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Peppers of the World: An Identification Guide Paperback – January 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (January 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898158400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898158403
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,022,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dave DeWitt Biography

Overview:

Dave DeWitt is a food historian and one of the foremost authorities in the world on chile peppers, spices, and spicy foods. He has more than forty-five published books to his credit. Dave is also the producer of the National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show, the trade/consumer show for the multi-billion dollar Fiery Foods and Barbecue industries, now in its twenty-fifth year.

Education:

--B.A. University of Virginia, 1966
--M.A. University of Richmond, 1967

Professional Affiliations:

--President and CEO, Sunbelt Shows, Inc.
--Founding Board Member, The Chile Pepper Institute, New Mexico State University
--Chair, Governing Board of Regents, New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, Las Cruces
--Associate Professor, Adjunct Faculty, College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces

Current Responsibilities:

--Producer, National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show, now in its 25th year
--Producer, Scovie Awards Competition, a contest for hot & spicy and BBQ products
--Publisher and editor, the Fiery Foods & BBQ SuperSite at www.fiery-foods.com
--Publisher, Burn! Blog

Museum Projects:

Curator, "Edward S. Curtis in New Mexico," Albuquerque Museum, 1984

Media Appearances:

Dave has appeared on a number of national TV shows, including "American Journal," CNN, "The Today Show," "Home with Gary Collins," "Scientific American Frontiers," "Smart Solutions," "CBS Sunday Morning," "Mythbusters," "Extreme Conventions" (Travel Channel), the Martha Stewart Show and many appearances on The Food Network. He has also been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, American Way, Smithsonian, and in more than two hundred newspapers across the country. A summary DVD of the appearances is available.

Awards:

1999. Winner, Best Spice Book in English, World Cookbook Awards at Versailles, for The Chile Pepper Encyclopedia.
2000. Finalist, James Beard Awards, for A World of Curries.
2006. Finalist, IACP Cookbook Awards, for The Spicy Food Lover's Bible.
2008. Winner, Best Cookbook, New Mexico Book Awards, for Cuisines of the Southwest.
2008. Winner, Best Adventure Novel, New Mexico Book Awards, for Avenging Victorio.
2010. Winner, Best New Mexico Book, New Mexico Book Awards, for The Complete Chile Book.
2011. Winner, Best Cooking Book, New Mexico Book Awards, for The Southwest Table (tie).
2011. Winner, Best Cooking Book, New Mexico Book Awards, for 1001 Best Hot & Spicy Recipes (tie).

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Nice photos and good descriptions.
jn@es-c.dk
The species guide near the beginning made it super fast in narrowing the types.
John W. Mccall
I has been very very informative and I'm glad I made the purchase.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By jn@es-c.dk on February 17, 1998
Format: Paperback
After reading "The Pepper Garden" also by Dewitt and Bosland I bought "Peppers of the World: An Identification Guide". The book gives you a very good overall view of the whole pepper family on the planet. Nice photos and good descriptions. However two things are wrong.
First: For each pepper the authors should also have included a photo of the plant and the flower. Without that identification in many cases is almost impossible as many pods resemble each other very much indeed.
Second: The metric conversion chart in the back of the book is wrong. Centimeters and inches must have changed places. The way it is now a 10 inch pepper like for instance Numex Big Jim is about the lenght of a thumb!! I dont think New Mexican commercial growers would like that. Keep that in mind if the publishers are contemplating a new edition.
But otherwise - thanks for a great book which is a must for all pepper fans.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By P Jacomb on May 31, 2000
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I have recently become interested in peppers and chilis of all types, and my thirst for knowledge on the subject led me to buy books. I have bought some 10 books on the subject, and although other books may appear more glossy and have more 'tales' or recipes (this book has neither, nor is it intended as such), this book has a wealth of colour pictures of just about every conceivable chili. Whilst not claiming to have all varieties within it, it gives a good, structured view on the pepper (capsicum) families and provides a quick and easy reference for identification and description of most varieties. Of all the books I have this is always the first I turn to for information. Well worth the money.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 2001
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David Dewitt has put out several useful books on peppers. This guide is useful to identify the many many varities and cultivars of hot peppers. While you may not be able to find the seeds to all those cultivars, the book is very useful and the color photos are excellent. Sections divide the different classifications of peppers. If you are into peppers this book may be a necessary reference on your shelf. Also usefuls is Dewitt's book The Pepper Garden.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicki Chaconas on January 17, 2009
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The perfect companion for "The Pepper Garden" by Dave Dewitt, this beautifully laid out book is extremely comprehensive and includes just about every pepper there is. Excellent photography and information on so many interesting and wonderful peppers. Dewitt truly loved his study and has put together two fantastic books in demonstration of this. Wonderful!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John W. Mccall on September 3, 2012
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This book has been very informative for me. Having all the pertinent information in a capsule next to the pictures made identification easy and quick. The species guide near the beginning made it super fast in narrowing the types. All in all, I would recommend this book for any pepperhead.
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