It feels so good to hurt so bad. Sharon Lippincott, a self-professed chilehead from childhood, explains 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 involvement with capsaicin, the fiery element in chile. As heat levels escalate, she strives to maintain 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 annotate recipes that tell you hot to adjust heat levels for any taste.