Les Dames d'Escoffier International

A Knoxville Mercury Best Cookbook of 2015

Robust and delicious, beans and field peas have graced the tables of southerners for generations, making daily appearances on vegetable plates, sideboards, and lunch counters throughout the region. Indeed, all over the world, people rich, poor, or in between rely on legumes, the comforting "culinary equalizer," as Sandra A. Gutierrez succinctly puts it. Her collection of fifty-one recipes shines a fresh light on this sustaining and infinitely varied staple of ordinary life, featuring classic southern, contemporary, and international dishes. Gutierrez, who delights with culinary history, cultural nuance, and entertaining stories, observes that what has long been a way of life for so many is now trendy. As the farm-to-fork movement has taken off, food lovers are revisiting the heirloom varieties of beans and peas, which are becoming the nutrition-packed darlings of regional farmers, chefs, and home cooks. Celebrating all manner of southern beans and field peas--and explaining the difference between the two--Gutierrez showcases their goodness in dishes as simple as Red Beans and Rice, as contemporary as Mean Bean Burgers with Chipotle Mayo, and as globally influenced as Butter Bean Risotto.

About the Author

Sandra A. Gutierrez is the author of Latin American Street Food and The New Southern–Latino Table. A well-known culinary instructor, she lives in Cary, North Carolina.
For more information about Sandra A. Gutierrez, visit the Author Page.


“A sharp collection of slim, single-subject volumes exploring Southern food."—The New York Times

"Conveying the passion southerners feel for these gems of the garden, Sandra Gutierrez delivers a glorious selection of recipes to tempt us all. She has beautifully addressed both the magnitude and mysteries of her subject, and the book will find an eager audience among southern food enthusiasts old and new and also among readers outside the region who are discovering the diversity of traditional peas and beans and looking for new, delicious ways to use them. I am delighted to have this book in my kitchen so I can join in the fun."--Ronni Lundy, author of Butter Beans to Blackberries: Recipes from the Southern Garden

"Sandra Gutierrez's delightful and authoritative book puts beans and peas right at the center of good cooking, be it traditional or up to the culinary minute. Something delicious for everyone who craves real food."--Nathalie Dupree, coauthor of Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking

"Accomplished cookbook writer Sandra Gutierrez provides insight into a staple food cherished not only in the American South but also around the world. She helps cooks understand the many cultures that cook with beans and peas. A valuable entry in the Savor the South cookbook collection."--Kathleen Purvis, author of Pecans: A Savor the South Cookbook

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Listen: Sandra Gutierrez and Bill Smith talk to WUNC's The State of Things about their Savor the South® cookbooks Beans and Field Peas and Crabs and Oysters. (9/1/2015, running time 19:51)