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About ninafurstenau

Nina Mukerjee Furstenau teaches a Food and Wine Writing for the University of Missouri Science and Agriculture Journalism program and the MU School of Journalism School. Her book, Biting Through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America's Heartland was the winner of the MFK Fisher Book Award and Grand Prize Award for culinary/culture writing and designated as a Kansas Notable Book. She has also written Savor Missouri: River Hill Country Food and Wine, celebrating Missouri foodways. Her essay, "And Then There Was Rum Cake," appears in the 2017 anthology, Pie & Whiskey: Writer's Under the Influence of Butter and Booze. Ms. Furstenau was in the Peace Corps in Tunisia from 1984 to 1986 and then began working life as a journalist and publisher/editor of three construction magazines beginning in 1987. Ms. Furstenau and her husband launched and published these magazines and two others until 2001. She was a month-long resident at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, in 2008.

Ciao Italia!

COLUMBIA, Missouri — The MU food writers are hitting the trail for Florence and Siena, Italy. I am excited to say that seven journalists–Chole Castelberry, Breckyn Crocker, Molly Curry, Christine Jackson, Elizabeth Johnson, Claire Lardizabal and Faith Vickery–are joining my … Continue reading

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Veggies on the mind

In Chomoio, Mozambique, the beans are popular in the local market– speckled ones, cream-colored kidney beans, and others. Word has it, small black beans, maybe red ones, too, can be found.. But the Portuguese man we met at lunch, the … Continue reading

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Opposites attract, even in taste buds

In the run-up to my trip to Mozambique to work on a protein project in the central and then northern regions of the country, a friend sent a link to the article: Science has Figured Out the Simple Reason Why … Continue reading

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Not just another hot curry

In the time it takes to lick your lips at the dinner table–over corn on the cob, or chicken tikka masala, tacos or bratwurst–all sorts of boundaries are met, sometimes crossed, often shared. My interest in food writing stems from … Continue reading

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A particular hope

A Peace Corps friend, Michelle Doyle, posted that today is the 29th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. She remembers her teacher-counterparts telling her and crying. We were all in Tunisia that year. All of us, I have no … Continue reading

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Biting into food culture

I’m getting practice cooking in front of people. What a lift to see this article on my book in the Columbia Tribune today! ( Food editor Marcia Vanderlip and photographer Vivian Agagiu were fun visitors to my kitchen at the … Continue reading

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A culinary/literary event

It’s been some time since I’ve put a blog out. This makes me sheepish. It’s every day reasons that really don’t hold water because it’s been a great year with lots to write about. But here’s an event put together … Continue reading

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