Book Review: Chasing Chiles

Categories: Food & Health
Posted on Friday, June 24th, 2011 at 8:00 am by admin

The article  below appeared originally online at  I Love It Spicy about Chasing Chiles: Hot Spots Along the Pepper Trail.

It is not often that ILIS will get an opportunity to be asked to do a book review. So we are delighted to do it, and hope we can do the review as much justice as our usual spicy product reviews. A little about the book, Chasing Chiles: Hot Spots Along the Pepper Trail and it’s Authors’ Kurt Friese, Kraig Kraft, and Gray Nabhan:

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.

Chef Kurt Michael Friese is author of A Cook’s Journey: Slow Food in the Heartland (Ice Cube, 2008), and owner and founding chef of Devotay, a restaurant in Iowa City that is a community leader in local and sustainable cuisine. He is owner and publisher of Edible Iowa River Valley magazine, a board of directors member for Slow Food USA and the Iowa Food Systems Council, and a graduate and former chef-instructor at the New England Culinary Institute.

Kraig Kraft is an agroecologist and writer based in Managua, Nicaragua. He completed his PhD on the origins and diversity of wild and domesticated chile peppers at the University of California, Davis. Kraft is the author of a popular blog titled Chasing Chiles, and has written for several regional magazines, including Edible Sacramento, as well as technical journals, and is currently working on a coffee sustainability project in Central America.

Gary Paul Nabhan is an award-winning author, plant conservationist, and sustainable-agriculture advocate. His collaborative work in agricultural conservation has been honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Quivira Coalition and the Society for Conservation Biology, and with the Vavilov Medal. A pioneer in the heirloom seed movement, he raises rare chile peppers and Mission-era orchard crops in Patagonia, Arizona.

The two reviewers we have for this chile book are fellow chile pepper author Michael Hultquist aka Mike from Madness, and the one and only Scott Roberts. I do not think you will find 2 more diverse opinions than in these two reviews. Wow. See what I am talking about…

Mike from Madness

Scott Roberts

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