Books & Beans

An autumnal recipe paired with a list of good reads...

The Easter break, given its duration and seasonal timing, seems to encourage taking the time to ground oneself before the rest of the year really takes on a pace. Allowing for slower days, and moments to reinvigorate the senses...

This long weekend, we are focusing on rest, nourishing our bodies with downtime. Initially created on a whim at our previous Tessuti shoot, we're excited to share this earthy cannellini bean recipe. It is lenient to adjustments in ingredients, depending on preferences and availability, and lends itself beautifully to either brunch, lunch, or as a side dish for dinner. To accompany such a task, we've also compiled a curated listening + reading list from our Tessuti team, including under the radar albums, inspiring podcasts, and luscious novels.

Smoked + Earthy Warm Bean Salad


1 can of organic cannellini beans
3 tbsp olive oil
3/4 teaspoons cumin seeds
1/2 tsp light brown sugar
3 garlic cloves, finely sliced
3 thyme sprigs
5 oregano sprigs
1 lemon, finely shave the skin of 1/2 to get 3 strips and finely grate the other to get 1/2 tsp zest
350g thick greek yoghurt
1 tsp chilli flakes
flaked sea salt
fresh black pepper
Serving Platters and Dinner Plates by Astier de Villatte.


Place drained beans in a bowl, add cumin, sugar, garlic, thyme. 3 sprigs of oregano leaves, lemon strips, 1/2 tsp flaked sea salt and a good grind of pepper.
Mix to combine. Fry to golden. Season to taste.

Combine yoghurt with grated lemon zest and 1/4 salt. Keep in the fridge until ready to serve. When ready to serve, spread chilled yoghurt over a platter, creating a dip in the centre. Spoon over hot beans along with juices.

Garnish with chilli and extra oregano leaves. Add another glug of olive oil over the beans.
Serve with some crunchy bread.

See our Ceviche recipe on the journal, here.

All My Mothers by Joanna Glen
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
— Paris Jazz Piano by Michel Legrand
The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O'Farrell
Homing In Podcast with Cath Kidson
— Arooj Aftab by Vulture Prince
Day by Michael Cunningham
— The Passing Scene by Leah Senior
Time Sensitive Podcast with Ilse Crawford
Reading images by Ophelia Mikkelson.
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