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Cook the Book: Lentil and Eggplant Chili Mole

I had an inkling that the combination of eggplant and cocoa in this Lentil and Eggplant Chili Mole from Isa Chandra Moskowitz's Appetite for Reduction was just crazy enough to work.

I mean, sure, on paper chocolate plus eggplant sounds like a recipe for disaster, or at least part of a mystery basket from an episode of Chopped but when you add the word mole, things start to make more sense.

Once blended with all of the other spices that go into this mole-inspired vegan chili, the cocoa lends a rich, dark backbone of flavor, a depth that when combined with the slow-cooked eggplant chunks lends a meatiness to the dish. On the grand scale of vegan and vegetarian chili making, this one is quite satisfying with hearty lentils and eggplant and a great spice that's complemented by a few teaspoons of agave nectar swirled in at the end.

As always with our Cook the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of Appetite for Reduction to give away this week.

Adapted from Appetite for Reduction. Copyright © 2010. Published by Da Capo Lifelong Books. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.

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