Manna for advanced chili addicts. First, 92 pages of exhaustively researched chili lore and legend: quotations from chili connoisseur periodicals; botanical bits on peppers, chilis, and capsicums; anecdotes about the origins of chili; and a detailed discussion of chili ingredients (""to bean or not to bean,"" ""options and add-ons""). Then, a hundred pages of chili recipes from ""Bob Marsh's Buffalo Chili for 600"" and the Texas State Prison's ""Jailhouse Chili"" to the ""Pasadena Junior League Apple Con Came"" and ""Mark Kauffman's Cuisinart Chili."" Some of the recipes are fine (we're especially partial to ""Peiranos' Chili,"" with olives, sausage, and garbanzos) and others are interesting reading for chili buffs. The book is even organized, for better browsing, by regions--after an opening section of Army recipes from 1896 on! Special but well spiced.