Nina Mukerjee Furstenau with Ann Lemons Pollack - Green Chili and Other Imposters

Wednesday, October 27, 12pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page


Left Bank Books welcomes Missouri author & M. F. K. Fisher Grand Prize for Excellence in Culinary Writing award-winning author
Nina Mukerjee Furstenau,
who will discuss her exploration of food history, 
Green Chili and Other Imposters,
on our Facebook Live Page at 12pm (noon) CT on October 27th.
Johnson will be in conversation with beloved St. Louis food writer
Ann Lemons Pollack.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!


About Green Chili and Other Imposters

Follow a food trail and you'll find yourself crisscrossing oceans. Join M. F. K. Fisher Grand Prize for Excellence in Culinary Writing award-winning 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.

Food history is a world heritage story that has all the drama of a tense thriller or maybe a mystery. Whose food is it? Who gets to tell its tale? Respect for food history might tame the accusations of appropriation, but what is at stake as food traditions and biodiversity ebb away is the great, and not always good, story of us.

"A compelling book with a remarkable mix of history, personal insights, and a genuine investment in making connections across continents, generations, and disciplines. I loved its wonderfully eclectic mix of themes, in terms of ingredients, communities, and historical traditions."--Jayanta Sengupta, director, Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata, India

"Early on in Furstenau's book, a sentence gave me pause: 'We have tired soils.' Given what you learn of her appreciation for the natural world, her pride and curiosity in all things food and culture, I could just as easily imagine myself reflecting on the state of the world and reading this as, 'We have tired souls.' But Furstenau also offers us a healing. Look around you, see who you are, where you come from, where you have made your home, and especially see, smell, taste, understand, and savor what you eat. I was mesmerized by this ambitious book--a blend of memoir, research, and food lore--from start to finish. From inside her farmhouse kitchen in Missouri to the home of a traditional cheesemaker outside Kolkata, from the fishpond in her grandmother's garden to the tea gardens of Makaibari, I walked with the author as she took me to multiple flavor-rich worlds."--Sayantani Dasgupta, author, Women Who Misbehave


About our Speakers

Nina Mukerjee Furstenau is author of Biting through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America's Heartland (Iowa, 2013), winner of the 2014 M. F. K. Fisher Grand Prize for Excellence in Culinary Writing. She lives in Columbia, Missouri.

Ann Lemons Pollack has been writing about food a good while, but not so long that she remembers all the restaurants in Lost Restaurants of St. Louis. She's reviewed restaurants, written cooking columns and traveled for food, and she was daring enough to cook for and then marry the restaurant critic of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Joe Pollack. Together, they wrote three guidebooks to St. Louis food and many food and travel stories. Ann carries on the tradition and is currently found monthly in and online at St. Louis Magazine and on her blog, stlouiseats.typepad.com, where she also writes about theater. She is also the author of Iconic Restaurants of St. Louis which came out in November 2020.


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Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 12:00pm
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