Pepper Your Taste Buds

Tempt your taste buds with habaneros from the Yucatan, cayenne from Louisiana, or Thai chili from Southeast Asia. Spice up your cooking with peppers from around the world with these titles from our digital collections.

Review provided by Hoopla
The Edible Pepper Garden acquaints the pepper novice with the numerous members of the Capsicum annum species from the pea-sized, blazing-hot chiltepin to the eight-inch sweet banana pepper and gives the chile initiate inspiration and suggestions to expand their pepper repertoire. With stunning photography and extensive definitions and explanations, Rosalind Creasy, the doyenne of edible landscaping, has taken the American fascination with peppers and made it accessible to the home gardener and home chef alike. Creasy takes us on a tour of two of her own extremely successful pepper gardens the first yielded twenty-one varieties of hot and sweet peppers! She provides variety-specific growing information along with culinary and preparation suggestions.

Review Provided by OverDrive
From piquillos and shishitos to padrons and poblanos, the popularity of culinary peppers (and pepper-based condiments, such as Sriracha and the Korean condiment gochujang) continue to grow as more consumers try new varieties and discover the known health benefits of capsicum, the genus to which all peppers belong. This stunning visual reference to peppers now seen on menus, in markets, and beyond, showcases nearly 200 varieties (with physical description, tasting notes, uses for cooks, and beautiful botanical portraits for each). Following the cook's gallery of varieties, more than 40 on-trend Latin recipes for spice blends, salsas, sauces, salads, vegetables, soups, and main dishes highlight the big flavors and taste-enhancing capabilities of peppers.

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The essential guide for pepper enthusiasts! A little spice can really take a meal to the next level-but with so many peppers to choose from, how do you pick one capsicum from another? In The Field Guide to Peppers, Dave DeWitt and Janie Lamson give expert advice on popular varieties like ancho, cayenne, jalapeño, serrano, and more. The 400 profiles in this fiery guide include all the major types of peppers, and each page features a color photograph along with all the details a pepperhead needs to know: common name, origin, source, pod length and width, plant height, color, harvest, and heat level, ranging from sweet to superhot.

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Smitten by a love of hot peppers, journalist Richard Schweid traveled to the capital of the U.S. hot sauce industry, New Iberia, Louisiana. This is Cajun country, and capsicum (as hot peppers are known botanically) thrive in the region's salty, oil-rich soil like nowhere else. At once an entertaining exploration of the history and folklore that surround hot peppers and a fascinating look at the industry built around the fiery crop, Schweid's book also offers a sympathetic portrait of a culture and a people in the midst of economic and social change. This edition of Hot Peppers has been thoroughly updated and includes some twenty-five recipes for such deliciously spicy dishes as crawfish etouffee, jambalaya, and okra shrimp gumbo.

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