Mexican Everyday (Recipes Featured on Season 4 of the PBS-TV series "Mexico One Plate at a Time")

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At last, a cookbook that brings Mexican food within easy reach: named to Food & Wine Magazine’s Year’s 25 Best Cookbooks as part of its annual Best of the Best cookbook. In his previous books, Rick Bayless transformed America's understanding of Mexican cuisine, introducing authentic dishes and cooking methods as he walked readers through Mexican markets and street stalls. As much as Rick loves the bold flavors of Mexican foods, he understands that preparing many Mexican specialties requires more time than most of us have. Mexican Everyday is written with the time sensitivities of modern life in mind. It is a collection of 90 full-flavored recipes—like Green Chile Chicken Tacos, Shrimp Ceviche Salad, Chipotle Steak with Black Beans—that meet three criteria for "everyday" food: 1) most need less than 30 minutes' involvement; 2) they have the fresh, clean taste of simple, authentic preparations; and 3) they are nutritionally balanced, full-featured meals—no elaborate side dishes required. Companion to a thirteen-part public television series, this book provides dishes you can eat with family and friends, day in and day out. .


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I have been a fan of Rick Bayless for many years.  I own numerous cookbooks by him and have eaten at his restaurants many, many times, so I was excited when his new book, “Mexican Everyday†came out.  I was even more excited when I heard about the concept behind the book.  The idea behind the book is to make Mexican cooking accessible to those that don't have a lot of time and to make it appealing to our modern sense of health consciousness, while still maintaining a traditional, flavor packed approach.  I was intrigued, and a bit hesitant. The whole concept meant no lard packed tamales, time consuming traditional braises, or moles with ingredient lists 30 items long.  I wondered if Rick could keep my attention with this “light†Mexican cooking.  I should have trusted Rick.  He has never let me down, in the past, and he wasn't about to this time either.  “Mexican Everyday†is loaded with great recipes and ideas

First I must talk about his introduction.  In it he outlines the reasons why he decided to write this book, and gives us lesson in how he feels that we can maintain a nutritious diet while still eating wonderful, flavor packed foods.  Maybe it's because I picked up this book soon after New Year's and had just resolved to lead a more healthy lifestyle, but I really took to heart his list of 6 “Essential Learningsâ€.  In these 6 “Essential Learnings†he espouses the ideas of exercise, proper diet, and the eating of fresh, natural ingredients, but he does it in such a way that doesn't come across as self-righteous, but comes across as a reminder of a knowledge that our modern society has seem to forgotten.

This introduction is the set up for book full of recipes bursting with flavor and freshness.  There are salads that will transport you to the sunny Caribbean, and entrees so good that reading them you can almost smell the meat sizzling on the grill.  You will also find a variety of salsas, marinades, and dressings that you can use to liven up any dish.  One thing I also very much enjoyed were the “riffs†at the end of most recipes.  These “riffs†are variations on the main recipe that allow you experiment even further with these recipes.  Many of these riffs are suggestions on how to make the dish vegetarian, a great idea, expanding the appeal of “Mexican Everyday†even further.

Once again Rick Bayless has created a wonderful cookbook.  It is different from most of his others, in that it doesn't seem to be as rooted in traditional Mexican cooking as his earlier works, but it is still Mexican cooking at its finest, just a little more contemporary in its style.


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