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.