The Complete Chile Pepper Book: A Gardener's Guide to Choosing, Growing, Preserving, and Cooking [NOOK Book]

Overview

Chile peppers are hot — in every sense of the word. They add culinary fire to thousands of dishes from a variety of cuisines and inspire near-fanatical devotion in those who have succumbed to their incendiary charms. In this comprehensive book, world chile experts Dave DeWitt and Paul W. Bosland have assembled all the information that anyone with an interest in chile peppers could ever hope to find.

Detailed profiles of the 100 most popular ...
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The Complete Chile Pepper Book: A Gardener's Guide to Choosing, Growing, Preserving, and Cooking

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Overview

Chile peppers are hot — in every sense of the word. They add culinary fire to thousands of dishes from a variety of cuisines and inspire near-fanatical devotion in those who have succumbed to their incendiary charms. In this comprehensive book, world chile experts Dave DeWitt and Paul W. Bosland have assembled all the information that anyone with an interest in chile peppers could ever hope to find.

Detailed profiles of the 100 most popular chile varieties include information on how to grow chiles; how to diagnose and remedy problems, pests, and diseases; and post-harvest processing and preservation.

The book culminates in 85 mouth-watering recipes that make brilliant use of both the characteristic heat of chile peppers and of their more subtle flavor qualities.

Want to know what the hottest chile pepper in the world is? You'll find it in the fascinating story of 'Bhut Jolokia', acknowledged by Guinness World Records as the fieriest chile on earth. Confused about the identity of those chile peppers you bought? The authors' clear photographs and precise descriptions will clear up the mystery. The Complete Chile Pepper Book is the only guide to chiles you'll ever need. It's a scorcher.

Visit the authors' Web site, fiery-foods.com, for recipes, articles, and more information on chile peppers.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
While the world might not need another book on chili peppers, this one is a great addition to the existing choices. Coauthors of The Pepper Garden, DeWitt (owner, Sunbelt Shows; The Chile Pepper Encyclopedia) and Bosland (horticulture, New Mexico State Univ.), discoverer of the world's hottest chili pepper, have compiled an informative and visually appealing resource for all your chili pepper needs. Featuring a plethora of vibrant color photographs and illustrations, this well-written book covers the history, varieties, cultivation, and preserving of chili peppers. Seventy-five pages of recipes such as Dante's Martini from Hell as well as main dishes and even desserts add to the appeal. VERDICT This is a nicely done work that will fit well within any culinary or gardening collection and will appeal to both the novice and the expert gardener. Recommended.—Lisa A. Ennis, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham Lib.
Chicago Tribune
“A narrow topic, you say? Not with the 100 top varieties covered and 85 convincing reasons for embracing more than just our beloved jalapenos and serranos.”
Austin Chronicle
"If one must only have one book on chiles, this should be it."
Sunset's "Fresh Dirt" blog
"This book will be the standard reference on chile peppers for a long time to come. I give it my three-chile rating, which translates as hot-hot-hot."
LibraryThing
"This is the most comprehensive chile pepper book I've seen."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604691399
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 406,927
  • File size: 16 MB
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Meet the Author

Paul W. Bosland appeared in Guinness World Records of 2006 for discovering the world’s hottest chile pepper, ‘Bhut Jolokia’. A regents professor of horticulture at New Mexico State University, he has released more than 30 cultivated varieties. Bosland leads the chile pepper breeding and genetic research program at NMSU where he directs the university’s Chile Pepper Institute. He also serves as chairman of the annual New Mexico Chile Conference. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Dave DeWitt has written or coauthored more than 30 books on peppers and has edited two magazines on the subject. He has been a radio announcer and television producer, and appeared on national television. He is an adjunct associate professor at New Mexico State University, where he has endowed the Dave DeWitt Food History Collection at the NMSU Library. His media company has produced the annual National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show since 1988. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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  • Posted March 15, 2010

    A Must-Have for any Chili Pepper Fan

    My wife got me this book as a gift. She did not go wrong. I am a chili-head, and I know (or at least thought I knew) a lot about chili peppers. I apparently didn't know the half of it. This book is amazingly full of details and information. Besides just a list of the general varieties and habitats, it gives detailed instructions for cultivating, including spotting and treating diseases that could hurt your plant. One could nearly become a full fledged pepper farmer on this book alone. It also lists a few recipes and even canning instructions. If you are someone who loves chili peppers, this book is an absolute must have. Even if you never own a chili farm, and don't even have a plant in a back yard garden, this book is still chock full of interesting and useful information. You can't go wrong with this book, either for yourself or as a gift for any chili-loving loved one.

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  • Posted May 19, 2010

    Great Book!

    This book is great for high quality information about growing your own peppers, and how to use your peppers once they are ripe. I really suggest buying this book if you want to learn to grow peppers.

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  • Posted November 26, 2009

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    If you like it hot...

    This is the most comprehensive chile pepper book I've seen. It caught my favor right away because it had a picture and description of the malagueta pepper, a small chile pepper that grows wild in Brazil and a species which a friend of ours gathered and brought to us as a present from his country. It was fun to find this chile pepper in the pages of my book!

    Since I've always loved to grow a variety of hot peppers in my garden, I truly love the comprehensive advice in the gardening section. I can't guarantee I'll use all the advice, but I'll sure check back to see what I've been doing wrong with my pepper plants in the past. There is a section that has diseases and pests, which I hope only to see in the book and never on my plants.

    The pictures are fabulous. One section of the book names the top 100 chile peppers for the garden. It's very easy to identify the different species of chile peppers from those large, clear, and colorful photographs.

    For any food connoisseur, you'll be delighted to know that there are about 100 pages of mouth-watering recipes, each with a huge photograph to show you what it is you'll be making. The flavor, I'm afraid, you'll have to taste yourself.

    At the back of the book is an extensive bibliography, glossary and list of resources. I can't imagine any chile pepper lover who would not be able to find the answer to his question about this spicy vegetable in this book or be directed from it to the appropriate resource.

    There are only two quite minor things I did not like about this book. One was that the type seemed a bit small. That may be my aging eyes, though. The other thing was that I received my copy of this book in November - just as the last of my chile pepper plants died off from the cold. Now I'll have to wait until the spring to do more chile pepper gardening as I don't have anywhere to grow these plants inside my house.

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