The cranberry bean is the definitive creamy, buttery, savory bean. Its texture is unparalleled. I cannot buy enough of these to satisfy my affection. This method for cooking fresh cranberry beans came from Toby Aarons, whom I worked with at the Union Square farmers’ market (for Tim Stark at Eckerton Hill Farms) the same summer I went to France and just before Diner. She got this recipe from Marcella Hazan (who got it from her husband’s housekeeper) and showed me just how she does it. I believe this is the best preparation for beans on record.