The Complete Chile Pepper Book by Dave DeWitt & Paul Bosland. This beautifully illustrated work of love contains detailed profiles of the 100 most popular chile varieties; information on how to grow chiles (including comparisons of traditional versus organic techniques and hydroponics); how to diagnose and remedy problems, pests, and diseases; and post-harvest processing and preservation. The book culminates in eighty-five mouth-watering recipes that make brilliant use of both the characteristic heat of chile peppers and of their more subtle flavor qualities.
Dave DeWitt has written or coauthored more than thirty books on peppers and has edited two magazines on the subject. Chair of the board of the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, Dave is an adjunct associate professor at New Mexico State University. His media company, Sunbelt Shows, Inc., produces the annual National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show.
Paul W. Bosland leads the chile pepper breeding and genetic research program at NMSU, directs the university’s Chile Pepper Institute, and serves as chairman of the annual New Mexico Chile Conference. He has released more than forty cultivated varieties, including a a habanero chile, ‘NuMex Suave’, which retains the unique habanero flavors without the heat. He also discovered ‘Trinidad Scorpion’, the first chile pepper to exceed 2 million scoville heat units.