For all chile pepper lovers, seasoned or otherwise, Beginning with Chiles is the ultimate capsicum read! Versatile, practical....informational, it's the beginning and beyond. Chile peppers are the essential ingredient in Mexican and southwestern cooking. But with endless varieties, names, types and heat scales, chiles can be a challenge. To meet that challenge, authors Mary Lou and Jim Creechan, use an innovative approach, focussing on the most common chiles, grouping them for easy use, recognition and substitution. You'll read about the small, hot snappies generally used in salsas, the larger, milder stuffers, the smoothies, the seasoners. There are practical preparation tips, handy hints, classic recipes and personal favorites. And for the more adventurous, recommended readings, chile charts, web sites. But that's not all! This book is a total chile experience. Notes, comments and anecdotes reflect the historical, cultural and mythical significance of chiles; the exotic world from which they come. And never has this world been more accessible....more delicious. Beginning with Chiles is for the novice, the experienced, the connoisseur. In writing this book, Mary Lou and Jim Creechan draw on their personal experiences living and travelling in the southwest and Mexico. Mary Lou is a best selling author and co-owner of RRRico's catering in Toronto. Jim is a sociologist and, in his spare time, a prize winning cook.