Growing and Cooking Beans by John E. Withee. Written by the late John Withee over 30 years ago. Originally written in 1980, still contains John’s passion and knowledge. Follow the planting, growing, harvesting, storing and cooking of heirloom beans as seen through the eyes of an experienced horticulturalist and collector of heirloom beans. Recipes for dips, soups, side dishes, main dishes.