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Subtitle: Cajuns and Capsicum in New Iberia, Louisiana.
Trade paperback from the Friends of the Library.
Not only about Tabasco. There's a lot of interesting stuff in here, and some recipes using hot peppers, too.
I like some spicy food, but I don't want to reach the point where everything tastes bland without hot sauce. :s
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Later: There's a lot more here than I'd expected! Yes, it covers the growth of the hot-pepper-sauce industry on New Iberia, but it also delves into the different ethnic groups in the region, their history and culture, the economic and ecological issues, and more! (I bet Dad would have enjoyed this...)
There's an ironic/dramatic incident near the end of the book: the author recounts being mugged one night in New Orleans' French Quarter - by someone who used pepper spray to immobilize the victim! Ouch... (He got out of it with no permanent harm done, and admits that robbery-by-capsaicin was preferable to a knife or a gun, but still!)
And there's a "Lagniappe" bonus chapter with several interesting notes, including a tie-in to New Hampshire; seems that a NH farmer was among the first Americans to write extensively about hot peppers, with one of his works cited from 1832 and referring to the medicinal use of capsaicin!
The recipe section made me crave some jambalaya...
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