We are busy planning our May trip to Italy and England to promote The Complete Chile Pepper Book, which makes me think about how much both of those countries have heated up chile-wise in the past two decades. Chile pepper growing, both commercially and as a hobby, has exploded, particulary in Italy. In England, formerly the Land of the Bland, curry has taken over the culinary world and is the primary source of spicy food. My good friend Pat Chapman, the King of Curries and I are planning an event called The King of Curries Meets the Pope of Peppers, and I will post more information as soon as the details are firmed up. Meanwhile, I though you might enjoyed some stories and recipes about those two countries and their favorite spicy foods. See the articles on spicy Italy, here and here and our 12-part series A World of Curries is here.