Rick Bayless has been acclaimed widely as America's foremost proponent of Mexico's thrillingly diverse cuisine. In this companion book to his 26-part Public Television series, he takes us, with boyish enthusiasm, through Mexican markets, street stalls and home kitchens to bring us the great dishes of Mexico, one “plate” at a time.
Rick Bayless has been acclaimed widely as America's foremost proponent of Mexico's thrillingly diverse cuisine. In this companion book to his 26-part Public Television series, he takes us, with boyish enthusiasm, through Mexican markets, street stalls and home kitchens to bring us the great dishes of Mexico, one “plate” at a time. And each “plate” Rick presents here is a Mexican classic. Take guacamole, for instance. After teaching us the essentials for a perfect, classic guacamole, Rick shows how to spin contemporary interpretations, like his Roasted Poblano Guacamole with garlic and parsley. Rick's cuisine is always lively, but rooted in strong traditions.
Always the teacher, Rick begins each “plate” with some never-before-found features: traditional benchmarks (Rick's idea of the best guacamole), when to think of the recipes (weeknight dinners or casual party food), and advice for American cooks (Rick's insight into the ingredients that make the dish). He rounds out each “plate” with suggestions for working ahead.
To complete the journey into the Mexican mindset, Rick, with help from his testers, ends each “plate” with a question-and-answer section detailing just about everything a home cook might want to know: What are the best cuts of beef for grilled tacos? The best cheeses for quesadillas? Is one grill better than another? Rick draws from his years of living in Mexico, pulling us into the Mexican kitchen, to teach us how to create authentic Mexican dishes in our American kitchens.
Rick is an Indiana Jones of the stove, a Julia Child of Mexican cuisine in black jeans and a T-shirt. Rick's goal: to enable folks all across the United States to create dishes that weave in the rich tapestry of Mexican flavor with ingredients that are widely available. He always provides ingredients that make the dish authentic, but he also delivers with the right substitute if an ingredient is hard to find.
Experience food you can't wait to make in a new and user-friendly cookbook that contains the full range of dishes—Starters, Snacks and Light Meals; Soups, Stews and Sides; Entrées; Desserts and Drinks. Rick serves up such classic Mexican plates as Tomatillo-Braised Pork Loin, Quick-Fried Shrimp with Sweet Toasty Garlic, Chiles Rellenos, Cheesy Enchiladas Suizas, and Mexican Vanilla-Scented Flan.
And for an exciting taste of the unexpected, try Rick's contemporary interpretations of the classics—Crispy Potato Sopes with Goat Cheese and Fresh Herbs, Grilled Salmon with Lemon-and-Thyme-Scented Salsa Veracruzana, Broiled Flank Steak with Tomato-Poblano Salsa and Rustic Cajeta Apple Tarts with Berry “Salsa.” Food and friends, food and family. Good cooking, for Rick, is the unspoken animator of friends and family as they gather to share a meal. Rick's recipes lend themselves to weeknight family meals or celebrations. Take part in a tamalada, the tamal-making party before the party, or the ritual of a barbacoa, an earthy experience that Rick has made possible with a kettle grill in the backyard.
24 color photographs of finished dishes Photographs of Mexican location shots throughout
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About the Author
Rick Bayless has won our country's highest chef honors (James Beard Foundation's National Chef of the Year). He's also won our highest cookbook award for Rick Bayless's Mexican Kitchen (Julia Child/IACP Cookbook of the Year). His other cookbooks include Authentic Mexican and Salsas That Cook. His famed Chicago restaurants, Frontera Grill and Topolobampo, have both won many awards, including the coveted Ivy Award. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Deann, and their daughter, Lane.
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Was there ever a fruit as sensual as an avocado? So rough-hewn, dare-to-touch-me masculine on the outside, so yielding, inviting, soft spring green and feminine inside? Writers have proclaimed that the avocado, tomato and chile are among Mexico's gifts to the world. And they name guacamole, where all three come together, as a perfect work of art.
It's no wonder that this perfect fruit begs to be mashed to enhance its melting, naturally spreadable quality. Early Spanish settlers called guacamole "the butter of the poor." The Aztecs recognized its possibilities when they coined the word "guacamole": "guaca" for avocado and "mole" for sauce.
Mashed avocado invites you to add flavors think flavored butters here. Yet, considering how perfect it is in itself, the challenge is to exercise restraint. There are Mexican purists who stop at a sprinkle of salt on their avocado mash and call that guacamole. But I think you can employ a little creativity, setting some limits: no mayonnaise or sour cream. Avocado flesh by itself has an unctuous quality and subtle flavor no need to dilute it. As for the add-ins, these flavor pinpoints seem more welcome when the guacamole is intended for chips. On the Mexican side of the border, guacamole's role is more as a salsa, something you spread on a taco. A smooth version blended with tomatillos can be a delicious drizzle over practically anything edible.
The second recipe here, the contemporary one, produces guacamole that is boosted with roasted poblanos, roasted tomatoes and roasted garlic. Roasting heightens sweetness, yielding a deeper-flavored guacamole. Though this contemporary version is good in and of itself, it is a perfect sauce for salmon steaks or grilled chicken. Whether you choose traditional or contemporary, feel free to pare these recipes down or add to them. They're yours to make your own.
Traditional benchmark: In my opinion, the best guacamole is a simple one one that glamorizes the flavor of really delicious avocados, plain and simple. That starts with hand-mashing thoroughly ripe avocados to a chunky-smooth texture, then underscoring the avocado's natural richness with a little tang from lime juice, perhaps a little perfumy cilantro, maybe some crunchy onion and a hint of hot green chile. And tomato, too, might go in to boost the flavors with sweetness though that's not always necessary.
When to think of these recipes: Guacamole is tremendously versatile. It almost defines the phrase "casual party food," but it's so simple to make that there's nothing to keep you from whipping up a batch for Wednesday night dinner, to spoon, say, onto a simple soft taco or over grilled chicken or fish. Guacamole in a warm corn tortilla is a favorite (if not totally balanced) lunch of mine.
Advice for American cooks: Decent avocados are quite readily available, but they're not always ripe. You may have to buy them a few days before you need them to ensure that they'll be soft-ripe.
Makes about 2 1/2 cups, serving 6 as an appetizer, 8 to 10 as a nibble
Fresh hot green chiles to taste (about 2 serranos or 1 jalapeño), stemmed
1/2 medium white onion, finely chopped (about 1/3 cup),
plus a little extra for garnish
6 ounces (1 medium round or 2 plum) tomatoes (you want
these ripe, though absolute red ripeness isn't as important
here as it is, say, for chopped tomato salsa)
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro, plus a little extra
3 medium-large (about 1 1/4 pounds total) ripe avocados
1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
A few slices of radish for garnish (optional)
1. Roasting the chiles. Lay the chiles in a small ungreased skillet set over medium heat. Turn them every minute or so until they have softened (they'll darken in spots), 5 to 10 minutes. Mash them into a coarse puree, using a mortar, or finely chop them. Place in a large bowl.
2. More flavorings. Scoop the chopped onion into a strainer and rinse under cold water; shake off excess water and add to the bowl with the chiles. Chop the tomatoes into small bits skin, seeds and all is my preference. You should have a scant cup. Add to the bowl along with the cilantro.
3. The avocados. To cut an avocado in half, you have to negotiate the large egg-shaped pit in the middle. Make a cut down the length of 1 avocado straight through to the pit. Continue cutting all the way around the pit until you wind up where you started. Twist the two halves in opposite directions and pull them apart. Scoop out the pit (the hueso, or bone, in Spanish) with a spoon. Then scoop out the avocado flesh from the skin and add to the bowl. Do the same with the remaining avocados. Use an old-fashioned potato masher or the back of a large spoon to mash the avocado flesh into a coarse pulp, mixing in the other ingredients as you go.
4. Seasoning the guacamole. Taste the guacamole and season with salt, usually a scant teaspoon, then add some of the lime juice and taste again. Continue seasoning with lime until the guacamole has enough zip for you. Cover with plastic wrap, placing it directly on the surface, and refrigerate until you're ready to serve.
5. Serving. Unless you're serving guacamole dolloped on tacos or the like, the classic way to present it to your guests is in a Mexican lava-rock mortar (molcajete), sprinkled with chopped onion and cilantro. Sliced radish, if you have it, looks pretty here, and to the Mexican eye completes the very popular, patriotic red-white-and-green motif.
Working Ahead: Guacamole is good when freshly made, but, in my opinion, it tastes even better when the flavors are allowed to mingle for about half an hour before serving. If well chilled, it'll keep for several hours. After that, the flavors get out of balance and the avocado starts to turn brown.
Copyright © 2000 by Rick Bayless
Table of Contents
1. Starters, Snacks and Light Meals
Ceviche (Lime-Marinated Seafood)
Sopes (Corn Masa Boats)
Gorditas (Corn Masa Pockets)
Taquería Tacos with Grilled and Griddled Fillings (Tacos al Carbón y Tacos a la Plancha)
Home-Style Tacos with Casserole Fillings (Tacos de Cazuela)
Chilaquiles (Tortilla Casserole)
2. Soups, Stews and Sides
Mexican Chicken Soup
Mexican Seafood Stew
Pozole (Pork and Hominy Stew)
Turkey with Red Mole
Chicken with Green Pipián (Pumpkin Seed Sauce)
Chicken Adobado (with Red Chile Marinade)
Fish a la Veracruzana (with Tomatoes, Capers, Olives and Herbs)
Fish in Escabeche (Brothy Vinaigrette with Herbs and Vegetables)
Seafood in Mojo de Ajo (Toasty, Slow-Cooked Garlic)
Pork in Salsa Verde (Tomatillo Sauce)
Beef a la Mexicana (with Roasted Tomatoes and Green Chiles)
Carne Asada (Mexican-Style Grilled Steak)
Barbacoa (Slow-Cooked Meats, Pit-Style)
4. Desserts and Drinks
Cajeta (Goat's Milk Caramel Sauce)
The Quintessentially Tropical Mango
Tequila, Margaritas, Beer and Wine
Mexican Culinary Glossary
An Internet Guide to Mail-Order Sources for Mexican Cooking
What People are Saying About This
Rick Bayless sees in Mexican food the everyday personal celebration of life, art, and friendship across a table. His knowledge is so deep, his explanations can be simple. His recipes are lucid, allow for error, and encourage innovation. I tried the chilaquiles recipe as soon as I opened this book. The results were delicious, my friends were delighted, and we laughed and lingered late into the night. I think that's what Rick likes to help bring about with this lovely and lyrical book. (Scott Simon Host, National Public Radio's Weekend Edition with Scott Simon author of Home and Away: Memoir of a Fan)
Rick Bayless's passion and thorough knowledge of authentic Mexican food has truly changed our minds and our palates! Great food!
Rick Bayless has the depth and breadth of knowledge about Mexican food
traditions that most food writers can only dream of. What's more, his
genius is a pragmatic one: he helps us learn why certain authentic
preparations taste as marvelous as they do, so that we can confidently
prepare them ourselves. Bayless is as vital to the culinary exchange
between the U.S. and Mexico as Carlos Fuentes is to our binational
literature. Viva Ricardo!
Gary Nabhan, MacArthur Award-winning ethnobotanist and author of Coming Home to Eat
Much as we might love digging into a Mexican meal during a night on the town, many of us are reluctant to attempt it at home because it seems as if the techniques and ingredients are beyond us. Not any more, Rick Bayless---one of the greatest teachers I know---has demystified Mexican cuisine for American home cooks. He gives us the recipes, the techniques, the equipment and the mail order sources for the food. Along the way, he demonstrates that there's much more to this great cuisine than nachos and burritos. Indeed, under Rick's tutelage it appears that Mexican cuisine is as vast and subtle as French or Italian.
Sara Moulton, host of Cooking Live with Sara
I have long admired the work of Rick Bayless, both in his cookbooks and his
two restaurants in Chicago. In Mexico One Plate at a Time he continues his
passionate attempt to introduce us to a long ignored cuisine and this book
should take his noble efforts over the top. It is a splendid book and
anyone who cares about world cuisine will want it in their library.
Jim Harrison, Author of Legends of the Fall and The Road Home
I just love how Rick has given not only his contemporary recipes but the traditional as well. It's one of the best Mexican cookbooks I have seen.
Rick Bayless managed to make my mouth water and my mind leave New York (direction Mexico!) all in one book. His recipes are incredibly appetizing and his Q&A section at the end of each chapter is both inspired and incredibly helpful . There is not a doubt in my mind that this book and it's related PBS series will be a resounding success
In Rick Bayless's Mexico: One Plate at a Time, you will discover Mexican cooking as you've never had it in your life. Great dishes and easy techniques make this book a must
RecipeRecipes from Mexico One Plate at a Time
Ceviche de Salmón a la Naranja (Salmon Ceviche with orange, capers and roasted green chile)
Makes 4 cups, serving 8 as an appetizer
1 pound very fresh skinless salmon fillets (you'll need about 1 1/4 pounds if the salmon has the skin -- trim off the skin before proceeding), cut into 1/2-inch cubes or slightly smaller
About 2/3 cup fresh lime juice
About 2/3 cup fresh orange juice
1 medium red onion, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces
1 large fresh poblano chile
2 large seedless oranges
2 tablespoons drained capers
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus some leaves for garnish
2 generous cups frisée lettuce (what you'll get from 1 small head)
Thin slices toasted French bread or special crackers for serving
1. Marinating the salmon. Place the salmon in a 1 1/2-quart glass or stainless steel bowl and stir in the lime and orange juices and onion. You'll need enough juice to cover the fish and allow it to float somewhat freely. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours, until a piece of salmon looks "cooked" about halfway through -- it'll still be translucent pink inside. Drain off all but a little of the juice.
2. The flavorings. Roast the poblano over an open flame or on a baking sheet 4 inches below a very hot broiler, turning regularly until the skin is evenly blistered and blackened, about 5 minutes for an open flame, 10 minutes for the broiler. Cover with a kitchen towel and let stand for 5 minutes. Rub off the blackened skin, then pull or cut out the stem and the seed pod. Tear open and quickly rinse to remove any stray seeds and bits of skin. Cut into 1/4-inch pieces and place in a large bowl.
Cut the stem and blossom ends (tops and bottoms) off both oranges. Then, standing each orange on your cutting board and working close to the flesh, cut away the rind and all the white pith. Cut out the all-orange, no-white-pith segments: With a small sharp knife, cut between the segment-dividing white membranes, releasing perfect little segments (called suprêmes). Cut the segments in half and add to the bowl.
Stir in the capers, cilantro and marinated salmon (with the remaining juice). Taste and season with salt, usually about 1/2 teaspoon, then cover and refrigerate if not serving immediately.
3. Serving the ceviche. Divide the frisée among eight martini glasses or small decorative bowls. Spoon the ceviche into the center of the lettuce, lay on a leaf or two of cilantro and you're ready to share this wonderful dish with your guests. Serve with toasts or crackers.
Working ahead: This ceviche is best made the day it is served. After marinating the fish, the flavorings can be successfully added 4 or 5 hours ahead, but spoon the ceviche onto the lettuce when the guests are seated.
Tamales de Pollo con Chile Verde (Green Chile Chicken Tamales)
Makes about 24 tamales
One 8-ounce package dried corn husks
For the filling:
1 pound (10 to 12 medium) tomatillos, husked and rinsed
Fresh hot green chiles to taste (roughly 4 to 6 serranos or 2 to 3 jalapeños), stemmed and roughly chopped
4 large garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil
3 to 3 1/2 cups chicken broth
4 cups (about 1 pound) coarsely shredded cooked chicken, preferably grilled, roasted, or rotisserrie chicken
2/3 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro
For the batter:
10 ounces (1 1/4 cups) rich-tasting pork lard (or vegetable shortening if you wish), slightly softened but not at all runny
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 pounds (4 cups) fresh coarse-ground corn masa for tamales OR 3 1/2 cups dried masa harina for tamales mixed with 2 1/4 cups hot water
1. Preparing the corn husks. Cover the husks with very hot water, weight with a plate to keep them submerged and let stand for a couple of hours, until they are pliable.
For forming the tamales, separate out 24 of the largest and most pliable husks -- ones that are at least 6 inches across on the wider end and 6 or 7 inches long. If you can't find enough good ones, overlap some of the larger ones to give wide, sturdy surfaces to spread the batter on. Pat the chosen husks with a towel.
2. Preparing the filling. On a baking sheet, roast the tomatillos about 4 inches below a very hot broiler until soft (they'll blacken in spots), about 5 minutes; flip them over and roast the other side. Cool, then transfer to a food processor or blender along with all the delicious juice that has run onto the baking sheet. Add the chiles and garlic and process to a smooth puree.
Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high. When it is quite hot, add the puree all at once and stir until noticeably thicker and darker, about 5 minutes. Add 2 cups of the broth and simmer over medium heat until thick enough to coat a spoon quite heavily, about 10 minutes. Taste and season generously with salt, usually about 2 teaspoons. Stir in the chicken and cilantro; cool completely.
3. Preparing the batter. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the lard (or shortening) with 2 teaspoons salt and the baking powder until light in texture, about 1 minute. Continue beating for another minute or so, until a half-teaspoon dollop of the batter floats in a cup of cold water (if it floats, you can be sure the tamales will be tender and light).
Beat in enough of the remaining 1/2 cup broth to give the mixture the consistency of soft (not runny) cake batter; it should hold its shape in a spoon. Taste the batter and season with additional salt if you think it needs some.
For the lightest-textured tamales, refrigerate the batter for an hour or so, then rebeat, adding a little more broth or water to bring the mixture to the soft consistency it had before.
4. Setting up the steamer. Steaming 24 husk-wrapped tamales can be done in batches in a collapsible vegetable steamer set into a large deep saucepan. To steam them all at once, you need something like the kettle-sized tamale steamers used in Mexico or Asian stalk steamers, or you can improvise by setting a wire rack on four coffee or custard cups in a large kettle. Pour an inch or so of water into the bottom of the steamer and heat to a boil.
It is best to line the rack or upper part of the steamer with some of the leftover corn husks to protect the tamales from direct contact with the steam and to add more flavor. Make sure to leave tiny spaces between the husks so condensing steam can drain off.
5. Forming the tamales. Cut 24 8- to 10-inch pieces of string or thin strips of corn husks. One at a time, form the tamales: Lay out one of your chosen corn husks with the tapering end toward you. Spread about 1/4 cup of the batter into about a 4-inch square, leaving at least a 1 1/2-inch border at the end toward you and a 3/4-inch border along the other sides (with large husks, the borders will be much bigger). Spoon about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the filling down the center of the batter. Pick up the two long sides of the corn husk and bring them together (this will cause the batter to surround the filling). If the uncovered borders of the two long sides you're holding are narrow, tuck one side under the other; if wide, roll both sides over in the same direction around the tamale. (If the husk is small, you may feel more comfortable wrapping the tamale in a second husk.) Finally, fold up the empty 1 1/2-inch section of the husk (to form a tightly-closed "bottom," leaving the top open), and secure it in place by loosely tying one of the strings or strips of husk around the tamale. As they're made, stand the tamales on their folded bottoms in the prepared steamer. Don't tie the tamales too tightly or pad them too closely in the steamer -- they need room to expand.
6. Steaming and serving the tamales. When all the tamales are in the steamer, cover them with a layer of more leftover corn husks; if your husk-wrapped tamales don't take up the entire steamer, fill in the open spaces with loosely wadded aluminum foil to keep the tamales from falling over. Set the lid in place and steam over a constant medium heat for about 1 1/4 hours. Watch carefully to make sure that all the water doesn't boil away and, to keep the steam steady, pour boiling water into the pot when more is necessary.
Tamales are done when the husks peel away from the masa easily. Let the tamales stand in the steamer off the heat for a few minutes to firm up. For the best-textured tamales, let them cool completely, then steam again for about 15 minutes to heat them through.
Working ahead: Both filling and batter can be made several days ahead, as can the finished tamales; refrigerate, well covered. Resteam (or even microwave) the tamales before serving. For even more flexibility, batter, filling and finished tamales can all be frozen. Defrost finished tamales in the refrigerator overnight before resteaming.
Manteca de Cerda (Fresh Pork Lard)
Makes 1 3/4 cups
Okay, okay. I know I've said it before, but no one seems to remember: Lard has less than half the cholesterol and about one-third less saturated fat than butter! You won't drop dead if you eat a little bit of it every once in a while. And using it won't raise any questions about your moral fiber. In fact, it's delicious, digestible and the perfect flavor component in many Mexican dishes. When buying pork lard, I suggest you look for fresh-rendered lard from a Mexican or other ethnic butcher, rather than the hydrogenated pale blond bricks they sell in most groceries. Or, go through the easy steps of making it yourself.
2 pounds pork fat (scraps trimmed off roasts and chops are good here, but don't use salt pork or fatty bacon -- those flavors are very strong)
Cut the pork fat into 1-inch cubes. Spread it out in a deep baking dish and set it in an oven turned on to 275 degrees F. Stir it every once in a while as the fat renders into a clear liquid. When the baking dish contains only clear liquid and browned bits, after about 2 hours, carefully remove the dish from the oven. (Letting the cracklings, as the browned bits are called, color richly gives the lard a fuller, roastier flavor.)
Let the lard cool to lukewarm, then strain. (The little browned bits are wonderful sprinkled over a salad.) Store the lard in a tightly sealed jar in the refrigerator -- or freezer, if you're not going to use it all within a month.
Horchata de Almendra (Almond-Rice Cooler)
Makes 6 cups, serving 8
Though it may sound a touch odd to North Americans, this milky-looking cool drink is ubiquitous in Mexico. It's refreshing while offering the comforting flavors of rice pudding. But since it's made from soaked, raw rice, there's no thickishness to make it heavy or cloying. I am, however, offering a recipe enriched with almonds (patterned after my all-time favorite version at Casilda in the old downtown Oaxaca market); most cooks use only rice. And, for those interested in a seductive experience, make horchata with milk rather than water.
2/3 cup (5 ounces) rice -- medium- or long-grain rice is fine
1 1/4 cups (6 ounces) blanched almonds
A 3-inch piece of cinnamon stick, preferably Mexican canela
4 1/2 cups water (or 2 1/2 cups water and 2 cups milk)
1 cup sugar, plus a little more if desired
In a large bowl, combine the rice, almonds, cinnamon stick, and 2 1/2 cups of the water -- here it should be hot tap water. Cool, cover and refrigerate overnight.
Pour the mixture into the blender, add the sugar and blend on high for several minutes, until the mixture is as smooth as possible -- there will still be a hint of grittiness when you rub a drop between your fingers. Strain through a fine sieve (if yours isn't very fine, line it with cheesecloth), pressing on the solids until only a dryish pulp remains. Pour into a pitcher, add the remaining 2 cups (cold) water (or the milk), taste and sweeten with a little more sugar if you wish. Serve over ice. In Oaxaca, they swirl a little pureed red cactus fruit (tuna or jiotilla) into each glass, turning the horchata rosy, then top the drink with cubed canteloupe and broken pecans.
Recipes from Mexico One Plate at a Time by Rick Bayless. Copyright © 2000 by Rick Bayless.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I began this book with a chip on my shoulder, because I'm not fond of most celebrity chefs, and I didn't understand the layout of it when I was looking in it for recipes. However, now that I've read it, I'm inclined to think that Rick Bayless has earned whatever celebrity status he has. It all makes sense, and in fact, is very useful and informative. The recipes are inspiring in that they seem practical for the home cook, yet authentic. There is a lot of insight into the whys and wherefores of Mexican cuisine. I love the little photos of the Mexican food and markets which are inserted throughout. Very helpful glossary and mail/online sources in the back. I look forward to cooking with this book; it has already inspired several great dishes in my home. The lessons and techniques alone are worth the price.
Rick thank you for bringing this book. We loved watching your show when it was on and we're hoping you will return soon. I am hoping you will introduce this book and others on DVD so we can go step by step and pause so we can complete the step before moving on to the next. Rick knows more about the food, the people and the recipes than we could ever hope to know. He's the "Real Deal", trust me. We love your passion and respect for the culture whom you represent in this book. Awsome job Rick. I've purchased 3 books of yours for Christmas Presents. My granddaughter especially who in her heart really wanted to be a chef be we can not afford the tuition. So thank you for giving us these wonderful recipes.
I love this cookbook. So much so I ordered one of his others, Rick Bayless's Mexican Kitchen. He explains in detail how to get it all together. The first week I had this book I tried 3 different recipes. All were so very good. You just can't miss with these books. Not the typical tacos and enchilladas but exciting new things to taste and easy to create.
My wife grew up in Oaxaca, and last summer we went to Mexico for three weeks of Vacation. So when she brought this book home from our local library, I was interested in seeing if Bayless had indeed captured the flavor of the country. From the first recipe we tried, it was apparent that this was not just another cutesy Tex-Mex cookbook. My congratulations on a job well done. This book is so authentic, that we even recognized some people we met during our stay. If you realllllllly want to taste Mexico without actually going there, prepare yourself for a treat, this is the definitive work on the subject of 'real' Mexican cuisine. We cannot go without this book for extended periods, so now we own a copy instead of taking our chances at the library. I have one complaint however. He doesn't tell us where in this country we can get those watermelon sized Papayas that we found in the Mitla and Tlacolula markets.
After watching One Plate at a Time on my local PBS station I wanted to order this book. It can not be done through PBS. My roommate works for the PBS call center, with her help, we did an extended search on the PBS site and local PBS station's site, to no avail. One of those, 'You can't get there from here.' Thank you Barnes & Noble! for making it so easy to find this.