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Rick Bayless's Mexican Kitchen

It is common to say that a book is "definitive" or that it "speaks clearly to our times," but such statements are not always true. In the case of RICK BAYLESS'S MEXICAN KITCHEN: Capturing the Vibrant Flavors of a World Class Cuisine, the claims are justified. Rarely has a book so completely captured the richness and subtlety of a major cuisine and presented it with a clarity and enthusiasm that make it seem perfect for today's cooks.

Think you know Mexican? Think again. Real Mexican Cuisine is world class, "rich with complex flavors, remarkably delicious, invigorating and satisfying," says Bayless. RICK BAYLESS'S MEXICAN KITCHEN is an exuberant teaching document, a joyous examination of a culture and a cuisine that confounds our expectations at every turn. At its heart are the "essential recipes," fourteen building blocks (salsas, sauces and seasonings) that weave their way through many of the book's more than 160 recipes. They are, says Bayless, "the simmered-down essence of Mexican flavor, and they are within the easy reach of North American cooks. You need virtually no specialized equipment, the ingredients have become easily obtainable and the dishes are precisely what we want to eat (in terms of flavor and nutrition)."

Knowledgeable, endlessly enthusiastic, yet utterly pragmatic, Bayless manages to simultaneously celebrate the complexities of this full-flavored cooking while simplifying its preparation for everyone. The result is nothing less than a book that brings this world-class cuisine squarely into contemporary American kitchens. Even cooks who know there's more to Mexican food than tacos and burritos will be amazed at the intriguing possibilities contained in RICK BAYLLESS'S MEXICAN KITCHEN. Tingly from the wide range of chile and spice combinations, dishes such as Slow-Simmered Fava Bean Soup with Mint and Pasillas; Roasted Mexican Vegetables in Green-Sesame Pipian; Smoky Peanut Mole with Grilled Quail; and Yucatan-style Fresh Coconut Pie will be a revelation. Luminously photographed by Maria Robledo, this food is as beautiful to look at as it is thrilling to eat.

Rick Bayless's Mexican Kitchen
by Rick Bayless
Photographs by Maria Robledo
(Scribner Books;
$35.00/hardcover;
October 1996)
ISBN: 0-684-80006-3
Reprinted with permission


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Rick Bayless's Mexican Kitchen
by Rick Bayless
Photographs by Maria Robledo
(Scribner Books;
$35.00/hardcover;
October 1996)
ISBN: 0-684-80006-3
Reprinted with permission


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