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Rick and Lanie's Excellent Kitchen Adventures is the combined kitchen and culinary wisdom of a father/chef and daughter/teenager who has grown up in restaurants (much as her dad grew up in a barbecue restaurant in Oklahoma) and has traveled with her parents throughout the world, meeting chefs, exploring markets, tasting exotic treats. Some of those treats were rejected in ways only children can reject foods. Others came home and were folded into the foods a family calls its own and serves again and again. So, the first thing to keep in mind about Rick and Lanie's Excellent Kitchen Adventures is that it is family-tested as well as home kitchen tested.
There are two voices in this book: Rick's (a modulated voice of authority) and Lanie's (the teenage voice of reality). And there are five basic sections that reflect the travels and broad culinary interests of the Bayless Family: Mexico, France, Morocco, Thailand, and Oklahoma. You'll find Huevos Rancheros in Mexico and Dutch Babies in France; Chicken Pie in Oklahoma, and Beef or Lamb Kebabs in Morocco. The Red Curry with Duck (Pork or Chicken) brought home from Thailand looks like a winner. These are do-together recipes, as in work together in the kitchen. Bayless sets apart the do-ahead tasks, then presents the recipe instruction in simple blocks. This dance has been well-choreographed. And what's a dance without a little music. You'll find suggestions for playlists while cooking, as well as suggestions for special treats to find while you are shopping in ethnic markets, things you might otherwise overlook. And then there are the stories. You can taste this cooking experience, and you can read about the life experience, through both the father's and the daughter's lens, of traveling and cooking together. It's the together part that makes this cookbook so special and so encouraging. --Schuyler Ingle
This is a great cookbook for family cooking with step by step instructions.
The book is made doubly interesting in that the Bayless family are great travelers and have a long and interesting history of family in the food service industry.
I would recommend this book to those starting out with cooking, whether teen, adult or elder.
Rick Bayless is one of my favorites and this book and its excellent recipes can be had for a song used - fun to get Lanies perspective on things too!Published 15 months ago by Defygravity
Rick's enthusiasm for life expressed in food and culture and sharing that with his daughter, family, friends and us in this "cook"book opens up many possibilities not only for... Read morePublished 18 months ago by hazel h
I enjoy any Bayless - he is very knowledgeable in Mexican cooking. The coloradito (or mole, as I know it) is the real deal!Published on February 9, 2012 by J. Razo
I was expecting more from a book associated with Rick Bayless. I thought it would be only Latin cuisine since that is his claim to fame but it was not. Read morePublished on August 3, 2011 by Sandy Luvs Neo
We saw Rick on Top Chef Masters and loved his cooking.
Found this book at the library and loved it so we decided to buy it. Read more
Rick Bayless does it up big time in this father/daughter approach to cuisine from back home and around the world. Read morePublished on June 28, 2010 by Barry Sharpe
"Rick and Lanie's Excellent Kitchen Adventures" is a perfect description for this book. Renowned Chicago chef Rick Bayless,who's recently sworn off rumors that he'll be cooking it... Read morePublished on December 13, 2008 by Amaranth
A nice variety of recipes. My daughter and I have made quite a few and all of them have turned out well. Read morePublished on December 9, 2008 by DB
I LOVE this cookbook!!! Love it! I've only tried some of the mexican recipes so far but have a bunch of others on my to-do list.Published on October 28, 2008 by Melanie H. Mercereau