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Chillies, Anderson,  Heather Arndt
Chillies
Heather Arndt Anderson

Hardback $24.99 - Reaktion Books
Food & Cooking - Published: 19/Sep/2016 - ISBN: 9781780236353

Despite their fearsome reputation, chillies have helped to shape the identities of innumerable world cuisines. Chillies traces the culinary journey of the spice and uncovers cultural and spiritual links between chillies and humans, from their use as an aphrodisiac, to the recent discovery that chilli heat shows promise as a treatment for neuropathic pain, prostate cancer and leukaemia. It also makes a compelling link between the history of global trade and conflict and the spread of spicy cuisine worldwide. Peppered with lively anecdotes and details of chilli taxonomy and ecology, this entertaining history is sure to spice up your bookshelf.

Chillies: A Global History tells the story of the spicy nightshade’s remarkable rise to prominence. The chilli was cultivated and venerated by the ancient people of Mesoamerica for millennia, before intrepid Spanish explorers returned from America five hundred years ago and introduced their bevy of solanaceous discoveries to Europe. Worldwide adoption of the spice soon followed. Heather Arndt Anderson traces this incredible journey, along the way uncovering important spiritual and cultural links between chillies and humans, from their use as a stimulating aphrodisiac, to the eccentricity of chilli-eating competitions, and the recent discovery that chilli heat shows promise as a treatment for neuropathic pain, prostate cancer and leukaemia. She also makes a compelling link between the history of global trade and global conflict and the spread of spicy cuisine worldwide.




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