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Hot Sauce!: Techniques for Making Signature Hot Sauces, with 32 Recipes to Get You Started; Includes 60 Recipes for Using Your Hot Sauces [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Trainer Thompson
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Here are 32 recipes for making your own signature hot sauces, ranging from mild to blisteringly hot, as well as 60 recipes that use homemade or commercial hot sauces in everything from barbeque and Buffalo wings to bouillabaisse and black-bean soup. Try making chowders, tacos, ribs, salads, seafood, and more. There are even recipes for scorching cocktails, like Daiquiri Diablo and Slow-Burn Martinis! Author Jennifer Trainer Thompson, recognized as a leader in the spicy foods movement for her cookbooks and four hot sauce posters, has talked about hot sauce on hundreds of talk shows, including Live with Regis and Good Morning America. She has traveled her own personal "Trail of Flame," speaking at conventions and in the media about hot foods, and serving as guest chef at Hot Nights at restaurants in Boston, Philadelphia, and the Berkshires.

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"When the Smithsonian does an exhibition on hot sauces in America, let’s hope the curator is Jennifer Trainer Thompson.  She’s the author, traveler, chef, shiitake-farmer and hot sauce creator who set it all in motion….she brought popularity and polish to an otherwise obscure hobby practiced by culinary eccentrics across the country.”  Chile Pepper


“We’re having a heat wave, and the weather has nothing to do with it.  It’s because Jennifer Thompson wants to take us ‘mouth surfing’ through the world of hot sauces.” Minneapolis Star Tribune

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How Do You Like Your Hot?

Add a shot of hot sauce to your favorite dishes and spark a fire to thrill your taste buds. Make the hot sauce yourself and you can boost the heat, try out different vinegars, play up a favorite spiece, or adjust other ingredients to make a fiery condiment that's truly your own. Jennifer Trainer Thompson offers everything you need to know about making hot sauces, and then gets you started with 32 recipes that span every style, from a three-ingredient Louisiana hot sauce to a Caribbean concoction redolent of tropical fruits and ginger.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Fun Book - Highly Recommended June 15, 2012
"Hot Sauce!" is a truly delightful collection of hot sauce recipes and is also a very good cookbook focusing on recipes using hot sauces. I am a hot sauce junkie and rarely get food spicy enough unless I make it myself, so was thrilled to be offered this book for review by the publisher.

The book starts off with a history of how the chili influenced early culture in South and Central America, and eventually spread around the world. There is also an enjoyable section that covers the commercialization of hot sauces from the early "Tabasco" to today's plethora of specialty hot sauces. There is even a chart to pair chili types to beer styles, which is helpful when planning a meal or party.

I enjoyed the interesting and often humorous anecdotes scattered throughout the book, most relating to painful experiences with various hot peppers. That being said, before starting into the hot sauce recipes, I highly recommended reading (and heading) the advice for safely handling hot peppers found on page 33. I consider myself fairly intelligent and, despite having been warned by my wife to be careful, have accidentally gotten capsaicin (the chemical that we sense as "hot") up my nose (no idea how, really) and spent the next eternity (or perhaps it was about 5 minutes) in extreme pain. Shoving bread or water up your nose does not really help, but cooking oil did bring relief. Seriously, treat these with respect!

The next section covers the types of peppers commonly available (Jalapeno, Scotch Bonnet, Serrano, etc) and their "heat", as mesued on the Scoville Standard. It also includes descriptions of ingredients you will need when making your own sauces. The hot sauces recipes range from the easy to prepare and serve within minutes to ones that need months to mature.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice cook book with some extras in it. December 18, 2012
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I love hot sauce so I decided to buy this book so I could learn more about making these sauces at home.

This book briefly goes over the history of famous hot sauces like Tabasco, Louisiana, and Sriracha. It also discusses some of the common hot sauce ingredients and types of chilies.

After this mini-history on hot sauce the book has some recipes for approximations of the above sauces along with other recipes the author recommends. There are 32 hot sauce recipes in total. The recipes range from mild to hot with most trending towards the middle. Of course you can tame or spice up these recipes depending on how many seeds/chilies/etc you add or remove from the recipe.

After all the hot sauce recipes there are 60 recipes that use these hot sauces. Additionally, these recipes will recommend a complementary retail hot sauce that can be used so you're not stuck having to create your own hot sauces to complete these recipes.

Since everyone has different tastes I can't comment one way or another if you'll like the recipes or not. However, if your an adventurous person (you probably are if you're reading a book about making hot sauce) then I think you'll find plenty of worthwhile information in this book.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great hot sauce recipes and information June 14, 2012
Jennifer Trainer Thompson knows her hot sauces. She's the creator of Jump Up and Kiss Me Hot Sauce, and she's written a few cookbooks as well as doing some travel and interviews specifically about spicy foods and sauces.

If you love hot sauces and want to make your own, or if you just want to know a lot more about hot sauces, this is a fantastic book. It's written in a conversational, friendly manner with a history of modern hot sauces. Starting with Tabasco sauce of course, it's history and the products it inspired. Then it gets into the more edgy sauces with impolite names and funny graphics that are so searingly hot they have warning labels.

There is art, history and side stories about the quest for heat, and a great chart with photographs of the different types of peppers used in making hot sauces. All very informative for the novice hot sauce maker, this is better than buying a kit because this is the information that will help you truly create your own recipe. She also explains how to bottle it for different applications, like just for personal home use or if you want to can it so it's more shelf stable for gifts or sale.

The recipes cover a multicultural range of flavors with a bit about each sauce type to introduce the recipe. They start from a super simple recipe and get more complex with more ingredients. They have fruity flavors, other spices and bases of different ingredients. If your family loves hot sauce the way mine does, it's hard to pick a favorite. This part of the book is my favorite for 2 reasons. It gives you a good range of flavor profiles to get an idea of what you like and it has tips on creating your own hot sauce recipe.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Disappointed July 15, 2013
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I first saw this title and was very excited to pursue making my own hot sauces. Upon getting the book, the recipe selection was not as extensive as I would have liked. About half the recipes in the book were dishes to cook using the sauce, which also recommended store purchased sauces. Defeats the purpose, does it not? The book does have a good history of peppers, pepper types, and pepper uses.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very funny and well written! Lots of great receipes, I love this book
Published 8 days ago by Muriel
4.0 out of 5 stars Yummy!
I'm a gardener with a bumper crop of peppers this year and am only looking for additional ways to preserve my harvest. This book is inspirational in that regard. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Mathew Carruthers
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great recipes
Published 23 days ago by milktoast
5.0 out of 5 stars Great !
What a great and helpful book. Again in was another gift for my boyfriend who has thourougly enjoyed using it and says it's super helpful.
Published 2 months ago by Anna
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I bought this book and now I can't stop making hot sauce. Seriously, my wife made me buy a burner so I could cook outside. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kyle B Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
BOught it as a birthday gift for my husband and he loved it! He cannot wait to begin experimenting with sauces.
Published 3 months ago by Kjr
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
great stuff
Published 3 months ago by Gary S.
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm feeling hot hot hot
This book is awesome -- after picking up from the local library I had to have my own copy. Tons of great hot sauce recipes that are easy for anyone to make and enjoy. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Allen Gottfried
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, but could be better
This book has great recipes for your more "standard" peppers (Habanero, Thai, Scotch Bonnet, etc), which is great for those wanting to delve into the world of hot sauces. Read more
Published 6 months ago by CapsaicinKing
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Sauce!
great beginning book explaining the history of hot sauces from different cultures as well recipes to make your own sauces or spicy meals
Published 6 months ago by Alec
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More About the Author

Jennifer Trainer Thompson was born in Boston, Massachusetts. A tenth-generation Yankee, she grew up in Boston, Maine, Indiana, and Southeastern Massachusetts. She attended Earlham College and graduated with a B.A. in English literature from Tufts University. After a stint helping to deliver sailboats from Mount Desert Island (Maine) to the British Virgin Islands, she moved to New York and became an editor's assistant at Simon & Schuster. Her boss fired her (a good thing) and encouraged her to write; she landed her first book contract at age 23 and co-authored NUCLEAR POWER: BOTH SIDES with physicist Michio Kaku. Jennifer and Michio teamed up for a second book, BEYOND EINSTEIN, which has been translated into a dozen languages. She writes about what interests her, which has led her down the path of the unified field theory, beer, hot sauces, travel, traditions, contemporary art, and chickens. She lives in the Berkshires. Find her at


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