The New York Times has a brief review of Ken Albala's Beans: A History. I've started the book, but then got sidetracked. This review reminds me I need to put finishing this book on the top of my To Do list.
Unrelated to anything, I have made a musical podcast you may enjoy if you have a sense of humor. The Latin Soul or Boogaloo is an era a lot of serious Latin musicians would like to forget but I think it's a gas. Most of the lyrics were sung in English (and inane) but the music is really dance-able, especially if you are suspended from the ceiling by a cage, dressed in go-go boots. Listen to the podcast.