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An Anarchy of Chillies

Caz Hildebrand


A celebration of 100 types of chillies in lively illustrations, presenting everything the aspiring chef or gardener needs to know to harness the heat

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Each chilli demands and deserves to be known in its own right. With hundreds of varieties, and a dizzying array of flavours, shapes, sizes and colours, chillies are a key ingredient in everything from our favourite curries to drinks and desserts. But even the most experienced chilli fanatic needs a guide to which variety to choose and how hot to go on the infamous Scoville scale.

This essential kitchen companion profiles 100 versatile chilli varieties, chosen to showcase their impressive range of shape, colour, flavour and heat, ranging from milder everyday favourites such as the jalapeño, ancho and bell pepper to exotic new superhots including the Dorset Naga and Carolina Reaper.

Organized by heat level on the infamous Scoville scale, An Anarchy of Chillies tells the story of each variety and offers advice on how to identify, grow and prepare them. The striking illustrations, in a vivid graphic style inspired by the CMYK process, make this not only a go-to reference but also a beautiful art piece.

Written and illustrated by Caz Hildebrand, author of the successful Herbarium and The Grammar of Spice, this is a wonderful gift book for any cook, gardener or chilli lover.

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'A must for anyone who’s serious about their chillies, graphic design, or both'
Yotam Ottolenghi, Guardian, Books of the Year

'A beautifully illustrated ode to the hot stuff'
Mr Porter

'Witty and playful … a tongue-warming tribute to this fiendish fruit, providing insight into an exotic world of flavour and flame … It will brighten up your bookshelf no end'
Quirk and Spoon

'Gorgeous graphic illustrations … a must for chilli obsessives'

'A perfect gift for any food connoisseur or to keep for yourself'

'Packed with bold and bright illustrations'

'Beautifully illustrated … ideal for anyone who loves to grow or cook chillies'
Vegetarian Living

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 24.6 x 17.5 cm

Extent: 224 pp

Publication date: 6 September 2018

ISBN: 9780500021835

Contents List

Introduction • 100 Chillies

About the Author

Caz Hildebrand is one of the Creative Partners at Here Design. She is the award-winning designer of sumptuous best-selling cookbooks by Nigella Lawson, Yotam Ottolenghi and Sam and Sam Clark of Moro. In 2010 Caz created The Geometry of Pasta with leading chef Jacob Kenedy of London’s Bocca di Lupo, revealing the secrets of eating the authentic Italian way. Her book Herbarium & Grammar of Spice are published by Thames & Hudson.

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