From “The Popes of Peppers,” Dave DeWitt and Paul W. Bosland, everything you need to know about chile peppers, including:
–The top 100 chile peppers for the garden
–Cultivation: planning, garden design and preparation, growing in containers, diseases and pests, breeding any hybridization, and the search for the hottest pepper in the world.
–Processing and preservation, including canning, pickling, drying, smoking, and blending.
–85 great recipes, each with a color photo, from sauces to desserts.
–Hardbound, four-color photos throughout, 336 pages.
–Buy The Complete Chile Pepper Book here.
“When it comes to chile hellfire, DeWitt and Bosland have, er, peppered their book with scholarship, horticulture, history and just plain old culinary common sense. A must read for anyone who likes it hot.” –Steven Raichlen, author of The Barbecue Bible.
“For the gardener (the clear audience for this book), you’ll find guidance on composting, solarizing, seeds, and diseases. This is the type of book you’ll want to return to again and again over the years as you gain in experience. For instance, you may begin by implementing best-practices for crop rotation, and build momentum to breeding. You’ll even learn how to grow container chiles in your home year-round. If you’ve grown peppers in the past, you’re sure to discover where you’ve gone wrong–and importantly, you’ll learn how to mend your ways. Rest assured that if you want to hone your pepper growing skills, this is the book for you. It’s filled with details that any gardener can follow.”– The Sacramento Book Review
“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.” –M. T. Guzman