These are ancient foods and ones that comes in endless variety, sizes and shapes. Beans and grains have nourished humans since the beginning of written history, and, when in the hands of a chef or an experienced cookbook writer, they reach glorious heights. The noodle is created by man, having risen almost spontaneously in different areas of the world, but that which we call pasta is our favorite variety, so popular that we can almost believe that there is a spaghetti tree. Beans, grain, pasta dressed with an infinite variety of toppings, from vegetables to meats, can be the mainstay of a diet that is healthy and nutritious. Combing of beans and grains is another world-wide practice, and one that ensures a great amount of protein if on a vegetarian diet. Enjoy the creations below - they are the gift to us from the chefs, from the cookbooks that adorn our bookshelves.