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Fiesta at Rick's: Fabulous Food for Great Times with Friendsby Rick Bayless
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Whether you’re hosting a casual get-together with friends or throwing an outdoor shindig, no one can teach you the art of fiesta like Rick Bayless. With 150 recipes, Bayless offers you the key to unforgettable parties that will have guests clamoring for repeat invitations. There are recipes for small-dish snacking (Mushroom Ceviche, Devilish Shrimp), dynamic cocktails to get the party started (Champagne Margarita, Sizzling Mojito), and Bayless’s signature takes on Mexican street food (Grilled Pork Tacos al Pastor, Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas). Live-fire grilled fish and meat dishes like the “Brava” Steak with “Lazy” Salsa will draw friends and family to the glow of open flames. And if you’re going to throw a truly epic celebration, you’ll need a killer finale like Frontera Grill’s Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars or Dark Chocolate–Chile Ice Cream.
Fiesta at Rick’s offers 150 diverse preparations organized into easy-to-follow chapters. But it’s far more than a collection of recipes. With four complete, can’t-miss menus for parties ranging from a Luxury Guacamole Bar Cocktail Party for 12 to a Classic Mexican Mole Fiesta for 24, Bayless has all your friends covered. Each of these parties has a complete game plan, from a thought-out time line with advance shopping and preparation to a fiesta playlist. Whether a first-time entertainer or a seasoned veteran, anyone can learn from the helpful sidebars, which cover topics such as how to shuck oysters, the perfect avocado for guacamole, and the best way to pick out fresh fish for ceviche preparations. Bayless breaks down the timeless building blocks that make up authentic Mexican food, explaining the value of fresh tortillas and providing surprisingly simple instructions for making your own Mexican Fresh Cheese.
Bayless’s entertaining blueprint eliminates the guesswork, so you can let your inspiration run free. Companion to seasons six and seven of Rick’s Public Television series Mexico—One Plate at a Time, Fiesta at Rick’s is required reading for everyone who loves opening their home to friends and good times.
"Bayless has spent the past three decades eating his way across Mexico 'one plate at a time,' as his PBS series proclaims. But for his seventh cookbook, he has switched modes from hunter-gatherer to home dweller, providing 150 recipes geared toward kicking back and relaxing with friends. Indeed, the attention paid to tequila in the opening chapter could easily lead to guests never leaving the sofa. A blood orange margarita and a Mexican mojito top the list, though Bayless also includes instructions for having a proper tequila tasting. Building up a thirst is no problem given the variety of hot, tangy, and pepper-filled dishes that are the author's stock in trade. Mango guacamole and chipotle-roasted almonds get things going. There are five different ceviches for seafood fans, tacos and tamales inspired by Mexican diners and street vendors, and an Oaxacan-style lamb pit barbecue for those who don't mind digging a hole in the backyard. To assure the proper fiesta atmosphere, there are song suggestions in a 'tropical party playlist.' And for those who want to throw a really big shindig, there are several megarecipes that cover every detail of such ambitious efforts as a Mexican mole fiesta for 24 and a seafood cocktail party for 12. These include not just the menu items but also a time line of when to buy and prepare each item, serving strategies, and embellishments. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Entertaining made easy, with Mexican-inspired recipes and handy tips from the celebrity chef and winner of Bravo's Top Chef Masters.
Whether you are hosting an intimate get-together for a few friends or an outdoor extravaganza for a crowd, famed chef Rick Bayless shows you the way. Rick presents 150 recipes, from libations and savory nibbles to street food and live-fire grilled meat and fish. Champagne margaritas or bacon-and-tomato guacamole will get a party started, and black bean tamales are perfect for small-dish snacking. For an evening around a grill, the Brava Rib Steak with 'Lazy' Salsa will win fans. To go all out, you can end your party with Rick"s Dark Chocolate' '"Chile Ice Cream.
Fiesta at Rick"sfeatures five inspired menus ranging from a no-fuss Luxury Guacamole Bar Cocktail Party for 12 to an Oaxacan Lamb Barbacoa Fiesta for 25. For each, Rick offers detailed advice and plan-ahead strategies.
Companion to the sixth season of Rick"s public television series, Mexico'"One Plate at a Time, Fiesta at Rick"sis ideal for anyone who wants to spice up their parties.
About the Author
Rick Bayless's most recent cookbooks are Fiesta at Rick's and Mexican Everyday. With his wife Deann, he owns and operates Chicago's casual Frontera Grill, the 4-star fine-dining Topolobampo, and XOCO, a LEED-certified quick-serve restaurant.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.
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