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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 Paperback – April 24, 2012
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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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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would've liked to see a lot more variety with the recipes. Too few in number and flavor-profile to really make it worth the price.Published 2 days ago by Jeffrey Clorley
This book is written a light, conversational tone that makes for an interesting read. It is full of fun facts (if you are a pepper junkie) and good information. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Adam J. McKee
Can't wait to get started making some new sauces. I had already created several prior to this book, but it gives proper storage techniques and some great recipes to incorporate... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Didi S
Jennifer Thompson shares tips, techniques & guidance on creating your own signature hot sauce in this sizzling handbook.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Sounds like a good way to spend winter afternoon, trying some of these dishes and making my own hot sauces.Published 3 months ago by grady reece