Seattle: Madrona Publishers, 1980.
Octavo (21.5 x 15 cm.), x, 223 pages. Illustrated. Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-220) and index. Evident FIRST EDITION. A classic of modern food writing about the captivating capsicum. "Smitten by a love of hot peppers, journalist Richard Schweid traveled to the capital of the U.S. hot sauce industry, New Iberia, Louisiana. This is Cajun country, and capsicum (as hot peppers are known botanically) thrive in the region's salty, oil-rich soil like nowhere else. At once an entertaining exploration of the history and folklore that surround hot peppers and a fascinating look at the industry built around the fiery crop, Schweid's book also offers a sympathetic portrait of a culture and a people in the midst of economic and social change." (the publisher). Fine in publisher's red cloth. Dust jacket price-clipped, otherwise fine. Quite scarce in the first edition, and especially in this condition.