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5 More Awesome Cookbooks for Spicy Food Lovers

Cooking is a very interesting activity. Many men around the world fall in love with women due to their cooking, the same applies to the women folk. Trying different cuisines has become something that enthusiasts in this field can take up. In this piece, we are going to explore some of the top 5 cookbooks for spicy foods. If you enjoy this recipe, you’ll enjoy our other post about cookbooks for spicy food lovers.

The Herbfarm Cookbook

This cookbook is the work of the award-winning chef Jerry Traunfeld. Jerry wrote down a number of restaurant quality recipes that can be used by many of the ambitious home cooks in their bid to become even better in the kitchen. In the book you can also get a number of simpler preparations for those who do not have as much experience in the kitchen or with spices. Additionally, the book comes with photographs that illustrate the volume. You can also share useful information about growing one’s own herbs, whether in pots or a garden. Ideally, when it comes to spices, this is one book that will help you grow your skill exponentially.

The Herbal Kitchen

While The Herbfarm Cookbook is a masterpiece in its own right, Jerry Traunfeld has actually done it again. The Herbal Kitchen is a follow up book done by award winning chef Jerry Traunfeld. In this book, he lays out a host of fantastic, herb-finessed recipes that are remarkably simple to do. In this book, one of the advantages is that he explores a number of substitutions for the hard-to-find herbs. He also outlines various tips for herb cultivation, handling as well as storage. Like in the Herbfarm Cookbook, Jerry uses photographs in this book to push the point home.

The Encyclopedia of Herbs, Spices, & Flavorings: A Cook’s Compendium

From time immemorial, there has been a certain allure that came with the word encyclopedia. It was a name that brought out a certain need to know more. This encyclopedia has numerous recipes on how to make a variety of spicy foods, both at home and in restaurants. True to its name, this encyclopedia has over 150 recipes that can be tried out by both professionals and novices alike. The author, Elizabeth Lambert Ortiz seeks to break down the myths that have for long been attached to the spicy recipes that we use around the world.

Indian Home Cooking: A Fresh Introduction to Indian Food

Most of us will agree that Indian food is often very spicy. Indians have managed to cultivate a culture that rotates around the use a variety of spices within their own environment. The recipes are simple and straightforward complete with photographic material for assistance. Authored by Saran and Stephanie Lyness, the Indian Home Cooking: A Fresh Introduction to Indian Food,is an encyclopedia in its own way.

Spice: Flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean

This is a spicy cookbook that was authored by award-winning chef Ana Sortun. This book is a little unique in the sense that the recipes are grouped into different spice grouping. The author also bases the book on her renowned Cambridge, Massachusetts restaurant, Oleana.

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My Top 5 Cookbook for Spicy Foods

I absolutely love spicy food, and living in San Diego there is no shortage of it for  me to try. I used to go out for thai or indian or mexican food almost every night. Obviously that got rather expensive, so I figured that I had better learn to cook all of these foods that Ive been enjoying while out to eat.  Even though I wasn’t a kitchen neophyte at all (even though I have a sweet food processor), I still had a tough time mastering these new styles of cooking and dishes. There was a lot of food that was not nearly as good as it could have been, and there were a few unfortunate meals that got given to the dog because I couldnt stomach the taste I messed them up so bad.  Unfortunately this happens sometimes when you’re learning to cook a new style of food but you cant let it get you down. There’s always delivery as a backup!

All of that being said, here are my five favorite cookbooks that have recipes for spicy foods.

Some Like it Hot: Spicy Favorites from the Worlds Hot Zones - You can get a great deal on this book since it’s old, but that does not make it any less valuable. Right now it’s selling for less than $3 on amazon, which is a steal for the quality of recipes that it contains. There are over 350 recipes, from curries to mole to kimchi and each one of them packs a nice punch. You can’t go wrong with the low cost of this cookbook.

Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen - I have been to thailand, and when I got back I had absolutely fallen in love with their style of cooking. Pad Thai became one of my favorites, as well as some of the spicy curries that they frequently eat. The dishes were so flavorful and so varied, I had such a great time eating my way through bangkok!

Lonely Planet: The Worlds Best Spicy Food - I absolutely adore the lonely planet and their travel guides – I always try and check one out from the library or look at it in the book store before I head out of town. Once I saw this cookbook at the bookstore, I gave it a look and knew that I needed to add it to my collection. The recipes in there looked great and they didnt disappoint at all when I started trying them out at home. I cant recall exactly, but I dont think there was one time that I needed to call the pizza guy when making recipes from this book. The pictures in the book are absolutely fantastic and just make my mouth water when Im meal planning.

1,001 Best Hot and Spicy Recipes - These recipes arent really as much about international food as some of the others, but are still full of some great and super spicy recipes. Most of them are absolutely chock full of chilies of various types, giving each recipe a unique heat and making things a lot of fun when you’re cooking. There are lots of soups, stews, chilies and even BBQ recipes for every palate in here. There are also some great vegetarian recipes in here, which is nice when I’m feeling like taking a break from meat but still need something spicy. If you love spicy foods be sure to check this one out – they call the author “The Pope of Peppers”.

Susan Feniger’s Street Food - This is a great book about Susan’s travel stories and a shared love of food. Throughout the book, she talks about all the people that she was able to meet during her international travels and learn the recipes from. There were rice farmers in Vietnam and cheesemakers in mongolia. Each one had something to teach her, and she was able to seamlessly incorporate their recipes into her street food cookbook. Part of me loves this book because I absolutely love to travel and can imagine myself chatting up the street food vendors and others while I’m on my next vacation just like Susan did.


Knives in Literature

Since the memorable days when Norman Bates first brought out a knife in Alfred Hitchcock’s popular fiction, “Psycho,” many have talked about the symbolism of the knife utilized as a killer’s primary weapon in horror films and literature. There are varying instances of knives as symbols and a main tool in horror videos and literature that many have passed over.

A lot of people have been able to link the similarities between a killer’s knife use and the prehistoric groups situated in Europe, Africa, and South America that utilized knives to craft sacrifices to their respective, ancient Gods.

Unlike such ancient groups, popular killers in today’s horror films and literature utilize their knives to sacrifice the innocent to their own twisted religious driven pleasure. While these killing figures may use their knives to slaughter their victims to the higher power, they frequently sacrifice their victims to themselves let the world know they are on the same level as that of a god.

Certain religions, such as Buddhism, use the knife as a symbol of deliverance of ignorance from the human body. The knife is utilized to cut bonds that prevent us as individuals on our quest to true enlightenment.

Any can simply relate this to the methods of Jason Voorhees in the popular “Friday the 13th” films as he gets rid of teen that showcase their ignorance through the horror film by immersing in intolerable sins such as engaging in pre-marital sex, alcohol, and drugs. A completely different aspect can be included to Voorhees as a person who employs a knife to eradicate the ignorance of people who may likely place themselves in harmful instances.

There are a number of cases in horror films and literature that can easily be referenced of the symbolism of a knife as the ultimate weapon to end lives. Unlike a dull tool, a knife used in a horror film or literature, the killer will usually cut, slice, and draw plenty of blood. Logically think blood as a primary symbol for life. Possessing a knife and using it for harmful means would often result to life being lost from an individual’s body as a pool of blood increases.

One won’t mention about a knife’s symbolism in horror films or literature without mentioning the significant symbolism of the material. Notice that a majority of killers in films these days use abnormally large knives for killing. Basically, horror films are given a rating based on how big the knife is used for murdering victims.

In a majority of cases, killers from horror films and literature conceal their knives until they’re completely ready to kill. Some killers possess knives that are so enormous, they literally walk around with them wherever they go.

The next time you view a killer in a horror flick wielding a knife, or you read about one in a novel or an e-book, think about the knife as a symbol and weapon used for killing. Similar to a majority of horror symbolism, you may find that there are extensive points on the character holding the knife that you may have never even thought of.

Famous Beards in Literature

Bearded men are rarely just secondary, background characters in literature. For the most part. Generally when you read of one, he has some sort of hierarchy or power. Whether it’s a political standing, magical power, a leader of a group of family or a captain, characters with beards seems to always fill these sorts of roles. Looking a few of the more well-known beards today, we’ll see examples of a couple of those hierarchies.

Gandalf the Grey/White (The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings)

According to The Hobbit, the wizard Gandalf’s magical beard hangs down beneath his waist. It’s not often you’ll come across a powerful wizard who is beardless in literature or even films. Though a fair few of the characters (every single one of the dwarves, and then some) in the Hobbit sport some pretty hefty beards, the one made most famous by the book and in turn, the film, certainly has to be Gandalf’s. In The Lord of the Rings, Gandalf has returned from the dead after a lengthy and basically extremely dangerous battle with a Balrog (basically a demon of fire and darkness), all dressed in white, with a “sweeping silver beard”. So not only has he evolved from a grey wizard to a white one, but he has gone from his long, somewhat unkempt though very long grey beard, to a ravishing silver one to match his new powers. At this point, it’s Gandalf’s quest to battle the evil white wizard (with a beard to rival his own), Saruman. Needless to say, the length of these 2 powerful wizards (Gandalf and Saruman) are a visual indication of their internal magical powers.

Edward Teach (aka Blackbeard of Treasure Island)

His name really says it all. He had a long, menacing black beard. Blackbeard’s story today is quite loosely based on fact, from the real Edward Teach who died in 1718 at Ocracoke Inlet, North Carolina. Teach was born in Bristol, England, and became a notorious pirate who operated around the West Indies and the east coast of America. Because of his notorious nature and how his stories were passed on through centuries, myth and fiction has a factor in his legacy. There are about 5 real pirates named in the book “Treasure Island”, Blackbeard being one of them. It is said that Blackbeard proclaimed about his treasure “That no-body but himself and the Devil, knew where it was, and the longest liver should take all.” A little unsettling, no? He was feared greatly among his crew and other pirates, often killing a member of his own crew just to remind them who’s boss. Without his dark, black beard, somehow I think he may not have been as menacing.

Charles Ingalls (aka Pa of Little House on the Prairie)

Another character based on truth is Laura Ingalls Wilder’s father, Charles Ingalls. Though perhaps not as deep a character as the previous examples, Charles was a man of power within the family. He was a hunter-trapper, carpenter and farmer, as well a a man who pretty much loved living in low population, woodsy areas. How could he have been beardless with that record? There was a bit of commotion from fans of the books upon the airing of the TV show “Little House on the Prairie”, when Pa was shown beardless and strikingly clean-shaven. His real-life self looked rather like Abraham Lincoln. All in all though, bearded Pa was a family leader with survival and providing for his family on the mind.

Top Rated Books on Hunting

A few of my favorite hunting books

Call of the Mild: Learning to Hunt my Own Dinner

aarboards - PBNLily McCaolou writes this novel about how she had grown up a gun-fearing environmentalist from the big city. She was (is) an animal lover and couldn’t imagine herself as a hunter, however she had a massive shift in thinking when she moved out to Oregon.

She started to go out on the weekends fly fishing and “gasp” started even hunting for her own meat. Something strange happened, she realized that those hunters and fisherman cared deeply about the environment and probably more-so about animals then the typical New York City environmentalist. They understood how the populations of various species integrated with one another and how they affect the entire ecosystem. They also had a much deeper appreciation for their food and the animals it came from as a result of having to hunt it.  Overall it is a fascinating read that opened my eyes up to how radically a persons beliefs can change simply by changing their environment and the people they spend time with.

Hunting and Trapping Secrets

Don’t be fooled by the small boy who looks like he may turn into psychopath when he grows up. Hunting and trapping secrets was a great read for anyone who wants to learn the basic of trapping.  The author Duane, shares some incredible tips on how to track, trap and hunt your own wild game. Duane is clearly an expert as he is able to catch wild animals with only a sharp folding knife and some string. He recommends some basic survival & tactical gear that everyone should have prior to heading off on a hunting trip.

Although the book can be a touch dry, there really is so much gold within the pages. He has suggestions and tips that I had never heard of, and I am an experienced hunter and tracker. Overall a fantastic read and would recommend it to anyone who is just getting into the sport

Turkey Hunting Tactics!

As the name suggests this little gold mine is all about hunting turkeys. Its an entertaining read with humorous albeit accurate information on how to con a turkey into your traps!  It goes into great detail about how the eco-system of turkeys work and why calls work as well as other hunting equipment. Gary, has included everything that will make sure you have a wail of a time on your hunt and more importantly, that it’s a huge success.

Other Books

I recommend checking out some of the “total hunting manuals.” There is a volume about deer hunting, hunting, guns and general outdoors. Within those pages you can find just about everything you need for a successful weekend hunting. 

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