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Fiesta at Rick's: Fabulous Food for Great Times with Friends Hardcover – July 5, 2010
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“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)
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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.
* Detailed party-planning timelines
* Mostly good to excellent recipes
* Easy to follow and understand instructions
* 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
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.Read more ›
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.
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).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love everything Rick Bayless. I have like 6 of his cookbooks. I did an authenic, Mexican dinner using his recipes to a great review by our guests Check out Chef Bayless'... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kay
This is a go to book for people who would like to present a yummie Mexican meal or who want to introduce this style of cooking into their everyday repertoire. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Foothill Woman
Not one thing you make in this book will be anything but great! I know authentic Mexican food Rick puts a fancy twist to all. I get hungry just reading this book. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Aloha59
Everybody is different, but I must say, this was an excellent purchase decision along with the mexican everyday book. This book is what I was looking for. Read morePublished on December 7, 2013 by Miriam Ramos
Really good recipes in this book. I even learned to make zesty crackers, and i used my pasta roller to make the dough extra thin. :-)Published on August 30, 2013 by A.E. Barger
Rick Bayless is one of my all-time favorite chefs! His recipes are so flavorful and tasty! I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes authentic Mexican food. So gooood!Published on August 11, 2013 by Brittany L
We love Rick Bayless! I checked this book out from our local library, tried a couple of recipes and decided I had to own it. Found a used copy on Amazon and ordered it. Read morePublished on August 5, 2013 by Dawn Armstrong