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Crescent Dragonwagon

Author of Home Place

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About the Author

Crescent Dragonwagon is the author of more than 50 books, seven of them cookbooks, including the James Beard Award-winning Passionate Vegetarian. She has grown more than 31 bean varieties and once had a cat named Beanblossom. She writes the blog Nothing Is Wasted on the Writer and lives in show more Westminster West, Vermont. show less
Image credit: Cornbread Gospels

Works by Crescent Dragonwagon

Home Place (1990) 479 copies
Passionate Vegetarian (2002) 436 copies
Bean by Bean (2012) 252 copies
The Cornbread Gospels (2007) 127 copies
I Hate My Brother Harry (1983) 39 copies
To Take a Dare (1982) — Author — 36 copies
Bat in the Dining Room (1997) 33 copies
Will It Be Okay? (1977) 32 copies
Winter Holding Spring (1990) 22 copies
The Commune Cookbook (1972) 19 copies
The Year It Rained (1985) 15 copies
Brass Button (1997) 14 copies
The Itch Book (1990) 14 copies
Jemima Remembers (1984) 13 copies
Always Always (1984) 12 copies
Wind Rose (1976) 12 copies
Is This a Sack of Potatoes? (2002) 10 copies
When light turns into night (1975) 10 copies
The bean book (1972) 9 copies
I Hate My Sister Maggie (1989) 8 copies
Diana, Maybe (1987) 8 copies
Katie in the Morning (1983) 6 copies
Your Owl Friend (1977) 6 copies
Strawberry Dress Escape (1975) 6 copies
If you call my name (1981) 5 copies
Coconut (1984) 4 copies
Stevie Wonder (1977) 3 copies
Dear Miss Moshki (1986) 1 copy


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This book is a 4.5 from me. More than a listing of recipes, Crescent Dragonwagon's writing style is conversational, personal, educational and informative. I've seen the strangest commentary from people who seem bewildered that a cookbook with the theme of beans included recipes for fresh string beans, that a vegetarian cookbook author's book about *beans* did not include more meat ("yet another vegetarian cookbook," he complains even though several of the *bean recipes* do include instructions for including meat), or that the recipes are "bland" despite including chile peppers, vinegars, handfuls of fresh herbs, and a number of condiments and sauces (harissa, chipotles in adobo sauce, mustard pickle) as ingredients.

This book was exactly what I was looking for in a bean-themed cookbook.
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Nikchick | 5 other reviews | Feb 14, 2023 |
A dark-haired, rosy-cheeked child asks an adult (her mother?) "Will it be okay?" "Yes, it will." "But what if..." Each scenario the child presents is met with gentle, honest reassurance. Even the big question - "But what if you die?" is answered directly: "My loving doesn't die. It stays with you." Beautiful and necessary.
JennyArch | Dec 23, 2022 |
Jerry Pinkney is one of my favorite illustrators. His talent is incredible! And, this book is no exception to his stellar artistry. Coming upon a chimney, made of stone with flowers grown round, a young girl and her parents wonder who lived in the edifice during the years of history. The author allows the reader to journey with her as we imagine the people who sat on the porch singing Amazing Grace, as chicken is frying in the pan. Upstairs, a young girl is brushing her long hair. And as the day ends, the storm approaches to cool the night air. And, as the rain comes down, the thunder claps and the lightening is loud.

If you are interested, here is a link that highlights many of the books that Pinkney wrote, and/or illustrated:

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Whisper1 | 5 other reviews | Jun 13, 2020 |



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