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Authentic Mexican: Regional Cooking from the Heart of Mexico [Paperback]

Rick Bayless , Deann Groen Bayless
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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25 Jan 1990

Americans have at last discovered Mexico's passion for exciting food. We've fallen in love with the great Mexican combination of rich, earthy flavors and casual, festive dining. But we don't begin to imagine how sumptuous and varied the cooking of Mexico really is.

After ten years of loving exploration, Rick Bayless, together with his wife, Deann, gave us Authentic Mexican, this now classic, easy-to-use compendium of our southern neighbor's cooking.

This all-embracing cookbook offers the full range of dishes, from poultry, meat, fish, rice, beans, and vegetables to eggs, snacks made of corn masa, tacos, turnovers, enchiladas and their relatives, tamales, and moles, ending with desserts, sweets, and beverages. There are irresistible finger foods such as Yucatecan marinated shrimp tacos and crispy cheese-filled masa turnovers; spicy corn chowder and chorizo sausage with melted cheese will start off a special dinner; you will find mole poblano, charcoal-grilled pork in red-chile adobo, and marinated fish steamed in banana leaves for those times when you want to celebrate; and exotic ice creams, caramel custards, and pies to top off any meal. There's even a section devoted to refreshing coolers, rich chocolate drinks, and a variety of tequila-laced cocktails.

The master recipes feature all the pointers you'll need for re-creating genuine Mexican textures and flavors in a North American kitchen. Menu suggestions and timing and advance-preparation tips make these dishes perfectly convenient for today's working families. And traditional and contemporary variations accompany each recipe, allowing the cook to substitute and be creative.

Rick and Deann Bayless traveled more than thirty-five thousand miles investigating the six distinct regions of Mexico and learning to prepare what they found. From town to town, recipe by recipe, they personally introduce you to Mexico's cooks, their kitchens, their markets, and their feasts.

If, like the rest of us, you have a growing love for Mexican food, the reliable recipes in this book and the caring, personal presentation by Rick and Deann Bayless will provide meal after meal of pure pleasure for your family and friends.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Product details

  • Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing; New edition edition (25 Jan 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747279853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747279853
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 17.6 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,662,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rick Bayless is co-owner, with his wife, Deann, of the perennially award-winning Chicago restaurants Frontera Grill and Topolobampo. As a chef and cookbook author, he has won America's highest culinary honors, including Humanitarian of the Year. He is host of the top-rated Public Television series Mexico—One Plate at a Time. His Frontera and Topolo food products can be purchased coast to coast.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Many Mexican cookbooks provide good recepies, but the flavors seem to be "americanized". After traveling south of the boader numerous times, I have begun to appreciate the real/authentic flavors much more. This book is by far the best on the market for this! I highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect dishes every time 3 Jan 2010
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I bought this book for my son who had spent 2 years in Mexico and enjoyed the food there very much, he has tried several receipes from the book and says it is brilliant and authentic.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent in every way! 31 Oct 1995
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Excellent cookbook. The recipes are the best I've ever found on true Mexican cooking. There is a restaurant in Chicago owed and operated by the authors of this book. You must check it out if you're ever in Chicago.

The cookbook itself is extremely easy to follow. It provides very useful sidebar comments on practical tips and regional variations. This helps make this cookbook a dream!

If you're looking for a Mexican cookbook, there's no better one to be found.
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I just finished writing my Plan of Concentration for my Bachelor's degree on the History and Anthropology of Mexican food. I found Rick Bayless' book to be the best source of information on Mexican cooking that there is. He gives background information, clear and easy to follow recipes, and great drawings.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as expected 22 April 2013
Honestly I was expecting more from this book. Diana Kennedy's books seem to be allot better. I am a chef and work in a Mexican restaurant and maybe for that reason I felt the book was lacking something. It didn't really teach me anything or inspire me as much as I expected. Although the recipes were well written and easy to follow. I wanted more than something I could write myself from a chef I admire so much.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good cookbook but a little dated 11 Mar 2010
This book has everything you want to know about mexican cooking. Packed full of great recipes and information about ingredients. However despite the quality of the recipes the book itself inside looks very dated. Less than 20 images of the recipes and even though the illustrations are helpful im sure pictures would be even better. The dated layout out is very cluttered and ugly and desperately needs a re-design. But dont let this minor fault put you off what is a very good and substantial mexican cookbook.
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