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Chasing Chiles: Hot Spots Along the Pepper Trail

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Chasing Chiles looks at both the future of place-based foods and the effects of climate change on agriculture through the lens of the chile pepper-from the farmers who cultivate this iconic crop to the cuisines and cultural traditions in which peppers play a huge role.

Why chile peppers? Both a spice and a vegetable, chile peppers have captivated imaginations and taste buds

Paperback, 193 pages
Published March 16th 2011 by Chelsea Green Publishing Company (first published March 2nd 2011)
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Jan 19, 2016 Josh rated it liked it
Not quite what I was expecting. I am a chile pepper fanatic and thought this book would be a history of and guide to different peppers in the United States and Mexico. It is that book to a certain extent, but it is also an exploration by the book's coauthors (a chef, an ethnobotanist, and an agro-ecologist) of how climate change has affected the crops and growing seasons of the local chiles grown, cooked, and sold by specific regional farms, restaurants, and businesses. Informative and readable, ...more
Jun 16, 2011 Tuck rated it liked it
and catching! written by committee so kind of uneven and also cursory treatment of Sonora MX, Datil peppers in Florida wasn't too bad, again just hitting the high spots in Yucatan and Habeneros, Tabascos in Louisiana, but the chapter on New Mexico peppers is superlative. And a bonus chapter on some interesting local (usa) peppers that are near extinction: Fish pepper, and Beaver Dam (i am growing Beaver Dams in backyard right now that are SOOO DELICIOUS). And finally a summation of what local ...more
Jul 26, 2016 Gypsi rated it did not like it
In Chasing Chiles, a chef, an agroecologist and an ethnobotanist take a year long trip to search out the rarest and best peppers. The book is a nonfiction account of their trip, with each chapter focusing on a particular chile pepper and interspersed with their interpretation of global warming's effect on that pepper.

The book vacillates between an unnamed first person narrator (which one of the three?!?) and a third person point of view. The anecdotes described are not interesting. The heavily d
Dec 31, 2012 Tess rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Well, over all I enjoyed the subject matter - I had no idea there were so many different types of chiles! The recipes and backgrounds of them were really interesting.
How it all tied into global warming, besides that everything is pretty screwed, was harder to enjoy. The authors aren't meterologists or climatologists, or basically anyone with a weather or environmental degree. So their discussion of the effects of global weather change felt flat and pretty conversational, rather than informative.
Dec 12, 2011 Dree rated it liked it
A decent read, but not quite what I was expecting. This isn't about chasing down yummy traditional chile recipes. Rather, it's about how chile farmers in Mexico, New Mexico, LA, and Florida are dealing with the climate change they are already seen. So, interesting, but not quite the food book I was expecting.

And there are some recipes--but not all are traditional.

There is one weird section where they hold a huge discussion, and it's all quotes. I'm sure it would be fascinating to see this discus
Jul 14, 2016 Jacquie rated it liked it
Ordinarily I'm a huge Gary Nabhan fan but this book fell a little flat and was a bit repetitive. As a big chile head myself I loved learning about some of the culture around these fantastic peppers (I had to restock my habanero supply to make it through) but overall wouldn't recommend based on the writing.
Jun 23, 2016 Naticia rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, food
This is a book about farmers, and farming, and chiles, and eating, and how all of those things are changing in an increasingly uncertain climate. I loved the recipes, the stories of the farmers, and the histories of the heirloom varieties. Inspiring and mouth-watering!
Aug 02, 2011 Brenda rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
This was a good non-fiction book that looks at the farming of different types of chile peppers (heirloom and more popular such as tabasco). It showed how farmers have had to change their farming practices and locations of fields because of climate changes.
Apr 21, 2011 Erika rated it it was amazing
In its combination of ethnobotany, agriculture, and culinary adventure, this is a very unique book, engaging, informative, and delectable all at once.
Mar 29, 2012 Virginia rated it liked it
Parts were dry as the desert they were travelling and parts were wonderful? Perhaps a result of 3 authors?
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