The Chile Chronicles: Tales of a New Mexico Harvest

The Chile Chronicles: Tales of a New Mexico Harvest

by Carmella Padilla
     
 

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The Chile Chronicles is a colorful visual and cultural tour through the fields, homes, and markets of New Mexico, exploring the lives and livelihoods that depend on this famous food. It documents twelve farms and farm families and the trials and triumphs of those who both depend upon and preserve this unique way of life. Just as the grape is central to the

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The Chile Chronicles is a colorful visual and cultural tour through the fields, homes, and markets of New Mexico, exploring the lives and livelihoods that depend on this famous food. It documents twelve farms and farm families and the trials and triumphs of those who both depend upon and preserve this unique way of life. Just as the grape is central to the Napa and Loire Valleys, the chile is inseparable from the landscape of New Mexico. Long chile ristras, the smell of roasting chile, lush irrigated fields dotted with red, spicy hot posole, and green chile stew continue to attract newcomers and sustain a four-century tradition that is still going strong. New Mexico chile is enjoyed and savored nationally. It is a $300-million industry that involves science, economics, and enterprise. It is this fascinating tension between culture and commerce, history and progress that nurtures the chile phenomenon. With over 175 color photographs, The Chile Chronicles takes the reader on a splendid tour along the Rio Grande Valley, from the vast pepper fields of the south to the boutique chile farms of the north, all the while tying the present chile boom to the traditions that root it to New Mexico's past.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780890133507
Publisher:
Museum of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
08/28/1997
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
10.04(w) x 9.48(h) x 0.37(d)

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Meet the Author

Carmella Padilla is an award-winning journalist and author of numerous books including El Rancho de las Golondrinas: Living History in New Mexico's La Ciénega Valley and Low 'n Slow: Lowriding in New Mexico (both published by Museum of New Mexico Press). Her articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Albuquerque Tribune, Albuquerque Journal, Dallas Morning News, and other important publications. In addition to her writing skills, Ms. Padilla is also an accomplished public relations/marketing specialist.

Jack Parsons is a photographer with a long career of documenting the cultures and landscapes of the Southwest. His photographs are included in numerous publications including El Rancho de las Golondrinas: Living History in New Mexico's La Ciénega Valley, Low 'n Slow: Lowriding in New Mexico, and Spanish New Mexico: The Spanish Colonial Arts Society Collection (all published by Museum of New Mexico Press).

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