Adventures of a Chilehead: A Mini-Memoir with Recipes by Sharon M. Lippincott

Chilehead Mini-Memoir with Recipes

“Medical opinion notwithstanding, in my humble opinion six major food groups are crucial for happiness and mental health: coffee, chocolate, chile, wine, salt and fat, not necessarily in that order. While I love all six, chile belongs on a list of its own. I’m in a committed life-long love affair with chile. I love it hot, I love it mild. I love it red, green or yellow. I love it fresh, in sauce, in foods.”

Sharon M. Lippincott,
Adventures of a Chilehead:
A Mini-Memoir with Recipes


“It feels so good to hurt so bad.” Sharon Lippincott, a self-professed chilehead from childhood, invokes this mantra to explain her lifelong love affair with this mystical fruit, spelled to honor her New Mexican roots. In Adventures of a Chilehead, she takes readers on a mouth-searing journey through fifty years of increasingly challenging involvement with capsaicin, the heat-giving element in chile. As heat levels escalate, she strives to maintain a balance between the transcendent euphoria of heat-induced endorphins and serious pain in capsicum capers such as “Death by Salsa” and “Great Balls of Fire.” Much of her pleasure comes from preparing chile-based soul food, and she includes twenty-two richly detailed classic recipes that tell you how to adjust heat levels for any taste.

 (Synopsis and image via Goodreads)

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My Thoughts:

Sharon Lippincott’s Adventures of a Chilehead: A Mini-Memoir with Recipes is a short book, 87 pages total on the Kindle edition. Likely the shortest book I’ve read recently.

However, stuffed within those 87 pages, Lippincott regales her reader with knowledge and expertise on chile — hot, mild, semi-hot, any of the three colors grown, recipes, cultural background — and I should not forget the laughter.

At times, Lippincott sprinkles laughter at her own expense among the pages of this gastronomic delight. Lippincott is destined for a world championship medal for eating the hottest and the most chile, if she doesn’t destroy herself with her pyromaniac tendencies toward eating this rather slim and often innocent looking food. So determined to prove her ability to eat the hottest of chile, she often lapses into what appears to be temporary insanity, whether with family, friends or strangers.

Now, I love chile and all things Mexican when it comes to food and drink, but I would not want to have Lippincott test my metal with one of her recipes. I’m afraid I’d have to take along a couple of firemen to make sure that I didn’t leave with charred tissue in my mouth!

All kidding aside, this is a delightful book of memories about a favorite food and culture, and I enjoyed every page and will enjoy trying out the recipes soon.

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My Recommendation: 

Love to eat and cook with chile? Then you must acquire Lippincott’s Adventures of a Chilehead: A Mini-Memoir with Recipes. While enjoying the recipes, you can also choose one of the author’s experiences to share during the meal when you serve it.

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Meet the Author:

Lippincott, Sharon

Sharon Lippincott has been writing in one form or another for over forty years, receiving the Distinguished Thesis Award from Central Washington University in 1979. Her first book Meetings: Do’s Don’ts and Donuts, was published in 1995, with a second edition released in 1999. Since retiring from the business world in 2000, she has developed a passion for all forms of life writing, especially memoir and journaling. She is a dedicated lifelong learner and loves sharing discoveries with others. She teaches classes and workshops both locally and online on basic memoir and lifestory writing as well as specific skills like writing dialog and description and personal transformation through writing.

She serves on the advisory board of the National Association of Memoir Writers, cohosts the Lifewriters’ Forum on YahooGroups, and is active in the Indie Publishing community. Her book, The Heart and Craft of Lifestory Writing together with her blog, The Heart and Craft of Life Writing, has helped thousands create written legacies of their lives. She is currently serving as an adviser for the Allegheny County Library Association’s initiative to sponsor lifestory writing groups in county libraries.

(Bio and image via Amazon)

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Publication Date: November 28, 2013
Publisher: Heart and Craft Press
Genre: Memoir
Kindle edition: 680 KB; 87 pp
Source: Author

I received a copy of Adventures of a Chilehead: A Mini-Memoir with Recipes from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. The opinions expressed herein are my own.


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4 thoughts on “Adventures of a Chilehead: A Mini-Memoir with Recipes by Sharon M. Lippincott

  1. sstamm625 February 10, 2014 at 3:58 pm Reply

    This book sounds really fun. I like memoirs with recipes.


    • Sherrey Meyer February 10, 2014 at 6:35 pm Reply

      Stephanie, it was a really fun book to read, and the recipes sound yummy. Thanks for stopping in!


  2. marianbeaman February 10, 2014 at 7:45 am Reply

    Although I enjoyed the chili con carne we had this weekend, I will cast my vote for chocolate, appropriate this Valentine’s week. “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt,” says Charles Schulz. My mother has been known to take a nibble after her Honey-Nut Cheerios in the morning. You did say it was one of the six major food groups, right?

    Sharon, you have a “hot” cover. A mini-memoir with recipes makes it a hit. It sounds like a great addition to my kitchen library–maybe even gift books too. Thank you, Sharon and Sherrey.


    • Sherrey Meyer February 10, 2014 at 6:37 pm Reply

      I’m a chocolate girl too, Marian, and I’m convinced its antioxidants are a bonus! I love that your mother might take a nibble of chocolate in the mornings after her Cheerios. I must try it! This is a great little book, and Sharon may just start something with the “mini-memoir.”


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