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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; First Edition edition (May 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580081916
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580081917
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 8.7 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

Chevys is a vast chain (160 and counting) of Mexican restaurants that has spread across the country from San Francisco (Rio Bravo is a recent affiliate, based in the Southeast). It describes its food as "Fresh Mex," and one of its mottoes is "No Cans in Our Kitchen." This book features a lively design, sort of a scrapbook of photographs and recipes and tips on Post-its, and the text is written in a likable, humorous style. The recipes, from Cracked Crab Enchiladas to Chocolate Tequila Bread Pudding, seem delicious; many of them, however, do have a number of subcomponents, such as chile purees and spice mixes--but that's why they call it "Fresh Mex." For most collections.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"A very easy-to-follow guide, with tantalizing photographs and fun graphics that reflect the chain'¬?s atmosphere." - Sacramento Bee

Customer Reviews

The roasted chicken was phenomenal!
roadkill9
I bought this book for my son's second grade teacher, and came here today to buy myself a copy I liked it so much!
J. Johnston-Tyler
I've tried many of the recipes and they're all wonderful and very easy to accomplish.
Holly E

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By J. Johnston-Tyler on May 26, 2000
I bought this book for my son's second grade teacher, and came here today to buy myself a copy I liked it so much!
As a former chef, I look for well-written instructions as well as creative dishes in a cookbook, and this book has both in spades. It has many "basics" such as their salsas, ranchero, and chipotle sauces which are then used in combinations to create other dishes. The book also has simple charts that help novices to this cuisine create their own masterpieces by "mixing and matching" ingredients. There are many classic recipes for enchiladas as well as edgier dishes such as grilled pineapple salsa and seared ahi salad. YUM!
For party-givers, there are plenty of novel ideas of how to host a Cinco de Mayo party, complete with their Taquini and appetizer recipes, as well as decoration ideas.
Plus, the book does generously give away Chevy's trade secrets, such as the secret ingredient in their carnitas (you'll be surprised!) and is written with a sense of humor which makes reading fun but not forced.
Finally, the book is visually stunning -- excellent layout and typography make this an ideal book for a gift -- or for yourself, like I'm about to do!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By M. Jolley on February 11, 2003
I recently moved from my home state of California, where authentic Panaderias were just a hop, skip, and a jump away. When I moved to Nebraska, the Mexican food was and still is absoultely tasteless, greasy, and horrible.
I purchased this book a few weeks ago, basing my judgement on all the many times I have eaten at Chevy's back home.
I have been searching for a good Pico de Gallo recipe for about 2 years and found one in this recipe book. It only took me about 10 minutes to make and when I dipped my tortilla chip into this chunky salsa, I literally fell on the floor and could not believe how good it was!! (I ate the whole batch in about 30 minutes) Also, I could not believe that I made this! Mexican cooking has always been intimidating to me, because of all of the time, patience, and effort that goes into preparing authentic mexican dishes.
This cook book is colorful, filled with delicious recipes, beautiful photos, and helpful tips and tricks that make cooking Mexican, from scratch no less, easier that I thought could be done!! Also, there aren't many Mexican specialty grocery stores in Nebraska and I have found all of the ingredients listed in the recipes in the Hispanic Foods isle at my grocery store.
If you love fresh Mexican food, made from fresh ingredients, GET THIS BOOK!!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By tanaya hale on October 5, 2000
As a LOVER of Chevy's restaraunt food...I HAD to have this book when it came out! It has all ready earned its keep on my cookbook shelf. I was so pleased to see all my Chevys favorites from the salsa, to their Margaritas. I have used this book on at least a dozen occasions in the past two months...that is a big workout for a cookbook in my house! You will be pleased with the layout as well as the step by step instructions. Alot of the the recipes are time consuming but well worth it. They even give their secret to having a fluffy masa in your tamales. Just because I have this book does not mean I won't be visiting my favorite restaraunt, but it does mean that if I have that fresh salsa and chip craving at midnight I can take care of it myself. :) Big thumbs up!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Karen C. Greenlee on October 24, 2000
Most of my favorite foods all in one place! Yum! Most of the recipes are easy to prepare & the basics can be prepared ahead of time. I'm a vegetarian and don't often buy non-vegetarian cookbooks, but this is one I did. There are a number of vegetarian recipes and the condiments, salsas, sauces, etc. can be used in other recipes, including those of your own creation. I've tried several recipes, and they've all turned out great!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 9, 2002
We were recently in the Phoenix area and ate dinner at Chevy's, where I saw the cookbook on display. I brought it home and we have been eating terrific Fresh Mex food for 2 weeks now! I have other southwestern/Mexican cookbooks, and I think this one is the best. It is very user-friendly, and the recipes are versatile. They lend themselves well to creative improvisation as well, if one is so inclined. The book does a good job of explaining some ingredients previously unknown to me, and even tells you how to cheat with canned goods, if you don't want to be a purist about "fresh mex". A great little book that packs a lot of information in it for the size and the price.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Miko on August 29, 2005
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The fresh-Mex recipes in this cookbook are about the best I've ever found. The Guacamole recipe is fantastic and everything from fish tacos to carnitas is mouth-watering good. It requires a little more prep time to cook with all fresh ingredients instead of prepared or canned foods but is well worth it as the end results are delicious. Your kitchen will smell heavenly and your guests will go back for seconds and thirds.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kelly M. Douglas on September 3, 2005
This is a very good cookbook, but it requires building a pantry full of intersecting recipes/prepared bases vitally important to creating end result dishes in this book. To attempt to do it all from the ground up, virtually at ground zero would take you days to complete an entire/full meal setting. (Something to consider when purchasing this book.)

Conceptually the book is great, the concept being fresh ingredients prepared in a traditional way--but overall preparation is very time consuming, indeed.
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