Victor M. Valle is a professor emeritus at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. He writes extensively on urban politics, economy, and food for a variety of media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times and Gastronomica: The Journal for Food Studies. He is the author of Recipe of Memory: Five Generations of Mexican Cuisine.
"A deep exploration into chile's ontology, mythology, epigenetics, and indigenized place-making."--Enrique R. Lamadrid, coeditor of Water for the People: The Acequia Heritage of New Mexico in a Global Context
"Valle's work makes resounding contributions to the fields of food studies, ethnic studies, Mesoamerican history, and philosophy. This book is bound to become essential reading for scholars, chefs, and chile eaters alike!"--Joseph Tuminello, contributor to Food Justice in US and Global Contexts: Bringing Theory and Practice Together
"In this brilliant analysis, chiles emerge as protagonists in the multicultural wars that date from the sixteenth century to the present. Victor M. Valle calls out all the contradictions that entangle culinary practices of heat and flavor with prejudice, misunderstandings, and derision and offers instead erudite theorizations of meaning and power through a taste-based methodology that respects the botanical product as much as its fiery eaters--both equally qualified warriors of memory and dignity."--Maribel Alvarez, coeditor of Hungry for Change: Borderlands Food and Water in the Balance