by Dave DeWitt
The Chilli Pepper Encyclopedia probably has the answer to almost any question that you could ever want to ask about chillies.
For example they answer which chiles are the hottest? From what country did the first chilli plants originate? Can chillies really be used to cure headaches?
Even the most devoted “chile-heads” will be satisfied.
The encyclopedia is researched and written by Dave Dewitt, one of the World’s foremost experts on hot and spicy foods.
In addition to entries on chile species, culture, terminology and agriculture, this encyclopedia includes over 100 fiery recipes from cuisines around the world.’
There are black and white drawings and photographs, charts and graphs that appear throughout, and there is an eight page insert includes color photographs of dozens of varieties of chiles, which will prove invaluable for identification.
The Chile Pepper Encyclopedia is an indispensable sourcebook for chile aficionados, gardeners, cooks, and anyone else who has a burning interest in fiery foods.
With Chilli Pepper Recipes and Folk Remedies for Better Health and Living
Millions of chilli heads really enjoy the amazingly hot flavours of chilli peppers without becoming fully away of the plentiful health benefits that they offer. The team that have written The Healing Powers of Peppers help us to begin engaging with an abundance scientific and medical information.
This includes personal written testimonies regarding the amazing advantagous benefits of chillies.
They show us that many different cultures have known about the real power of chillies and they catalogue dozens of medicinal recipes for a surprising number of aches and pains.
* Improve circulation
* Fight the common cold
* Aid digestion
* Speed up metabolism
* Lower cholesterol
* Relieve pain
Peppered (get it?) throughout this chilli fact stuffed book are interesting bits of trivia about the world of peppers.
Chile Peppers: Hot Tips and Tasty Picks for Gardeners and Gourmets
This book has been written by some of the foremost chilli afficianados in the USA. They have come together to produce this book specifically written for chilli gardeners.
This will prove to be an indispensable guide and it teaches the history of the chilli, the science behind their heat (scoville heat units), why people keep coming back for more and more and the remedies used to cure the diseases.
Amateur and experienced gardeners alike will be able to learn to grow different varieties, indoors and outdoors.
This book comes with beautiful colour photographs which make species identification easy, and the list of accredited seed retailers is a handy reference for every gardener.
Cooking with Chilli
If like the chaps at The English Chilli Company, you like to grow your own chilli plants every year, there is nothing more rewarding than being able to cook with your chilli harvest.
We’ve scoured Amazon looking for the best selection of chili cook books that you could hope for anywhere on the interweb.
We have a selection of books about chillies here.
The Great Chilli Book by Mark Miller
We very much consider this book the definitive guide to identifying chile peppers. We found this book to be conveniently divided into sections on dried and fresh peppers. Please do take note that this book is NOT a recipe book (although a few more recipes would perhaps have been nice), nor does it contain more than brief instructions on preparing and using chile peppers.
However, with the aid of really bright colour photographs, taste descriptions, and a clear and accurate guide to chilli heat – from the hotness of a bell pepper (0) to habanero (10), this book is essential kitchen equipment for those who like their cooking fiery.
A Gardener’s Guide to Choosing, Growing, Preserving, and Cooking
In this exceptionally comprehensive book, two of the world’s foremost chilli specialists Dave DeWitt and Paul W.Bosland have assembled all the information that anyone with an interest in chillies could ever hope to find. The two authors are based in the USA which is apparent in their writing style.
The book includes the following sections:
History – very interesting and well laid out summary of where chillies come from.
Top 100 (or so!) Chilli Peppers – some witty overviews of a wide selection of chillies, from the much talked about Bhut Jolokia to the tiny Piquin.
How to Cultivate – this is where we feel the book really comes into its own – there is no other book on the market which really has as much detail or information on how to grow chillies. You can sense that the two authors really know their stuff and are able to impart valuable information and got into some detail about each section.
Processing and Preservation – there is alot of detail that looks at how to freeze chillies, best ideas for pickling, drying, smoking and some more creative ideas for how to preserve them as well.
Cooking with Chilli Peppers – a 100 or so pages made up of cooking suggestions and tips, from drinks to snacks to main dishes to deserts – there are an abundance of ideas on how to cook with chillies.
This has the feel of a quality book – it is well bound with a hard back cover, the paper quality is high and the photography really shows of the images to their best degree.
If you are looking for a gift for someone who loves chilli, then you cannot go far wrong with this book.
This book is available to order from Amazon now