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Mapo tofu: chili of China, comfort food of many. Here's how to make it at home.

Today brothers Max and Eli Sussman have popped up on Food Republic to coincide with the release of their third cookbook, Classic Recipes for Modern People. Here is one of their favorite Szechuan classics, mapo tofu, which is much easier to make than you would think.  

Mapo tofu is Max’s desert-island meal. As in, if you had to live on a desert island and could have only one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be? That question doesn’t make any sense. How could you be stuck on a desert island with a lifetime supply of mapo tofu, or any other dish, for that matter? Totally illogical question, same honest answer: mapo tofu.

Reprinted with permission from Classic Recipes for Modern People