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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (July 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393058999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393058994
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.1 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Bayless has spent the past three decades eating his way across Mexico one plate at a time, as his PBS series proclaims. But for his seventh cookbook, he has switched modes from hunter-gatherer to home dweller, providing 150 recipes geared toward kicking back and relaxing with friends. Indeed, the attention paid to tequila in the opening chapter could easily lead to guests never leaving the sofa. A blood orange margarita and a Mexican mojito top the list, though Bayless also includes instructions for having a proper tequila tasting. Building up a thirst is no problem given the variety of hot, tangy, and pepper-filled dishes that are the author's stock in trade. Mango guacamole and chipotle-roasted almonds get things going. There are five different ceviches for seafood fans, tacos and tamales inspired by Mexican diners and street vendors, and an Oaxacan-style lamb pit barbecue for those who don't mind digging a hole in the backyard. To assure the proper fiesta atmosphere, there are song suggestions in a tropical party playlist. And for those who want to throw a really big shindig, there are several megarecipes that cover every detail of such ambitious efforts as a Mexican mole fiesta for 24 and a seafood cocktail party for 12. These include not just the menu items but also a time line of when to buy and prepare each item, serving strategies, and embellishments. (July)
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Review

“The hardest thing about using this book isn’t finding the ingredients (today, practically every small town has a great Mexican grocery), it’s keeping yourself from eating everything before the guests arrive.” (The New York Times Book Review)

“Rick Bayless is el mejor cocinero! His flavors are so intense and layered that each bite brings tears to your eyes and that’s not just the chili peppers! I love everything about Rick; I’m so happy he shares his knowledge of Mexican cuisine with all of us. He’s inspired many of my friends—every age, size, shape, male, female—as well as myself to have more fiestas!” (Rachael Ray)

“There is Mexican Cuisine and there is Rick B. Mexican Cuisine. Rick is internationally renowned for his innovation and dedication in his culinary pursuits as a great teacher, TV host, and pioneer in his field. The delicious recipes in this trendsetting cookbook celebrate his best dishes, from the succulent Grilled Garlic and Orange Guacamole to the Champagne Margarita. It’s a taste of what’s to come in Fiesta at Rick’s. The ultimate collection of recipes shines at the dinner table when enjoying the fireworks of flavors with friends!” (Hubert Keller, Fleur de Lys)

“Rick Bayless is a Chef’s Chef if there ever was one. The food he cooks, the generous spirit in which it’s shared, the respect he honors Mexico with and the flavor. . . . Wow, the flavor he delivers is what we crave at the end of a long week in the kitchen. I am confident the end of your week will be much better with a table full of friends and Fiesta at Rick’s at hand. No one, in my lifetime, has captured better Mexico on a plate!” (Michael Chiarello, Bottega)

“Rick Bayless, an American culinary treasure, has tirelessly taught us the fine art of Mexican cooking. He now invites us to a fiesta of flavors with recipes that have been created for entertaining. America loves Mexican food, and we love our Top Chef Master Rick Bayless. Thank you for inviting us to the fiesta!” (Art Smith, celebrity chef and best-selling author)

“I was lucky enough to attend a fiesta in Rick Bayless’s backyard and fondly remember Rick’s amazing food. He made throwing a party look so effortless. My brother-in-law is a great cook, and I cannot wait to share my copy of Fiesta at Rick’s with him so he can re-create Rick’s magic for me and my family.” (Gary Sinise, actor, CSI New York)

More About the Author

Rick Bayless has written six cookbooks, including "Mexican Everyday" and "Fiesta at Rick's." His product line of prepared foods is sold coast to coast. With his wife Deann he owns and operates Chicago's casual Frontera Grill, named "Outstanding Restaurant" by the James Beard Foundation, and the four-star fine-dining Topolobampo. XOCO, a Leed-certified quick-serve restaurant, opened in 2009. He is the host of the public television series "Mexico--One Plate at a Time."

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The book has great pictures and the recipes are very straight forward.
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Finally the photography and printing in the book are excellent beautiful photographs of nearly every dish.
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I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes authentic Mexican food.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Chris Hennes on July 5, 2010
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I view this book as a complement to Bayless's other books: once you are comfortable with Mexican cuisine, this book is a big help when you want to show off your skills for a crowd. He and his wife Deann (co-authur of the book) deal with the logistics of centering a party with various Mexican themes, from a "Luxury Guacamole Bar Cocktail Party for 12" to a "Classic Mexican Mole Fiesta for 24." Included are drink recipes, salsas, guacamoles (the roasted garlic and orange guacamole in particular is excellent), as well as many main dishes and desserts. Included are a surprising number of vegetarian options, important so that those guests don't feel left out of the party. The recipes also scale down well, if you aren't feeding 100 guests. Winners are the enfrijoladas, the guacamoles (not your typical guacs, these!), the Cochito Chiapaneco (grilled pork roast), the Tacos de Arrachera al Carbón, and his twist on Enchiladas Suizas. I didn't care for the Queso Fundido al Tequila, but so far most of the recipes have ranged from pretty good to great.

If you are looking for an introduction to Mexican cooking from a beginner's standpoint, I'd suggest either "Mexico One Plate At A Time" (by Bayless), or "The Art of Mexican Cooking" by Diana Kennedy. Either of those will provide you with the solid fundamentals that you need before you can get the most out of Fiesta at Rick's.

Pros:
* Detailed party-planning timelines
* Mostly good to excellent recipes
* Easy to follow and understand instructions

Cons:
* A few "clunkers" in the recipes
* Not a good Mexican cooking intro: the recipes make more sense if you are already familiar with Mexican cooking
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Hubert Smits on July 9, 2010
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Rick has a way to pick his dishes, and to describe them in an appealing way, with clear instructions. I'm biased, sure, I love Mexican food, and I love cooking. Still, having cooked out of dozens of cookbooks I can recommend Rick's books. This one addresses parties, cooking for larger groups of people, in a way that helps you organize the cooking work (which is an art in itself), the selection of the dishes and drinks, and the actual cooking. You'll not over-commit to too complex dishes, or run out of time - your guests arriving with your mole still cooking.
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I own every other Rick Bayless cookbook. The first one I bought in the 80s flops open to several recipes, and the pages are honored by many food stains. Even if you don't watch his PBS TV shows, Bayless is an absolutely reliable cookbook author, with understandable instructions, educational explanations, and yummy recipes. Best of all, he is accurate: If he says something will cook in 12 minutes or so, then you can be pretty sure it'll really be done by then.

Fiesta at Rick's is, however, a *party* book, and I wasn't sure if I really needed to add it to my collection. I usually cook for two, occasionally four or six. Some of the recipes in Fiesta are for _25_, such as a posole party. Even though I had a big party coming up (10 people at a holiday pool party, with a menu which we had declared would be Make Your Own Tacos) I wasn't sure I *had* to have this. In such circumstances I turned to my Book Triage, usually relegated to authors of less certain adoration: I went to the library. (My rule is that if I cook three things from a library book and still want to cook more, I may permit myself to buy the book. This has saved me from several unfortunate purchases.)

The bottom line: I'm almost certain to buy a copy of Fiesta.

Granted, I've only made a couple of the recipes here. As it turns out, most of the tacos I made came from Mexico One Plate At A Time, doubled up, (and the zucchini tacos, from that cookbook, were the biggest hit). I used Fiesta for the recipe for the roasted tomatillo salsa and for the grilled garlic and orange guacamole, which earned a few Wows.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. Mefford on July 14, 2010
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This is a great cookbook with a unique spin. Each section is broken up into an outline for a party from appetizers to main course, including group size and even a suggested playlist. If you want to throw your own Fiesta but arent certain where to start this is definitely the book for you.

Beyond the party blue print there are some great recipes in here. My wife's family is from Mexico and these recipes are very similar to the traditional recipes they use, the main difference is he provides details, something that has been very difficult to get with the traditional recipes. My mother in law did not measure anything using a measuring cup.

Finally the photography and printing in the book are excellent beautiful photographs of nearly every dish.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rodboomboom HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 8, 2010
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I admit that I am a Bayless fan and have all but one of his cookbooks and use them regularly when in need of inspiration to cook some great Mexian food.

Here though is a different approach in that it provides sequence of recipes and menus and drinks and music play lists and suggestions for fiesta with friends. This is unique and so useful and a well done resource. Such a variety to choose from as well, e.g. Guacamole Bar Coktail Party; Classic Mole Fiesta; Mexican Tapas Party, and my favorite so far: Street Food Party!

The photos and helpful breakouts on such as Tequilla tasting, Guacomole Basics are truly well done and useful. This guy is expert and can provide all kinds of insights and tidbits to make fiesta so great!

So far tried Roasted Beet Salad with Red Onion, Poblano and Lime; Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas with Creamy Tomatillo Sauce and Melted Cheese; Grilled Rack of Lamb with Honey-Pasilla Glaze; Flaky Turnovers with VArious Fillings; Blueberry-Tequilla Ice Creaml and Mojito Fruit Ice Pops (to which I added some coconut rum).
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