Green Chili and Other Impostors Cookbook Review

Green Chili and Other Impostors Cookbook Review

Title: Green Chili and Other Impostors Author: Nina Mukerjee Furstenau
Published: November 1, 2021, University of Iowa Press
No. of Pages: 240
Cover Price: $17.00 Paperback

Green chilies are used in dozens of types of cuisine, and most people love them. Nina Mukerjee Furstenau has included them in her cookbook Green Chili and Other Impostors. Most of the recipes have Indian nuances, and there are well-known recipes for curries and sauces that are mainstream Indian. Other recipes will most likely be new to cooks who are not familiar with Indian food. This cookbook does not include recipes for includes mostly Indian recipes, and many are tempting. They are written in standard form, so they are easy to follow. However, many are very involved and time consuming, so they aren’t for those cooks who want to get dinner on the table in a short period of time.

Making the recipes in the book are much easier if the cook has made a trip to an Indian or Asian grocery store, since many of the ingredients are not well known, and not available at regular grocery stores. The book includes recipes for all kinds of great things that can be made with green chilies, including appetizers, mains, vegetarian, soups and stews, and desserts. The main drawback is that there is not even one photograph. With dishes that aren’t familiar to mainstream cooks, this is significant. In this modern age when photographs are very easy to include, there is no excuse for leaving them out.

The prose in the book at the beginning of each chapter is interesting and gives insight to chilies, history of chilies, and insight into some of the dishes. Some of the writing is clever, and this is one that is interesting enough to curl up and just read for the learning value. This cookbook is one for those who like a bit of heat in their food and don’t mind not knowing what the finished dishes should look like.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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