Biting Through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America’s Heartland   
University of Iowa Press, September 2013

“It should be noted that the recipe for the keema…had me combing the country for cardamom pods.” –New York Times Book Review

“Lush and Lyrical, Nina Mukerjee Furstenau’s memoir, Btiting through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America’s Heartland, blends foods and hcildhood, 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.” –Minneapolis Star Tribune

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5 Responses to Books

  1. Debbie Buettner says:

    Cannot wait to read the books! I baby sat Nina when she was 6.

  2. Alan Campbell says:

    16 Jan 2016

    Dear Mrs. Furstenau,

    I just finished reading “Biting Through the Skin” (I have already prepared the maacher-tarkari), and I enjoyed it very much. I appreciated your existential concern of being between two cultures, and I especially appreciated something from Crawford County: I lived in Girard from 1945 to 1949, and, in addition to vivid memories from my childhood, I also remembered one significant Crawford County cultural manifestation: Chicken Annie’s.

    Best wishes, Alan Campbell,, San Diego, CA

    • Dear Mr. Campbell,
      I am happy to hear you enjoyed Biting Through the Skin and the recipe for maacher-tarkari. Thank you for writing. It’s so fun to hear this, and to connect with someone who knows Girard and Chicken Annie’s!

  3. Alan Campbell says:

    Dear Mrs. Furstenau,

    It’s a rainy, cool day in San Diego (regardless of common claims, we really do have such days) so I followed your father’s lead and prepared khichuri for my wife and me. It was delicious and gratifying. Thanks for the recipe.

    Here’s a SE Kansas food story: the last time I visited MY hometown, Independence, (in 2006) I met a Thai woman named Naam Pruitt who was living there with her husband and two children and who had just published a cookbook of Thai recipes: Lemongrass and Limes.

    I thought you like to know that there are more people like you, introducing exciting foods to SE Kansas.

    Best, Alan Campbell,

    • Very fun! Thanks for letting me know about Lemongrass and Limes, Alan, and about your connection to SE Kansas. Glad you tried khichuri and hope it was comforting on your (rather rare, I still think) rainy San Diego day.
      All good wishes,

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