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Cookbook of the Month May 2013: MEXICAN EVERYDAY by Rick Bayless

We have a runaway winner for May, folks. We'll be cooking from MEXICAN EVERYDAY by Rick Bayless.

Further information and discussion of the book can be found on the nomination and voting threads:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/897677
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/898398

The cooking threads will go up on 1st May - in the meantime we can talk about the book here, and I will also ask the mods to convert this into the main discussion thread, as for Ad Hoc At Home.

I don't have access to the book, and I can't see any way to look inside on Amazon, so would appreciate some input on how to organise the threads. Probably better to do that by email - you can find the address on my profile. Thanks all!

The reporting threads are up, people, so let's get started!

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  1. Woo hoo! I'm very excited.This is a book I've had some good success from and have wanted to cook from more.

    Here's a listing of (with links to) online recipes per EYB: http://www.eatyourbooks.com/library/r...

    ~TDQ

    1. greedygirl, sincere thanks for another successful COTM nomination and voting process...smooth sailing all the way!

      I'm really excited to have a month with MEXICAN EVERYDAY. This is one of my favourite cookbooks. In this book Rick takes Mexican classics and adapts them for cooks who don't have a ton of time in the kitchen. Recipes and the ingredients they call for are accessible and call for ingredients that most supermarkets carry these days. I've made many recipes in this book, a number of which I've reviewed in EYB. Even though the recipes are adapted to be quicker and simpler to prepare, flavour is not compromised. One of my early observations about this book was that I'm always amazed how much flavour comes from so few ingredients.

      I'm also just a big fan of Rick Bayless, his recipes and his amazing restaurants in Chicago. He's also just a very gracious. Unlike some chefs that have gained broad recognition and become celebrities, Rick still cooks at his restaurants and is always willing to chat with his patrons, recommend his favourite restaurants or just sign a cookbook.

      For anyone that's unfamiliar with his cooking and recipes, I wanted to point out that he does have a terrific website (and newsletter). There are a LOT of recipes on his site for folks who don't have the book. Here's the link:

      https://www.rickbayless.com/recipes/

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      1. re: Breadcrumbs

        Breadcrumbs, I'm also a huge fan of Rick Bayless. My first introduction to him was in design school of all places, in Chicago. We were shown a video of him where he explained how he had his kitchen laid out, it was for a space planning class. Every time I've seen him on television he just seems like a very nice guy and really shows a passion for what he does.

      2. Planting myself firmly in this thread. Thanks GG for the ease in which we segued into the new voting system and into the new month. I have the book and have enjoyed all the recipes we've made so far, now looking forward to concentrating on it in May. Perfect for Cinco de Mayo which falls on a Sunday this year.

        It's a boon to have so many recipes online as the EYB link shows.

        1. gg - there are the following 7 chapters in the book:

          Chapter 1: Salads and Other Easy-to-Make Sides pgs 46 - 64

          Chapter 2: Contemporary Main-Dish Salads pgs 92 - 115

          Chapter 3: Classic Main-Dish Soups pgs 118-132

          Chapter 4: Quick Meals from the Grill: Seasonings, Salsas and Skills pgs 134 - 182

          Chapter 5: Soft Tacos, Enchiladas, Tostadas and Tortas pgs 186 - 230

          Chapter 6: Seafood, Poultry and Meat Main Dishes pgs 232 - 294

          Chapter 7: Desserts pgs 298 - 312

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          1. re: Breadcrumbs

            Thanks Breadcrumbs. Looks like we'll only need a couple of threads for this one, which I for one prefer.

            1. Well, my family's quite excited about this. I've got my name down for the book at the library, and I'm first on the list, so I look forward to a great month exploring Mexican cuisine! Thank you greedygirl!