Nina Mukerjee Furstenau’s writing is “lush and lyrical” (Kansas City Star) and her memoir, Biting Through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America’s Heartland, “blends foods and childhood, cuisine and family into a story that resonates and lingers like the spices she lovingly describes.” Her memoir won the Grand Prize as well as the 2014 MFK Fisher Book Award from Les Dames d’Esscoffier International for food and culture writing, and, “It should be noted that the recipe for the keema…had me combing the country for cardamom pods.” (New York Times Book Review)