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 budsChasing 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 for thousands of years Native to Mesoamerica and the New World, chiles are currently grown on every continent, since their relatively recent introduction to Europe in the early 1500s via Christopher Columbus Chiles are delicious, dynamic, and very diverse they have been rapidly adopted, adapted, and assimilated into numerous world cuisines, and while malleable to a degree, certain heirloom varieties are deeply tied to place and culture but now accelerating climate change may be scrambling their terroir.Over a year long journey, three pepper loving gastronauts an agroecologist, a chef, and an ethnobotanist set out to find the real stories of America s rarest heirloom chile varieties, and learn about the changing climate from farmers and other people who live by the pepper, and who, lately, have been adapting to shifting growing conditions and weather patterns They put a face on an issue that has been made far too abstract for our own good.Chasing Chiles is not your archetypal book about climate change, with facts and computer models delivered by a distant narrator On the contrary, these three dedicated chileheads look and listen, sit down to eat, and get stories and recipes from on the ground in farmers fields, local cafes, and the desert scrub hillsides across North America From the Sonoran Desert to Santa Fe and St Augustine the two oldest cities in the U.S , from the marshes of Avery Island in Cajun Louisiana to the thin limestone soils of the Yucatan, this book looks at how and why climate change will continue to affect our palates and our producers, and how it already has.
Chasing Chiles Hot Spots Along the Pepper Trail 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 th
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, I al [...]
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 foods mean [...]
A basic but enjoyable piece of culinary history that gets kinda long winded towards the end Highly recommend for anyone interested in the biology of chilies, or the history of new world agriculture.
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 didactic [...]
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.Despi [...]
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 discussion [...]
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.
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
This was a good non fiction book that looks at the farming of different types of chile peppers heirloom and popular such as tabasco It showed how farmers have had to change their farming practices and locations of fields because of climate changes.
In its combination of ethnobotany, agriculture, and culinary adventure, this is a very unique book, engaging, informative, and delectable all at once.
Parts were dry as the desert they were travelling and parts were wonderful Perhaps a result of 3 authors