Do you love chiles? Are you interested in climate change? They may seem like disparate interests, but the authors of Chasing Chiles: Hot Spots Along the Pepper Trail explore their love of chiles while also seeing how climate change is affecting one of North America's greatest gifts to the world (you did know chiles are indigenous to North America, didn't you?).
It's a fun read as the three authors -- chef Kurt Michael Frieze, agroecologist Kraig Kraft, and natural history writer and ethnobiologist Gary Paul Nabhan -- explore Sonora, Florida's First Coast, the Yucatan Peninsula, Cajun country, and the Rio Grande in their "spice odyssey" in search of great flavor, agricultural change, and traditional dishes. There is a ton of information about chiles and local eating in these pages, with a few tempting recipes thrown in for good measure.
It's early yet, but I'm thinking Fathers Day present for the Tabasco-loving dad?
Disclosure: As is common practice in the industry, a review copy was provided by the publisher.