Real Women Eat Chiles Hardcover – Mar 1 2006
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About the Author
Jane Butel is the leading international authority on the cuisine of the American Southwest and Regional Mexican cooking. Known for her clear, easy to understand recipes and culinary instruction she has been recognized as the Best in the US by Gayot.com and one of the four best Cooking Schools in the World by "Bon Appetit" magazine.
She has authored 22 cookbooks, including many best sellers, hosted four television shows and national radio shows; conducts hands-on cooking schools, conducts culinary tours and sells her cookbooks on-line.
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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.
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.
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.