Today, when a typical gathering of family or friends will include both vegetarians and meateaters, meatless chili takes away the guesswork: It's a surefire favorite with the former, but it's also robust enough for the latter. Robertson serves up a tasty invitation to explore just how much variety and invention you can stir into the chili pot, and what splendid results you'll get when you do so. These are chilis with personality, whether they are made substantial with avocados, roasted root vegetables, couscous, or a variety of melted cheeses, or seasoned with brown sugar, ginger, jalapenos, or even beer or bourbon. Here are chilis made with lentils or chickpeas, red beans, black beans, or fava beans. Here are great American regional chilis along with a bounty of ethnic and international creations; chilis that stick close by their traditional tomato-and-bean roots and chilis that take us into entirely new territory; sedately mild chilis and fervent, fiery ones. There's even a whole chapter on dishes, like Chili Burritos, Chili-Stuffed Squash, and Potato-Chili Gratin, that use chili as the main ingredient. Never before has a dish so easy to make seemed so sumptuously flavorful or so rich with possibility.