The Red Hot Chilli Cookbook by Dan May

by Hot Juan on March 10, 2012 · 3 comments

in Book Reviews

the red hot chilli cookbook by Dan May

the red hot chilli cookbook by Dan May

Dan May like many entrepreneurs  in the UK chilli business has had a varied and interesting career, from touring with a band, lighting engineer to landscape photographer, Dan has travelled the UK and the rest of the world collecting culinary experiences. Based in Northumberland Dan started growing chillies as a hobby, and four years ago a new business was started “Trees Can’t Dance”, they now supply direct the the discerning chilli-head via their web site and even sell nationally through Sainsburys.

The Red Hot Chilli Cookbook is Dan’s first cook book and as you would expect from someone with such an eye for the details it is a beautifully produced with some stunning photography and page layouts. In the introduction section you get a brief history of the chilli and a guide to growing your own before we come to the best part of this book the recipes.

Here is a video that Dan made about the book for his publisher.

Each of the over 70 recipe comes with a heat rating showing one to four red chillies, a description of the dish, ingredients list and instructions, along with any tips and notes you may need. The writing style is makes for simple to follow for anyone with basic understanding of cooking and partnered with a picture of what you can expect to make, this should inspire you to cook them all.

As I read some of the recipes, I cannot wait to get back in my kitchen and try them out, the chapters are split into easily identifiable sections for soups and salads, nibbles and sharing plates, main dishes, sides dishes, sauces salsa & marinades and finally sweet things & drinks, the only problem is deciding what to start with all the recipes sound so good.

On my list to try will be the “Seriously Tasty Traditional Texas Chilli” I have a very soft spot for a good chilli and then “Creole Seafood Burritos” look stunning and finally but probably first on the list I must try “The Perfect Bloody Mary” which looks like good way to forget an afternoon.

Of course there is another excellent reason to recommend Dan’s book is that we get a mention in the Suppliers and Stockists section on page 157,  so click here to buy a copy on Amazon.co.uk .

Before I forget I must complement the photographer Peter Cassidy who’s pictures bring the recipes to life.

Recipes & Descriptions
(9.5/10)
Photography
(9/10)
Design & Layout
(9/10)
Value
(8/10)
Overall
(9/10)

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