Chasing Chiles - Hot Spots Along the Pepper Trail

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March 18, 2011

From Edible Madison’s NOTABLE EDIBLES | Spring 2011




Authors Kraig Kraft, Gary Paul Nabhan and Chef Kurt Michael Friese (all three involved in Edible Communities magazines) traveled the Southwest and Mexico searching out the story of climate change, the most controversial topic of our time, narrowed through the lens of the tiny yet iconic chile pepper and those who farm, cook and eat this fiery and culturally symbolic ingredient. “We had a hunch that climate change wasn’t just out there—in the polar ice caps and in receding glaciers—but in here, in our food system, in our daily bread as well,” the three self-proclaimed “chileheads” write in the introduction. Surprisingly, the chile is a perfect food to follow; it has spread in various varieties to all six inhabited continents and has found its way into main dishes of numerous ethnicities. Part travel narrative, part gastro-exploration, the first chapter had me hooked. I was also pleasantly surprised to read about a pepper that takes its name from a city right here in Wisconsin.

Read the rest at NOTABLE EDIBLES | Spring 2011.


Advance Praise

February 2, 2011

New praise from author/blogger Elissa Altman of Poor Man’s Feast

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Very kind words for the soon-to-be-released Chasing Chiles from Poor Man’s Feast blogger/author Elissa Altman:

Chasing Chiles is nothing short of a brilliant ethno-bio-culinary convergence.  It accomplishes what so very few books do; marrying place to flavor and science, the result is a visceral understanding of the profound impact climate change has on the global community and the foods that we always seem to take for granted. Kurt Friese, Kraig Kraft, and Gary Nabhan have produced a must-read classic for all time.”

– Elissa Altman, author of Poor Man’s Feast

Wow Elissa – “ALL time”???  Sweet.  I can see it now – Chasing Chiles surpasses Bible, Shakespeare, Koran in all time sales…

Really Elissa is being way too kind,  but you should go read her blog at, it’s one of the best food blogs in the biz


About the Authors,About the Book,Advance Praise,Chelsea Green

December 12, 2010

Chasing Chiles Publisher Page

Chasing Chiles
Hot Spots Along the Pepper Trail

by Kurt Michael Friese, Kraig Kraft, Gary Nabhan

“An instant classic of chile pepper lore, Chasing Chiles is the best social history of chiles since Amal Naj’s Peppers from 1992. In fact, I think it’s better—because it’s not just journalism; it has fascinating science and entertaining humor as well. Highly recommended!”

Dave DeWitt, “The Pope of Peppers” and coauthor of The Complete Chile Pepper Book

Chasing Chiles looks at both the future of place-based foods and the effects of climate change on agriculture through the lens of the chile pepper—from the farmers who cultivate this iconic crop to the cuisines and cultural traditions in which peppers play a huge role.

Why chile peppers? Both a spice and a vegetable, chile peppers have captivated imaginations and taste buds for thousands of years. Native to Mesoamerica and the New World, chiles are currently grown on every continent, since their relatively recent introduction to Europe (in the early 1500s via Christopher Columbus). Chiles are delicious, dynamic, and very diverse—they have been rapidly adopted, adapted, and assimilated into numerous world cuisines, and while malleable to a degree, certain heirloom varieties

Read more: Chasing Chiles by Kurt Michael Friese, Kraig Kraft, Gary Nabhan – Chelsea Green.