Let chilli lover Thomasina Miers revamp your everyday cooking with the ultimate versatile ingredient.
"Most people think about chillies in terms of heat and their capacity to blow one's head off. I think about how they can delicately pep up a pile of silky aubergines, perhaps already spiced with cardamom, cinnamon and faint dusting of cumin; how dark, tobacco-flavoured chillies can add deep mysterious tones to molten chocolate, how smoky chillies can add body to slow cooked, unctuous stews and how smoked, sweet peppers can add a note of earthiness to eggs, grilled flatbreads and saut ed greens."
Chillies can add excitement to the simplest, most frugal ingredients. Chilli Notes is full of recipes that excite and tantalise, comfort and warm. Forget food that is simply there to knock you for six, this book aims to seduce the reader with the power of this humble fruit, even those who profess to loathe the slow burn. Chilli Notes is packed with dishes that you can pull together on a weekday night with ingredients you have lying around. Without long lists of exotic ingredients to stand in your way, Chilli Notes will show you how the chilli can be your exotic bedfellow to add a wonderful, unusual note to your home-cooked family food.
Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers has produced another winner... wonderfully fresh tasting recipes dispel the illusion that Mexican cooking is just refried beans, mince and guacamole. - Daily Express
We've waited two years for Thomasina Miers' follow-up to her cookbook Mexican Food Made Simple, but thankfully it was well worth the wait. Wahaca - Mexican Food At Home is a vividly bright and mouth-watering selection of Mexican-inspired recipes, developed from Thomasina's extensive travels across the country. - Stylist
If you love proper Mexican food, the recipes will hit the spot - and if you haven't tried it yet, you'll soon be a convert to la vida Mexicana - Delicious
Just reading the introduction to Wahaca is enough to inspire even the most unadventurous of cooks... colour bursts from the pages - mouth-watering photography gives way to easy to follow diagrams for burritos, taquitos and tacos. - Country Life
Quite apart from having opened up a cocktail bar in Mexico City and won Masterchef in 2005, Miers is the moving force behind the street food chain Wahaca. Her cookbook proves that Mexican food can be a matter of subtle flavours and zinging colours. - Telegraph
There's lots of good stuff, including a generous breakfast section, a guide to chillies and lots of little essays conjuring the magic of a Mexican food market. - Metro
When Thomasina Miers first arrived in Mexico aged eighteen, she fell so in love with its food that she went back to live there, opening up a cocktail bar in Mexico City and using her free time to travel the country and cook with some of Mexico's top chefs. After returning to London and winning BBC2's MasterChef in 2005, Thomasina opened the Mexican street food cantina, Wahaca, which won the Observer Food Monthly's 'best cheap eats' award, and has now opened three branches. She writes a regular recipe column in the Times and is co-editor of Soup Kitchen (2005) and the author of Cook (2006), Wild Gourmets (2007), and Mexican Food Made Simple (2010).