A Primer on Peppers

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The Pepper Lady's Pepper Books

Peppers: The Domesticated Capsicums

University of Texas Press, 186 pp., $65

This landmark text contains 34 botanical illustrations painted by the author, along with comprehensive information about pepper history, science, cultivation, and culinary and medicinal uses. It includes an extensive glossary and bibliography.

The Pepper Trail: History and Recipes From Around the World

University of North Texas Press, 256 pp., $50

This is the companion volume to Peppers, which includes 27 new illustrations by the author, the history and foodways of chili peppers across the globe, and recipes from more than 50 contributors. It won the 2000 International Association of Food Professionals' Jane Grigson Award, honoring distinguished scholarship in food subjects.

The Pepper Lady's Pocket Pepper Primer

University of Texas Press, 190 pp., $17.95

This handy guide demonstrates how to identify and use 42 different peppers, with photographs and detailed descriptions that include common names, sources, and uses. There is also useful advice about growing, selecting, processing, and storing peppers.

Red Hot Peppers: A Cookbook for the Not So Faint of Heart

MacMillan Press (out of print, but available used)

This now-classic cookbook, nominated for both James Beard and Julia Child awards, contains more than 200 recipes from around the world that celebrate the versatility and flavors of hot peppers.

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