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1 minute ago, Anna N said:

Thanks. One can only hope that the language of the book itself rises above the level in its promotional material. 

 

“The Devil's Dinner is the first authoritative history of chili peppers. There are countless books on cooking with chilies, but no book goes into depth about the biological, gastronomical, and cultural impact this forbidden fruit has had upon people all over the world. The story has been too hot to handle.”

 

Yes, that is quite the cliché fest.

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4 minutes ago, weinoo said:

That looks good...I hope it has even more to offer than:

 

 

I'm not expecting "The Devil's Dinner" to be so much a recipe book; more about the culture behind the things. But till it comes out, who knows?

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10 hours ago, liuzhou said:

I'm not expecting "The Devil's Dinner" to be so much a recipe book; more about the culture behind the things. But till it comes out, who knows?

 

On the amazon.com page (eG-friendly Amazon.com link) it has 8 ratings (all 5 stars) and 2 reviews (nothing useful unfortunately, the longest one is 10 words).

 

 

If you are interested in chili peppers history and culture then there are these books too:

Heather Arndt Anderson - "Chillies A Global History" (eG-friendly Amazon.com link)

Foster + Cordell - "Chilies to Chocolate: Food the Americas Gave the World" (eG-friendly Amazon.com link)

Jenny Linford - "The Seven Culinary Wonders of the World: A History of Honey, Salt, Chile, Pork, Rice, Cacao, and Tomato" (eG-friendly Amazon.com link)

I haven't seen anyone of them so I can't comment. Usually the "A Global History" series is well done, those books are written by university professors / researchers.

 

 

 

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Time ago, on another thread, we were discussing on the amount of "not that great" e-books that are being sold, this is a perfect example:

Disney Cooking: Recipes to Make at Home: Disney Dishes Homemade (eG-friendly Amazon.com link)

I have just a little little little doubt that they paid for the rights on the Disney name. With 61 pages, it must be a really informative book, no? If you open the author's page by clicking on his name, then you'll find that he is an expert on many many different subjects. Must be reliable!

 

 

 

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10 hours ago, liuzhou said:

 

I'm not expecting "The Devil's Dinner" to be so much a recipe book; more about the culture behind the things. But till it comes out, who knows?

Well apparently it’s been out since 2018! I think the press release was misleading. 

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1 hour ago, teonzo said:

 

On the amazon.com page (eG-friendly Amazon.com link) it has 8 ratings (all 5 stars) and 2 reviews (nothing useful unfortunately, the longest one is 10 words).

 

 

If you are interested in chili peppers history and culture then there are these books too:

Heather Arndt Anderson - "Chillies A Global History" (eG-friendly Amazon.com link)

Foster + Cordell - "Chilies to Chocolate: Food the Americas Gave the World" (eG-friendly Amazon.com link)

Jenny Linford - "The Seven Culinary Wonders of the World: A History of Honey, Salt, Chile, Pork, Rice, Cacao, and Tomato" (eG-friendly Amazon.com link)

I haven't seen anyone of them so I can't comment. Usually the "A Global History" series is well done, those books are written by university professors / researchers.

 

 

 

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The last one "7 Culinary Wonders" I got at the library when it came out. I thought it well done as it integrates how these immigrants blended into their new cultures.

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From the NYT, a round-up of recent cookbooks:  Barbecued, Battered, Boiled and Baked: Cookbooks for Summer

Covered are:

Julia Turshen's SIMPLY JULIA: 110 Easy Recipes for Healthy Comfort Food

Hetty McKinnon's TO ASIA, WITH LOVE: Everyday Asian Recipes and Stories From the Heart

Yasmin Khan's RIPE FIGS: Recipes and Stories From Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus

Michael Twitty's RICE

RODNEY SCOTT’S WORLD OF BBQ: Every Day Is a Good Day

Zoë François' ZOË BAKES CAKES: Everything You Need to Know to Make Your Favorite Layers, Bundts, Loaves, and More

Max Halley's MAX’S PICNIC BOOK

 

I own Simply Julia, Zoë Bakes Cakes and Max's Picnic Book and am tempted by Ripe Figs.

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, blue_dolphin said:

From the NYT, a round-up of recent cookbooks:  Barbecued, Battered, Boiled and Baked: Cookbooks for Summer

Covered are:

Julia Turshen's SIMPLY JULIA: 110 Easy Recipes for Healthy Comfort Food

Hetty McKinnon's TO ASIA, WITH LOVE: Everyday Asian Recipes and Stories From the Heart

Yasmin Khan's RIPE FIGS: Recipes and Stories From Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus

Michael Twitty's RICE

RODNEY SCOTT’S WORLD OF BBQ: Every Day Is a Good Day

Zoë François' ZOË BAKES CAKES: Everything You Need to Know to Make Your Favorite Layers, Bundts, Loaves, and More

Max Halley's MAX’S PICNIC BOOK

 

I own Simply Julia, Zoë Bakes Cakes and Max's Picnic Book and am tempted by Ripe Figs.

 

 

 

 

I too was tempted by Ripe Figs.  I put a hold on it from the library.  I'd like to see it before I buy.

 

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8 minutes ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

 

I too was tempted by Ripe Figs.  I put a hold on it from the library.  I'd like to see it before I buy.

 

Do report back when you get it.  I can ask my library to buy it but that process takes a few months. 

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15 minutes ago, blue_dolphin said:

Do report back when you get it.  I can ask my library to buy it but that process takes a few months. 

 

My library has a copy of Ripe Figs but there are six people in line ahead of me.  I believe the policy is that we order an additional copy of an item when there are more than five holds.

 

Doesn't your library ordinarily buy cookbooks?

 

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2 hours ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

Doesn't your library ordinarily buy cookbooks?

They do, and have a pretty good collection for a small library though the number of cookbooks they are buying has decreased significantly over the last year or so. Not sure if that’s a pandemic thing or if there’s a different driver. Historically, they have purchased every cookbook I’ve requested but I haven’t requested any since the pandemic shut them down.  They just resumed limited in-person hours a couple of weeks ago so we’ll see how things sort out. 

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I don't know whether it's due to my Google news feed's tuning or a broader media push, but I'm seeing a lot of hype about Rodney Scott's World of BBQ (eG-friendly Amazon.com link). Leite's Culinaria discussed its recipe for Rodney Scott's Whole BBQ Chicken in my newsfeed today (the chicken is spatchcocked, and the recipe looks good). The book looks enticing. I don't need any more cookbooks, even for BBQ! But I may have to buy this one anyway. Maybe I can talk my library into getting it first.

 

eta: they do! I'll be picking it up in a couple of days. 

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The above-mentioned Rodney Scott's World of BBQ: Every Day is a Good Day (eG-friendly Amazon.com link) is fun to read. I haven't cooked from it yet, but there are some good-looking recipes I want to try. He prefaces the book with stories of his growing up, his family, and his coming into and developing the business. Every recipe I've looked at has a little story about how it was invented or whom it was named for.

 

He gives detailed instructions on how to build a proper BBQ pit (using firebrick) and how to roast a whole hog. I might fantasize about doing that, but think it's unlikely I'll ever do so. He also talks about cooking over smaller units, and that's where the value will be to me.

 

A clever and attractive cover isn't a good reason for buying a book, but I like this design: the subtitle is printed in glossy finish whereas the rest of the cover is matte finish. You have to tilt the book slightly to see the subtitle. 

 

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