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The Great Chile Book [Paperback]

Mark Miller , John Harrisson , Lois Ellen Frank
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Book Description

Dec 1 1991
The COYOTE CAFE cookbook was a howling success that spawned a wonderful pair of posters created by Mark Miller. This full-color handbook presents an expansion of the posters' information in book form, covering 100 chiles (50 each of fresh and dried), each with a color photograph, hotness scale, and brief description. THE GREAT CHILE BOOK also includes background information, an introduction to the use of chiles in the cuisines of Mexico and the Southwest, and delicious recipes from the kitchen of the Coyote Cafe. This is a treasured guide for kitchen and market, and a visually stunning companion to COYOTE CAFE.

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Two new books from dedicated chile lovers. DeWitt is coeditor of The Whole Chile Pepper magazine and author of The Whole Chile Pepper Book ( LJ 11/15/90), among others. This latest collection grew out of a column in the magazine featuring chefs around the country. Here are 140 chile-based recipes from restaurants of all types, from taco joints to the elegant Mansion on Turtle Creek, and inspired by cuisines from Thai to West Indian to Tex-Mex. Spicy food has gained many devotees, but the number of books on the subject is multiplying; for larger collections. Miller is chef/owner of Santa Fe's Coyote Cafe and author of Coyote Cafe ( LJ 2/15/90). His new book is an important resource for all those fans of chile dishes, for it is a fully illustrated guide to more than 90 fresh and dried chiles. Most recent spicy foods cookbooks include brief chile glossaries, but Miller's descriptions and Frank's full-color photographs should make identification easy for any cook confronted with the wide variety of chiles now available. Recommended for most collections.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

MARK MILLER is the acclaimed chef-founder of Coyote Caf?© in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the author of nine books with nearly 1 million copies in print, including THE GREAT CHILE BOOK, THE GREAT SALSA BOOK, and COYOTE CAF?â. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
JOHN HARRISSON has co-authored cookbooks with many of America’s leading chefs, including Mark Miller, Roy Yamaguchi, and Hubert Keller. He lives in Hawaii.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of recipes..... July 4 2004
The GREAT CHILE BOOK by Mark Miller is not nearly as great as his SALSA BOOK. Miller includes many colorful photos of chiles, but this book is no encyclopedia. Furthermore, although I found the book interesting, I also found it difficult to use. He divides the text into 'fresh chiles' and 'dried chiles' followed by a few pages of recipes, but rather than see the same chile shown over and over on several different pages in it's green, red, fresh and dried stages, I would have preferred to have seen various peppers in the same family clustered together so that I could learn to distinguish among them. In his brief overview he explains the origins of the chile pepper -- that it is not in the family that produces the black peppercorn (piper nigrum) but rather all chiles are descended from a South American plant that was dispersed by birds and then cultivated and spread further by humans.
Miller's recipe section, which he describes as a good cross-section of various chile dishes, includes one for Jalepeno ketchup. Now that should wake up any hot dog!! Most interesting, however, is the recipe for Mole Roja, from the Oaxaca and Puebla area of Mexico known as the 'Land of the Seven Moles.' Miller explains that some moles contain no chocolate (this one does, however, as well as dried plums or cherries to enhance the flavor of the ancho and mulatto chile peppers). Mole Roja is best served with fowl such as turkey. So, try this instead of cranberry sauce next Thanksgiving!
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4.0 out of 5 stars What kind of chile is that? Jan. 11 2001
A fabulous resource book for the chile head or novice seeking knowledge. The book is limited on the written word except for a brief survey. The survey gives you all the general information needed for the average person interested in cooking with heat. The strength of this book lies in it's beautiful color photographs that are the actual size of the chile itself. This book serves a number of purposes, one of which is the identification of the various closely related strands od chiles. Probably the most commonly known chile is the jalepen~o but there are variations. One is knnown as huachinango that originates from Oaxaca and the Puebla region. I was able to identify the huachinango chile from my garden after first thinking it was an ordinary jalapen~o. Turns out they have a distinct "sweetness" and are a highly prized, (translation, they cost 3-4 times more) and are used to make "chipotle grande" in it's dried form. There are a few chiles that are exotic and unfamiliar to most people outside of the area of origin. There is a section showing four different types of the ever growing in popularity habanero. The dried chile section is informative and provides helpful hints in curing your own chiles. There is a small receipe section that compliments the chile heads kitchen. To round it all out there is a source of information with addresses and phone numbers for chile seeds and fresh and dried chiles. A handy little book for the amateur grower of chiles or cook who on occasion forays into the kitchen to serve up some heat.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost everything you wanted to know.... July 4 2004
Salsa anyone? THE GREAT SALSA BOOK by Mark Miller is all about salsa. If he wanted to be cute, he could have titled his book, "Everything you wanted to know..." and not have been far off the mark. Miller's book includes over one hundred pages of salsa recipes: Tomato and Tomatillo salsas; Chile salsas; Topical salsas (Tropical mango salsa and Mango mash); Fruit salsas (Apple Pasado Salsa, Moroccan Date Salsa; Corn and Bean salsas; Nut, seed and herb salsas; and plenty of other exotic salsas. So you see, salsa isn't just that stuff you get at the Taco bar.
As I am trying to eat more vegetables, I find the 'Grilled Vegetable Salsa' with chiles, eggplants, shiake mushrooms, zucchini squash, and asparagus, most appealing. Or, if you want something sweet as well as colorful, try is the sweet potato and pecan salsa with maple syrup and cranberries. Miller includes color photos of all his prepared dishes. This is truly a great salsa book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Essential kitchen equipment Feb. 28 2001
The definitive guide to identifying chile peppers, this book is conveniently divided into sections on dried and fresh peppers. Beware - this is NOT a recipe book (although a few more recipes would be nice), nor does it contain more than brief instructions on preparing and using chile peppers. However, with bright colour photographs, taste descriptions, and a clear and accurate guide to hotness from bell pepper (0) to habanero (10), this book is essential kitchen equipment for those who like their cooking fiery.
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