How chile peppers transformed China’s cuisine and culture

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Chili peppers are an important part of Chinese cuisine and culture. Photo credit: Михаил Прокопенко/CC 2.0, via Pixabay

When considering Sichuan or Hunan dishes, it’s impossible to eliminate the role of the chile pepper. History professor Brian Dott explores how the non-native pepper went from obscurity to ubiquity. They influence not only a country’s cuisine, but its language, medicine and cultural identity. He explains all this in his forthcoming book titled “The Chile Pepper in China.”

The cover of “The Chile Pepper in China.” Photo courtesy of Columbia University Press
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Host:
Evan Kleiman

Producers:
Joseph Stone, Laryl Garcia