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Mar 28, 2014 09:44 AM

And I Thought "I" Had a Problem with Cookbooks!

I know many of use suffer from this disease known as "excessive cookbook collection" but I think this guy has every single one of us beat

Eater article about the collection of cookbooks owned by Rick Bayless

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  1. I like that the staff of his restaurant(s) have access to this at all times, and they do research the history and how an ingredient is used.

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    1. re: LindaWhit

      I do too. He's really into staff development. He's been taking (at his/the restaurant's expense) his staff to Mexico for a week every July for years. They have a set number that can go and it's open to anyone. There is a whole sign-up process for interested employees. The whole point is to provide context for what they're cooking and serving. I've always thought that was pretty cool :-)

    2. Wow, that's cool. What an amazing collection! I love how excited he sounds about it too.

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      1. re: JTPhilly

        Didn't think I could ♥ Rick Bayless more, but I do. His approach to educating his staff on Mexican cuisine is so thorough. From the cookbooks to their annual trips to Mexico, the education allows the staff to immerse themselves in Mexican food history and apply that knowledge to the resto biz.

      2. For you and me, it's a problem. For Rick, it's a tax deductible business expense.

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        1. re: tcamp

          Some of mine can be tax deductible too since I'm in the business, although I've never really taken them before. But then again, I'm not dealing in rare editions either ;-D