Nina Mukerjee Furstenau

Nina Mukerjee Furstenau, is a journalist, author, and editor of the Foodstory book series for the University of Iowa Press. A Fulbright Global Scholar 2018-19, she is the author of Biting Through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America’s Heartland, which won the MFK Fisher Book Award, as well as the Grand Prize LDEI award in 2014. Her book, Green Chili & Other Impostors (Chillies, Chhana, and Rasa in India) is forthcoming in November 2021. Her other works include: Savor Missouri: River Hills Country Food and Wine; Tasty! Mozambique, a low-literacy cookbook for small holder female farmers aimed at alleviating childhood stunting in Africa; articles for publications such as the Atlanta Journal Constitution; and essays such as "And Then There was Rum Cake," which appeared in Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter and Booze. Nina teaches and speaks about food and identity, food history, food journalism, and how cultures entwine over food. She is a former Peace Corps volunteer in Tunisia, and past director of food systems communication at the University of Missouri Science and Agricultural Journalism program.

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