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Real Women Eat Chiles [Hardcover]

Jane Butel

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Book Description

March 1 2006
Real women who love to eat chiles to say healthy and spice up their lives are celebrated in this distinctive cookbook. Jane Butel, the Queen of Chiles and founder of a uniquely American cuisine, has created more than 120 delicious, low-calorie recipes showcased here with vibrant photography. Jane Butel's fantastic recipes are accompanied by a lively discussion of the origins of chiles and their curative properties. The book is interspersed with profiles of real women who have the healthy habit of eating chiles. Some of these women were born into chile cultures; others acquired a taste for the spicy fruits while living abroad. All of them use the chile to enliven meals, and some have even made careers out of the chile-based cuisine. Meet these real women and read about their interesting affinities to chiles while you try Jane Butel's innovative recipes, such as Green Chile Corn Chowder or Black Bean and Goat Cheese Chalupitas.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Cooper Square Publishing Llc (March 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873588975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873588973
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 21 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 885 g

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5.0 out of 5 stars Really great! April 3 2006
By Armchair Interviews - Published on Amazon.com
Calling all real women! If you love good food with ingredients that will contribute to your health and give the dishes a bit of a kick, Real Women Eat Chiles by Jane Butel is definitely a cookbook you'll want to own.

Real Women Eat Chiles is not just a cookbook. It features profiles of women who regularly include chiles in their diet. For those people who are curious and enjoy information of any kind, there is an intriguing section about the origins and curative properties of chiles.

Each recipe is accompanied by an approximate cooking time and dietary explanation. The reader is given the per serving calorie count, protein, carbohydrate grams, fiber content, saturated fat amount, cholesterol and sodium content. This information alone makes the book worth the price.

Real Women Eat Chiles is published by Northland Publishing in Flagstaff, Arizona. They publish some of the finest and most beautiful books I read. And Real Women Eat Chiles is no exception. The photography is stunning. It gives the book an art-book feel.

But the recipes themselves are scrumptious. I had no idea that chiles could be used in so many delectable dishes, including desserts. I'm a convert. While I don't like to cook, I love to eat and I am using this cookbook and having so much fun.

Some of my favorite recipes are: Chicken Rice Salad with Halapeno Lime Cream Dressing. The name says it all. The Beef Enchilada Bake takes about twenty minutes and is simply delicious. The Chicken Chilaquiles con Salsa is my new favorite dish. It's scrumptious, fast and looks so appealing. My husband thought I'd spent hours in the kitchen. I'm sticking to the story.

There's a vegetarian section that meat eaters will also gravitate to. And check out the Breakfast Wrap. For all of us who are "on the run," it's perfect.

But it is the dessert section that made my heart go pitter-pat. Yes, desserts with chiles! Oh, there are so many! The Banana Oatmeal Cookies, Berry Blast, and the Spicy Broiled Pineapple are to die for! But, if you want a treat, try the Spicy Hot Chocolate Mousse because real women eat chiles, but they also eat chocolate.

Armchair Interviews says: Real Women Eat Chiles is a must-have, must-use cookbook.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cookbook of more than 120 chile-based recipes May 8 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
World famous culinary author Jane Butel presents Real Women Eat Chiles, a cookbook of more than 120 chile-based recipes, with a sprinkling of profiles of women who engage in the healthy habit of eating chiles. Some were born into cultures that embrace chile; others acquired a taste for chiles while traveling abroad. Deliciously spicy dishes range from Grilled Veggie Bites with Spring Salsa to Beef Enchilada Bake, Tamale-Style Catfish, Shrimp Salad Burrito, and Spicy Hot Chocolate Mousse. Easy-to-follow instructions, cooking tips, color photographs, and nutritional information of the calories, protein, carbohydrates, fiber, fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium per serving of each recipe round out this "must-have" guide for anyone interested in cooking with chile peppers.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A celebration of Women who eat Chilies Dec 13 2006
By Dari B. Wayne - Published on Amazon.com
I am an individual who not only uses cook books but actually reads them from cover to cover. Jane Butel's latest offering, Real Women Eat Chilies" is one of those cookbooks that you will want to sit down and read like a novel. Not only does she provide a colorful romp and education into the world of chilies but also shares personal glimpses into "real women" like you and me who make chilies a part of their daily diet. From rock climbers, teachers, doctors, artists, and others, these women share why and how they make chilies part of their eating habits.

Recipes are easy to read and all list a breakdown of serving information from calories, fats, fiber, etc. Where so often this type of "target" book may be limiting in its offerings, Chilies offers many recipes that are easy to prepare and most notably are NOT NECESSARILY HOT. So readers, do not let the word chilies scare you away. This is a must for anyones cook book collection.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REAL WOMEN EAT CHILES -- A Materpiece by a HIghly Skilled, World Famous Cookbook Author Nov. 29 2006
By 'MaryLou Cheatham - Published on Amazon.com
Jane Butel's new cookbook, REAL WOMEN EAT CHILES, is a treasure to be savored. The delightful book jacket is a work of art covering an equally artistic book cover. The book has delicious layers of visual enjoyment, which lead to further pleasures as Jane leads her readers to contemplate the benefits of eating chile. It is necessary to look at each exquisite photograph before moving through the book.

The vibrant photographs include attention-grabbing close-ups of chile peppers and superb photographs of chile dishes prepared with elegant presentation. The pictures and articles portray a parade of chile women, such as Barbara Richardson, the first lady of New Mexico, who loves green chiles, and Dara Marks-Marino, a professional mountain bike rider, who says that chiles give her an adrenalin rush similar to the one she gets when she descends a gnarly trail. The picture of the "Salsitas", who were empowered by their school project of sharing salsa recipes, reaches out to the readers of the cookbook to inspire all women to celebrate their lives and achievements.

Enlightening information makes the book valuable reading matter. Here are some examples:

--Eating chiles stimulates the oxygen in the body.

--Consuming capasicin produces an endorphin rush.

--Eating chiles can reduce stress and pain.

Nutritional information about the recipes is provided on each page. Thumbing through the recipes, the reader will be sure to find dozens of complex-appearing dishes made simple. There are more than 120 recipes to entice many types of palates. Pizza, wraps, desserts, salsa, seafood, pasta, chowder, steak - the variety is surprising. Who would have imagined chile could be prepared so many ways?

Having co-authored a cookbook primarily about a single food item, THE COLLARD PATCH, I am aware of the challenges and satisfactions that writing a book such as REAL WOMEN EAT CHILES can bring to the author. Jane Butel has written and produced a beautiful book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good recipe book March 12 2014
By Dorothy Sandoval - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved it, especially the photos. Good job Jane! The book was just like new. and came as you promised

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