Authentic Mexican: Regional Cooking from the Heart of Mexico

Authentic Mexican: Regional Cooking from the Heart of Mexico

by Rick Bayless

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Americans have at last discovered Mexico's passion for exciting food. We've fallen in love with the great Mexican combination of rich, earthy flavors and casual, festive dining. But we don't begin to imagine how sumptuous and varied the cooking of Mexico really is.

After ten years of loving exploration, Rick Bayless, together with his wife, Deann, gave us Authentic Mexican, this now classic, easy-to-use compendium of our southern neighbor's cooking.

This all-embracing cookbook offers the full range of dishes, from poultry, meat, fish, rice, beans, and vegetables to eggs, snacks made of corn masa, tacos, turnovers, enchiladas and their relatives, tamales, and moles, ending with desserts, sweets, and beverages. There are irresistible finger foods such as Yucatecan marinated shrimp tacos and crispy cheese-filled masa turnovers; spicy corn chowder and chorizo sausage with melted cheese will start off a special dinner; you will find mole poblano, charcoal-grilled pork in red-chile adobo, and marinated fish steamed in banana leaves for those times when you want to celebrate; and exotic ice creams, caramel custards, and pies to top off any meal. There's even a section devoted to refreshing coolers, rich chocolate drinks, and a variety of tequila-laced cocktails.

The master recipes feature all the pointers you'll need for re-creating genuine Mexican textures and flavors in a North American kitchen. Menu suggestions and timing and advance-preparation tips make these dishes perfectly convenient for today's working families. And traditional and contemporary variations accompany each recipe, allowing the cook to substitute and be creative.

Rick and Deann Bayless traveled more than thirty-five thousand miles investigating the six distinct regions of Mexico and learning to prepare what they found. From town to town, recipe by recipe, they personally introduce you to Mexico's cooks, their kitchens, their markets, and their feasts.

If, like the rest of us, you have a growing love for Mexican food, the reliable recipes in this book and the caring, personal presentation by Rick and Deann Bayless will provide meal after meal of pure pleasure for your family and friends.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061854989
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/26/2009
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Rick Bayless is co-owner, with his wife, Deann, of the perennially award-winning Chicago restaurants Frontera Grill and Topolobampo. As a chef and cookbook author, he has won America's highest culinary honors, including Humanitarian of the Year. He is host of the top-rated Public Television series Mexico—One Plate at a Time. His Frontera and Topolo food products can be purchased coast to coast.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Twentieth-Anniversary Edition     7
Acknowledgments     9
Introduction     13
Sauces and Condiments     33
Basic Meat Preparations, Flavorings and Broths     52
Tortillas     68
Appetizers and Salads     79
Light and Hearty Soups     93
Eggs     111
Snacks Made of Corn Masa     119
Tacos     121
Turnovers     143
Turnover Fillings     145
Enchiladas and Their Relatives     152
Other Snacks     162
Tamales     175
Moles     193
Fish and Shellfish     208
Poultry     223
Meat     238
Rice, Beans and Vegetables     259
Desserts     280
Drinks     302
Glossary of Mexican Ingredients and Equipment     323
Finding Mexican Ingredients     355
Selected Bibliography     357
Index     363

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Authentic Mexican 20th Anniversary Ed: Regional Cooking from the Heart of Mexico 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive owned this book for about 15 years and it is my go to book for authentic mexican food. Ive received compliments for these recipes for years!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to get this 20th anniversary edition because I frankly wore out my original hardcover copy. Rick Bayliss offers amateur and experienced cooks the opportunity to produce as near to authentic Mexican food as possible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I watch his show on PBS. He makes delicious food. Any recipe book by him is worth checking out. 
nog on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My go-to book for basic Mexican for over ten years. I am fortunate enough to live two miles from a Mexican market, so I can get most of the chiles and other ingredients used in the recipes here. I guess Bayless is pretty famous now, what with a pretty famous customer or two, but believe the hype, this guy knows his stuff.
sturlington on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The recipes are very detailed and include many notes on techniques and ingredients. The section on timing and advance preparation is extremely helpful for planning my cooking strategy; I wish every cookbook included such thoughtful notes. I also appreciate the many traditional and contemporary variations on each recipe provided, which enable the cook to try the dish multiple ways or easily substitute ingredients.
JonathanGorman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very interesting read, haven't gotten a chance to try to many of the recipes yet. Does make one hungry though to read and there's a lot of interesting dishes that one doesn't normally see here in the States. Very dense as far as information and local practices, something I love. One of my favorite cookbooks I've read so far.Serves as a nice counterpoint to the Mexican Everyday book as it has some of the basic sauces and the like that for speed and convenience he suggests just buying. I read the first edition, I'm guessing at some point it's likely that I'll get the 20th anniversary version and it'll be interesting to see what differences there are. (note, bought this book since I originally reviewed it in Living Social. haven't had a chance to compare yet. Does have a nice photospread in the center in the Anniversary edition. Can't remember if that was in the original)Only critical thing I suppose I could say is that I could see people being overwhelmed and wanting better illustrations. Some sections also seem comparatively small.
mamorico on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Always love Bayless' cookbooks, and a trip to Frontera Grill is part of most of my Chicago trips. Most of the recipes include easy modification for vegetarians. Always much fresh flavor!
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I tried it it was nasty