The Book

The goal of this project is to publish a mass-market, non-fiction narrative in the style of best-selling books such as Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky and Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan.

The world is going through a culinary revolution, with new ingredients, cuisines, and trends rapidly remaking how we eat and consume our food. At the center of this is the chili pepper, as spicy food products of all types are seeing rapid growth in foodie capitals and in online communities with blogs, viral videos and recipes spreading across the world. Yet, despite its growing popularity, there are no published books on the history of the chili pepper. There several on how to grow one or more of its many different varieties, or on how to cook it. But when it comes to a narrative history that goes beyond gardens and kitchens, readers have nothing.

A Spicy Quest goes beyond a regular culinary history of the chili pepper, but aims to dive into the fascinating and complex history of trade, colonialism, and social, cultural and political climates and how this all helped shape the chili pepper.

The plan is to dedicate several months of travel for field research to dive deep into the regions and cultures where the chili pepper can be traced, to hear from local experts like chili growers, chefs, traders, food bloggers and others who can share their knowledge, and create a mosaic of stories and secrets that will tell the history of the chili pepper.

If you are interested in representing or publishing this book, want to see my full proposal, or have a chat about the project, contact me using the form below and I’ll get back to you quickly.


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    Nithin Coca
    2323 Broadway
    Oakland, CA 93117

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