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Top Customer Reviews
I call her writing books writers’ bibles. Not only does she spell out the steps writers need to go through in their lifestory writing, she also provides exercises and examples. Most of all she is inspiring.
In Adventures of a Chilehead she shares such wonderful detail about her love affair with chiles, I wanted to jump inside her pages and experience that love myself. Unfortunately, my tongue is not lined with asbestos like hers. However, in one of her chapters, I learned even her mouth could feel the heat. She writes:
“At first I considered that it might not be as hot as I’d thought. But as the procession of bites continued, I began to feel steam emerge from my nostrils and ears. Beads of sweat formed on my upper lip and around the hairline on my neck. Indeed it was as hot as I thought. Even more so. Flames seared my mouth. Molten lava flowed down my throat and into my gullet, an oddly sublime sensation. Endorphins had kicked in. It felt so good to hurt so bad!“
I love, love, love the stories in this book, and I look forward to trying some of the recipes she has shared with us.
I enjoyed reading this short memoir/recipe book. There are a lot of laughs to be had as the author takes you on a multi-decade adventure through her experiences with all things spicy. I loved her narrator voice in this book and that she was not only recounting things she had learned, but reflecting on her life and what those experiences meant to her at the time they happened.
If you are another of the Chileheads who adore all things HOTT! Then this book will certainly appeal to you, not only for the great writing but for the chance to try out the many recipes at the end of the memoir.
I giggled as Sharon talked about her love of heat and her experiences with various types of chiles (E not I) and her inability to resist them.
This was a short, fun read with a lot to offer those who love to cook and love to turn up the heat in the kitchen. I would recommend this book to anyone who needs a laugh. Even if you prefer milder foods, this memoir has something for everyone.
You may wonder how interesting these tales really can be, but Sharon's rich, detailed descriptions will bring you right into the experience. Your eyes may even water and your tongue may burn as you imagine yourself biting into a chile pepper.
Here's an excerpt:
"My fingers ached to caress the cool smoothness of those peppers, to explore the rhythm of gently undulating curves and subtle crevices. I yearned to inhale their delicate green scent. I longed for the crisp crunch between my molars and tiny scorch bombs exploding with each bite."
With chapter titles such as: Breathing Fire, Death by Salsa, Great Balls of Fire, you can't help but be enticed to delve into the story. She even provides research into not only the health benefits of capsaicin, an ingredient in chile but also the origin of the "chili vs chile" debate.
As a bonus, Sharon also includes her favorite recipes, including corn tortillas, red chile sauce, Marmalade Madness among many others. One is left with a fuller appreciation of one of life's greatest pleasures--enjoying your favorite foods. You may even decide to become a "chilehead " yourself. A delightful read!