Chilli Cook Books

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.



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Chile Peppers: Hot Tips and Tasty Picks for Gardeners and Gourmets (Brooklyn Botanic Garden Handbooks)

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.


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The Great Chile Book

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.

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The Complete Chilli Pepper Book

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


The Complete Chilli Pepper Book

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The Hot Book of Chillies by David Floyd

The best English Book on Chillies

This book has been written by David Floyd one of the founding members of the UK’s best chilli website The Chile Foundry

The book covers a diverse range of chilli topics such as what makes chillies hot? What are the health benefits derived from eating them? How can you grow them, cook with them and preserve them?

The book comes with a wonderful gallery of almost 100 popular varieties – such as the mild jalapeno to the blistering habanero.


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The Pepper Garden by Dave Dewitt and Paul W. Bosland

The perfect chilli guide – highly recommended

This book provides a comprehensive guide for the person just beginning to grow chilli peppers and also provides a great reference manual for the more experienced grower.

It walks us through the entire growing process – from seed propagation techniques to garden layout suggestions. It also covers the history of chilli peppers from the beginning to present day commercial and home growing operations.

There are some full colour illustrations and many useful line drawings. We feel that no self respecting chilli-head should without this manual.


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