Chili and the Chili Cook-off

by Hot Juan on August 23, 2009 · 0 comments

in Book Reviews, General Information

Chili Madness: A Passionate Cookbook

Chili Madness: A Passionate Cookbook

In the USA they have two rival groups that promote this most America of foods, the chili, “Chili Appreciation Society, International” (CASI) www.chili.org and the” International Chili Society” www.chilicookoff.com both organize chili cook-off’s to raise money for charitable works.

In 1966 the first Chili cook-off was organised by Frank Tolbert, author of “A bowl of Red” between CASI chief cook Wick Fowler and Harry Allen Smith, who had written the article “Nobody Knows More About Chilli than I Do” which can still be read online this first chili cook-off finished in a draw!

Members of these groups are called Chiliheadz and 1000’s of cook-offs are organised around the USA and Canada, there is not fixed recipe, each person having their own idea of what makes a champion “bowl of red” as it has now become know. The origins of today’s chili date back to the 1850, when Texan’s travelling in the Californian gold fields are said to have combined dried beef, fat, pepper and salt with chilli which pounded together and then boiled

If you would like to read more about the history of the chili then we recommend the book Chili Madness: A Passionate Cookbook by Jane Butel, who covers the history ingredients and lots of recipes, Ideal if you wanted to start your own local competition..

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