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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (November 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393088928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393088922
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 7.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rick Bayless has done more to bring authentic Mexican cooking to America than any other cookbook author and chef. He is a five-time James Beard Award winner and the host of Mexico: One Plate at a Time. He is the chef-owner of Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, and Xoco. His cookbooks include Fiesta at Rick’s and Mexican Everyday, and More Mexican Everyday.

Deann Groen Bayless has coauthored seven books with her husband Rick Bayless; co-owns and co-operates Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, and XOCO with him; and feels she’s done a pretty good job nurturing along their teenage daughter, Lanie. She is a former president of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, a national organization that promotes the education and advancement of women in the restaurant industry, and is the administrator of the Frontera Farmer Foundation.

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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There are some great recipes for sides and drinks.
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I also appreciated that the quality of the photographs in the book were great and that the instructions were clear and easy to understand.
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I continually purchase cook books for my partner who loves to try new recipes.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By K. Zarifes on October 24, 2012
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This book is mostly about tequila cocktails. And as usual for a Bayless book, the recipes are wonderful.

I really don't care about snacks since I can make plenty out of his other books.

I've made several of the cocktails and they are great. The two guacamoles I made were amazing.

Just keep in mind that if you want a lot of snack recipes, there aren't many here. But everything in this book is pure gold.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris Hefner on January 3, 2013
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We made the Tangerine Spice Margarita over the Holidays and loved it. Actually I have to say it was a bit strong so we had to tone it down slightly with more Tangerine and Lime juice but the taste was perfect for that festive cheer. It sure beat eggnog! The one criticism I have is that I would have liked to see more hors d'oeuvres or finger food type recipes as opposed to just spiced nuts and guacamole, but otherwise I am pleased.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Terri Mclain on December 7, 2012
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My favorite things are Margaritas and Guac. Some of these recipes for drinks include expensive
ingredients. But it sparked a strong passion for creativity in my margaritas.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mystery Addict on December 1, 2012
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These margarita recipes are not for the average home bartender. They typically require ingredients that are expensive (e.g. Tres Generaciones tequila) or hard to find (e.g, allspice dram) or labor intensive (e.g, home-made fruit purees and infused tequilas). I'm not a novice bartender: I love Dale DeGroff (the Essential Cocktail), Tony Abou-Gamin (the Modern Mixologist), Danny Meyer (MixShakeStir), etc. But I was disappointed by this book--I'm sure the recipes produce wonderful drinks, but they're not very accessible.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew T. Petersen on March 29, 2013
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All you need to provide good drink and food to friends. Easy to follow, and don't get hung up on the high end ingredients. Meaning, you don't have to go to great lengths to locate the specialty ingredients. If you found this book, you are smart enough to know how to make it work with substitutes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chicago Book Addict TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 30, 2013
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I love to entertain friends and in doing so, have picked up quite a few cocktail books and this is my favorite that I've come across so far. It's packed with recipes for classic margaritas, seasonal fruit and herb margaritas, Mexcal margaritas, modern tequila cocktails, Aguas Fresca cocktails, and tequilla dessert cocktails. To accompany your drinks there are also guacamole recipes and vegetable and nut snacks.

There are a few things I love about this book and that make it a cut above the other cocktail books I've picked up. First, there is a good mix of more classic recipes and more inventive recipes. I especially love that the inventive recipes were for drinks I hadn't seen before in other cocktail books like Coconut Horchata Cocktail, Tamarind-Mezcal Margarita, and Pineapple Margarita with Jicama, Cucumber and Crushed Chile. The guacamoles are equally creative. I'm especially smitten with the Guacamole with Strawberries and Habanero, Watermelon-Ginger Guacamole, and Roasted Tomatillo Guacamole with Crunchy Chicharron. And the Apple-Fennel Guacamole sounds unusual but is addictive. I'm glad I trusted the book because it was a huge hit and tasted both indulgent and refreshing. Many of the drinks and guacamoles are also seasonally focused so if this is something that is appealing to you (and it is to me) you'll really like this book.

As an entertainer I was especially excited that each cocktail has instructions and an ingredient list for making a single drink as well as making a pitcher for a party (which makes 8 cocktails). This seems common sense, but this is the only book I have seen that has pitcher instructions for every cocktail. Most books have only a section of pitcher drinks with few recipes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill25503 on December 9, 2013
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This is a fantastic book if you love entertaining - or just love to enjoy great drinks and snack with your friends and family. I've tried several of the guacamole and snack recipes (the chilied nuts and pumpkin seeds are terrific), but the Margaritas are the star of the show. The Topolo Margarita remains a classic, but the Cilantro-Jalapeño Margarita has become the hands down favorite among my friends and family. We also love the Pineapple and Tangerine Spice margaritas. The Strawberry Margarita is delicious too - none of these have the overly sweet quality one so often gets in fruity margaritas. The exceptional balance of these drinks is what truly sets them apart. I haven't tried the mescal margaritas or dessert cocktails yet, but plan to in the coming weeks.

Other hidden gems in this book are the the specialty salts for rimming (Guajillo Chile, Allspice, Cilantro, etc), and the infused triple secs, agave syrups - even meyer lemon infused tequila, and several short essays on Tequila vs. Mescal, guacamole and other related subjects. There's also an excellent page demonstrating a really easy and cool way to make perfect lemon twists, 5 or 6 at a time.

One note: the margaritas are all sized to end up with about 4.5 oz per drink, which means they can look sparse in one of the giant 10-12 oz martini glasses that are so popular now. I'd recommend that you invest in some good 6 oz martini glasses to showcase these marvelous drinks.

Highly recommended!
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