Green Chili & Other Impostors
Follow a food trail and you’ll find yourself crisscrossing oceans. Join author Nina Mukerjee Furstenau as she picks through lost tastes with recipes as codes to everything from political resistance to comfort food and much more. Pinpoint the entry of the Portuguese in India by following green chili trails; find the origins of limes; trace tomatoes and potatoes in India to the Malabar Coast; consider what makes a food, or even a person, foreign and marvel how and when they cease to be.
Savor Missouri: River Hills Food and Wine
Travel the back roads of Missouri's river hill country in search of homegrown regional foods, wines and more. Join Nina Mukerjee Furstenau as she follows the Mississippi, Missouri and Meramec rivers (with some tributaries in-between), and stop at wonderful roadside restaurants, wineries, orchards, bakeries and farms for the tasteful array of Missouri flavors. Recipes included!
Chillies, Chhana & Rasa:
Heritage Foods of Bengal
Chillies, Chhana & Rasa, like Green Chili & Other Impostors is more than a cookbook—it traces the vastly rich culinary heritage of Bengal. The book, the Indian version of Green Chili & Other Impostors, is published by the wonderful Aleph Book Company in New Delhi, and tells the story of how the region has assimilated recipes and ingredients from all around the world to create some of Bengal’s best-known dishes. The reader will travel along chili trails to the seaports of Portugal, journey with the legendary gondhoraj lemon to the rest of the world, and discover mouth-watering Bengali recipes— some classics, others lesser-known delights.
Biting through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America’s Heartland
MFK Fisher Book Award Winner
At once a traveler’s tale, a memoir, and a mouthwatering cookbook, Biting through the Skin offers a first-generation immigrant’s perspective on growing up in America’s heartland. Author Nina Mukerjee Furstenau shares her recipes and a great deal more, inviting readers to join her on her journey toward herself and toward a vital sense of food as culture and the mortar of community. (MFK Fisher Book Award, Grand Prize Award for Culinary/Culture Writing, Les Dames d'Escoffier International, Kansas Notable Book)
Tasty! Mozambique: a Feed the Future project
Nina Mukerjee Furstenau has created a low-literacy legume recipe collection for small holder farmers in Mozambique. The recipes were developed with a group of seven women farmers from the country's central region and take aim at childhood physical and mental stunting due to low protein diets. The women's lives are highlighted and their foodstory is celebrated with delicious dishes using more protein in the mix.
It should be noted that the recipe for the keema... had me combing the county for cardamom pods. Her food memoir, though, is less concerned with the proper amount of ginger in the dal than it is with the classic immigrant’s search for belonging.
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Lush and lyrical, Nina Mukerjee Furstenau’s memoir, Biting Through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America’s Heartland, blends food and childhood, cuisine and family into a story that resonates and lingers like the spices she lovingly describes.
KANSAS CITY STAR
A beautiful and sensitive memoir—with recipes!—about life in Kansas for a Bengali family. Furstenau found the balance between cultures not in language or religion or dress. Instead, it came through food.
Nina Mukerjee Furstenau is a journalist, author, and editor of the FoodStory book series for the University of Iowa Press. She was a Fulbright Global research scholar (2018-19), is on the board of directors for Media for Change, and has won the MFK Fisher Book Award, the Grand Prize Award for Culture/Culinary Writing from Les Dames d'Escoffier International, a Kansas Notable Book award, and more.
Green Chili & Other Impostors (Chilies, Chhana and Rasa in India), her most recent work was published in October 2021 in the U.S. and December 2021 in India. Other published works include the award-wining book, Biting Through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America's Heartland, as well as Tasty! Mozambique, Savor Missouri: River Hills Country Food and Wine, and numerous stories and essays for newspapers and magazines. She engages as a speaker at conferences such as NonfictionNow, Unbound Book, Iowa City Book Festival, Food, Fork and Pen, and more.
Furstenau served in the U.S. Peace Corps (1984-86) and was one of its delegates for the U.N. World Conference on Women in Nairobi, Kenya. She was director of Food Systems Communication for the University of Missouri's Science and Agricultural Journalism program (2010-2018), and completed food/nutrition projects in Ghana and Mozambique for USAID and the McKnight Foundation. She was editor, then publisher of three business magazines, has served as a judge for national journalism competitions such as the James Beard Media Awards, the Lowell Thomas Travel Writing competition, and others. Furstenau received an M.A. in English/creative writing and bachelor's in magazine journalism from the Missouri School of Journalism.