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Mr. Chilehead: Adventures in the Taste of Pain Paperback – May 9 2003


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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press (May 9 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550225596
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550225594
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 16.9 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,036,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This book will take you places (be afraid, by very afraid) you've never been before.” —Fiery-Foods & BBQ magazine


“A passionate, highly subjective journey. . . . An intriguing and charming look at the subculture.” —The Toronto Star


“[The] most passionate writing about a condiment.” —Esquire

About the Author

James D. Campbell is a hot sauce aficionado and a curator and the author of more than 50 books and catalogs, including Depth Markers, Mnemosyne or the Art of Memory: Gerhard Merz, and Ron Martin: Geometric Painting, 1981–1995. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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This is the funniest and best informed book about chiles and hot sauce that I have ever read. Most books give you recipes or histories of peppers, but Campbell's approach is truly different. He recounts his various quests for the hottest of hot sauces, and, in the course of his journey, he uses humor (frequently black humor) to provide information about all kinds of peppers, hot sauces, and the addictive lifestyle of those who have come to know the joys and sorrows of hot sauce. And, as a bonus, he includes some incredible recipes (yes, they are hot!) The book just looks great--it is small and beautiful, almost a little fetish object in its own right--and I love the way that Campbell obsesses over his addiction while maintaining his humanity. For anyhow who loves hot sauce and chile pepper pain, this is a unique read.
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As a devout Chilehead, I've been waiting for someone to put into words the fiery affliction that I, and many countless others live with. James Campbell uses wit, introspect and a great command of the language to paint a picture of "Painland"; our home. He includes numerous facts and resources, such as the web site Pyropepper.com of which I had never heard, to give a well rounded narrative of life as a Chilehead. Bravo! I recommend this book for chile lovers of course, but also for anyone with a good sense of humor and love of a great read.
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A wonderful and funny account of chile pepper addiction June 8 2003
By Roberto - Published on Amazon.com
This is the funniest and best informed book about chiles and hot sauce that I have ever read. Most books give you recipes or histories of peppers, but Campbell's approach is truly different. He recounts his various quests for the hottest of hot sauces, and, in the course of his journey, he uses humor (frequently black humor) to provide information about all kinds of peppers, hot sauces, and the addictive lifestyle of those who have come to know the joys and sorrows of hot sauce. And, as a bonus, he includes some incredible recipes (yes, they are hot!) The book just looks great--it is small and beautiful, almost a little fetish object in its own right--and I love the way that Campbell obsesses over his addiction while maintaining his humanity. For anyhow who loves hot sauce and chile pepper pain, this is a unique read.
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A wonderful narrative of the Chilehead lifestyle! June 3 2003
By Susan J Lane - Published on Amazon.com
As a devout Chilehead, I've been waiting for someone to put into words the fiery affliction that I, and many countless others live with. James Campbell uses wit, introspect and a great command of the language to paint a picture of "Painland"; our home. He includes numerous facts and resources, such as the web site Pyropepper.com of which I had never heard, to give a well rounded narrative of life as a Chilehead. Bravo! I recommend this book for chile lovers of course, but also for anyone with a good sense of humor and love of a great read.


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