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Peppers of the Americas, Book Review

Peppers of the Americas by Maricel E. Presilla 

The Remarkable Capsicums That Forever Changed Flavor

A beautiful culinary and ethnobotanical survey of the punch-packing ingredient central to today’s multi-cultural palate, with more than 40 pan-Latin recipes from a three-time James Beard Award-winning author and chef-restaurateur.

From piquillos and shishitos to padrons and poblanos, the popularity of culinary peppers (and pepper-based condiments, such as Sriracha and the Korean condiment gochujang) continue to grow as more consumers try new varieties and discover the known health benefits of Capsicum, the genus to which all peppers belong. This stunning visual reference to peppers now seen on menus, in markets, and beyond, showcases nearly 200 varieties (with physical description, tasting notes, uses for cooks, and beautiful botanical portraits for each). Following the cook’s gallery of varieties, more than 40 on-trend Latin recipes for spice blends, salsas, sauces, salads, vegetables, soups, and main dishes highlight the big flavors and taste-enhancing capabilities of peppers.

My Thoughts: It’s been awhile since I’ve gotten recipe books to review so of course I wanted to check out the Peppers of the Americas. It is a gorgeous thick hardback book with a beautiful photography that I immediately thought would be perfect for a gift. Peppers of the Americas not only offers a variety of different recipes it also tells you a ton of information about individual peppers and shows you what they look like. Overall a wonderful book (although a bit wordy) for people who love to cook, and those that just love peppers.

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