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The Red Hot Chilli Cookbook [Hardcover]

Dan May
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Book Description

9 Feb 2012
Trees Can't Dance began over 4 years ago at the world's most northerly chilli farm. Against all conventional horticultural wisdom Dan May began growing chillies in the wilds of Northumberland. It wasn't long before Dan had to find something to do with all the produce. Disappointed with the quality of the chilli sauce brands available in the UK, he hit on the idea of filling a gap in the market by producing his own sauces using home-grown ingredients. In this fabulous book, chilli guru Dan shares more than 70 recipes celebrating chillies in all their varieties and strengths. Acquaint yourself with the history of chillies, how to grow them at home and how to identify the key varieties. There are ideas here for every kind of dish: soups and salads; nibbles and sharing plates; mains; side dishes; sauces, salsas and marinades; sweet things and drinks. Mouthwatering recipes include Thai Beef Noodle Soup; Moroccan Spiced Lamb Burgers; Texas Marinated Steak with Stuffed Mushrooms; Sweet Chilli-glazed Ham; Quick Chilli Lime Mayonnaise; three fiery pasta sauces; Chilli Pecan Brownies; and Chilli Hot Chocolate.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small (9 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849752222
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849752220
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan May was born in south west London in 1969. In 1972 he moved with his parents and baby sister to Somerset and that was the beginning of the end. Without a full time job to keep her occupied his mother decided that he should not only learn to cook but do so with an independent mind. So from a very young age he started to ignore conventional wisdom and set out upon a rather haphazard path through life.

His love of music and lack of a better idea led him to tour some of the least pleasant venues in Britain and Europe in various bands before a brief stint working as a lighting engineer was ended by a St Patrick's Day incident involving Guinness, a very high lighting rig and cavalier approach to risk assessment.

For the next 13 years Dan travelled and worked as a landscape photographer, producing images that were used by companies all over the world. His love of some of the most remote places in the world first brought him into close contact not only with chillies, but with people who cooked with them and loved them. A relationship developed that was quite unintentionally life-changing.

Dan grew some chillies as a hobby in 2005 and before he knew it he had the world's most northerly chilli farm and had accidentally changed career (again). Trees Can't Dance now supplies an ever growing range of chilli saucery throughout the UK, Europe, the Middle East and beyond. Everything is lovingly made by hand at TCD HQ, just a few miles from where the business started.

Always ready with an opinion Dan is frequently quoted in national press with regard to the latest trends in chillies and spicy food. His current favourite topics are the blight of the "Australian question inflection" and "the technicalities of facing wrist spin on a deteriorating pitch". Although he is yet to be asked about these he is forever optimistic.

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About the Author

Dan May once worked as a landscape photographer and he started grow chillies in 2005. Before he knew it, he had the world's most northerly chilli farm. Trees Can't Dance now supplies a range of chilli sauces throughout the UK, Europe, the Middle East and beyond.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Why didn't I think of that? 16 Feb 2012
By Starky
This is a fantastic book for experienced chilli cooks and people who are recent converts (I'm one of these). The recipes are really imaginative without being stupidly complicated. Many of them are so obviously a great idea that I can't believe I hadn't thought of it myself. Example: adding hot chilli powder to chocolate & stem ginger cookie dough. Brilliant! I also really like the fact that it features food from around the world - not just all red hot stuff. Lots of new spins on familiar favourites (like hot chilli chowder). Really useable. Makes you want to eat everything in it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gob smacked 9 July 2012
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I bought this book because the seared tuna recipe featured in one of the foodie mags I subscribe to......normally I just cut out the recipes but for some reason this book called to me. I own hundreds of cookery books, some only have one recipe I'll ever use, some I keep because the titles are beautiful (I love having a book entitled Falling Cloudberries on my shelf) and then you'll occasionally find one that keeps calling you back.....this is such a book. I suppose I should point out that I don't eat spicy food, in fact I am probably the pickiest eater around here....but I love to cook and the husband loves to eat...I have made the mango chicken thing, the seared tuna, the whole salmon, the Italian pot roast thing, the veggie nut roast and the veggie burgers, the goats cheese stuffed chicken....the husband has raved about every one.......okay, I made him the chilli and his head nearly exploded but that was my fault as I didn't have chipotle paste and tried to make something similar by mushing up a jar of chipotles.....what I am trying to say is buy this book if you like a bit of spice. The recipes aren't all 'blow your head off' hot.....I have recommended this book so many times to so many people I think Dan should be paying me commission......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply awesome 9 Jun 2013
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If you love chilli then this is must. Don't be mistaken and think this contains only recipes for those you can handle the heat, because there dishes for everyone. This book simply celebrates the versatility and wonderful flavour of the humble chilli. Buy it and you'll love exploring with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yum!! 29 Jun 2012
By dianer
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Bought this book for my brother's birthday as he likes to cook and enjoys hot and spicy food.

I was tempted to keep it for myself as it contained so many tempting recipes. Will definitely be buying one for myself soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trees can't dance 30 April 2012
First class cook book, well written and well thought out. There are some very good tips of growing and caring for your chillies as well as clever recipes.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab book 27 Feb 2012
By pixie
The baked chilli eggs are fantastic! Cannoy rate this book enough. If you love chilli this is for you. Lots of great ideas. Easy and not full of hard to get ingredients. I'm well pleased!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Recipes 18 Mar 2012
By bejay
Although I have only just purchased this book it is already clear that it contains some exciting recipes that I look forward to preparing and more importantly eating. I believe that anybody who loves chillies will absolutely love this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must Chilli heads 1 April 2014
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As a chilli fan I was sceptical that I would find use as I have lots of source material and menus on the subject, how wrong I was.
Great recipes for all chilli fanatics, and a nice touch is the optional chilli choice at the end of each recipe.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Cookbook
This was a great Christmas pressy for my brother-in-law - Just what he wanted - Some great tips & recipe ideas
Published 1 month ago by Ms Michelle Bernasconi
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useable
Unlike a lot of cook books this has a LOT of recipes I want to try and I will use this often. Already started in fact.. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Elfy
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written
My wife likes to cook with chilies and enjoyed the book as it was written with clear and concise data..
Published 6 months ago by SteveH
5.0 out of 5 stars The red hot chilli cookbook
If you like chillies you will love this book. Lots of information about different chillies and their strengths and lots of varied recipes for meals, snacks, dips and sweets. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Yves
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!
This is a hot stonker of a book. Worh buying just for the traditional Texas Chilli recipe. I love chillis. If you do buy this book. Now!
Published 14 months ago by Dan D
5.0 out of 5 stars Put a little spice in your life.
This is a fabulous book for anyone who wants to dare to be different in the kitchen. It is beautifully laid out, incredibly eye-catching and informative. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Nick Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars red hot chilli cookbook
Gift for my son-in-law, who rated it absolutely first class. Everything he wanted to know about chillis. Congratulations to Dan on an excellent ccokbook.
Published 15 months ago by Wendy Dobson
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressed
I'm very pleased with this buy - the book is well written, comprehensive, has lovely pictures and some brilliantly tasty recipes it seems, can't wait to give them a try.
Published 17 months ago by M.F
I have a few cookery books specializing in cooking with chilli peppers and hot spices etc but this one if by far the best. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jane in the sunshine
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