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Chasing Chiles: Hot Spots Along the Pepper Trail

Title: Chasing Chiles: Hot Spots Along the Pepper Trail

Author: Kurt Michael Friese, Kraig Kraft, Gary Nabhan

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

Type: Non Fiction

Released: March 16, 2011

Length: 224 pages

What do you get when you put a chef, an agroecologist and an ethnobotantist in a van and send them traveling all over North America? In the end, you get a book: Chasing Chiles: Hot Spots along the Pepper Trail. It is a treatise on the history of chili peppers and a look at the future of their production in the face of climate uncertainty. Chili peppers are among North and Central America's oldest foods, after maize and beans, and spread to Europe and then Asia thanks to Columbus. Now, due to drought and extreme storms, the cultivation of peppers in some of their native places is being threatened. The three authors, Kurt Friese, Kraig Kraft and Gary Nabhan, look at what's happening to chili production and how it might affect the food we eat. There's some recipes here, too.

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About the author

Daryl Paranada is the associate web producer for Marketplace overseeing all daily website content and production, as well as producing multimedia features -- including the popular economic explainer series Whiteboard -- and special projects. Follow him on Twitter @darylparanada.
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