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Mexican Everyday

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  3,659 ratings  ·  95 reviews
As much as Rick Bayless loves the bold flavors of Mexican food, he understands that preparing many Mexican specialties requires more time than most of us have for weeknight dinners. Mexican Everyday is written with an understanding of how busy we all are. It is a collection of 90 full-flavored recipes—like Green Chile Chicken Tacos, Shrimp Ceviche Salad, Chipotle Steak wit ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published November 7th 2005 by W. W. Norton & Company
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Joyce
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Very impressed. Rick continues to shine with recipes that always work and are so delicious, you just can't go wrong. His consistency is stellar. And I'm just loving this book with dishes that don't take forever to prepare and with the bonus of being healthier than what we Americans think of as typical Mexican fare.

Winners to date include:

- Slow Cooked Achiote Pork (Cochinita Pibill) made in a crock pot!
- Salad with Garlic Mojo Dressing
- Salmon in Luxurious Green Sesame Pipian
- Reheating Corn
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Michael
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just used this cookbook to make a feast for 30 people. Great recipes, easy to follow recipes, good pictures, and most important, a chef who has a good sense of food as enjoyment and nutrition (and sets it out in a philosophical statement that is fascinating and engaging). Also, many of the dishes have alternative recipe-ingredients (including different proteins). I heard a second volume is coming out and I'm planning on getting it. ...more
Tyler Knowlton
Mar 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: culinary
Usually you get a recipe book and you feel lucky if 1 out of 5 recipes are keepers. Well, I have tried two recipes so far and they have both been perfect. This guy knows how to produce delicious authentic flavors from simple store bought ingredients.

The book itself is really geared for weeknight cooking. You know, 30 minutes to get dinner on the table type of cooking.
Rachel
Jun 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Another great cookbook by Rick Bayless. I was trying to explain to my mom, who had never heard of him, why I like his cooking. I think his intro pretty much sums it up: "my full-flavored everyday recipes will convince you that simple, fresh, nutritionally balanced food can be compellingly delicious." Also he uses a lot of common sense stuff to make cooking more enjoyable and fun, such as "maximizing the use of kitchen equipment and buying smaller amounts of ingredients." I liked this cookbook be ...more
Maryanne
Nov 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I love this cookbook! Everything I've made from it so far has been delicious, and each recipe has options for variations and substitutions. These really are supposed to be everyday meals-- they're pretty simple. ...more
Marian
Jul 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cook
excellent especially the adaptations for those who don't live near a good Latin supermarket, poor you! ...more
Amanda Coppedge
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
I frequently find cooking frustrating because if I mess something up, I get really upset at myself. I have tried four recipes from this cookbook so far and they have all been fantastic--easy and clear directions that produce excellent food. It is obvious the recipes were tested with lots of love and care. I am definitely inspired to try more recipes from this book, as well as venture a little out of my comfort zone in the future based on good results so far. Bonus: the recipes tend to be on the ...more
Cissa
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My husband and I decided to focus on Mexican cooking this month, instead of trying to cook ALL the cuisines. And thanks to this cookbook, we started off with a bang!

The Mexican red rice is SO easy and straightforward, and makes lots- enough for several tasty meals. We used brown rice instead of white, and corrected for cooking times and increased liquids, and it turned out perfectly.

The roasted fresh chili salsa is delicious, but very, very hot, using the peppers we had! (a mix of jalapenos and
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Heather
Dec 10, 2020 rated it liked it









This isn't a new cookbook but my library electronic book catalog suggested it to me so I decided to give it a try.



If I had to pick one cuisine to eat exclusively for the rest of time, I probably pick Mexican. Beans, rice, corn, tomatoes, cheeses, tortillas - I love it.



This book isn't very vegetarian friendly though. There is some discussion in the beginning of the book about how to make beans that could be useful but overall this is a meat lovers' book.



I did find one recipe that I wanted to m
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Rita Ciresi
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This cookbook is a winner. Chef Bayless and his wife Deann Groen Bayless present easy to follow and deliciously spicy recipes. At the end of each recipe, there are riffs on the tradition or suggestions on what to use if you don't have a particular ingredient on hand. Many of the dishes can be prepared in the slow cooker. ...more
Ellen
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rick Bayless PBS show drew me to this cookbook and my interest in Mexican food after living in Arizona and traveling frequently to Mexico. The recipes are easy to follow and I like how he provides shortcuts and riffs for each recipe, allowing you to convert to a vegetarian version if desired.
Autumn
Sep 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbook
I was looking for a basic cookbook. Bayless's book features a lot of products that are NOT available in my area (Canada).

Great photos and I would attempt the recipe(s) if I could locate the ingredients.
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Linda
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great Mexican Food!
Stacy
Fresh and Easy!
Beka
Jun 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
Nice but nothing stood out to me.
Aditya Gupta
Mar 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If you want to cook Mexican food at home then get this book!
Bethany
Jul 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
Inspired by spending too much time with this book.
Tracy
Aug 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Liked it a lot. Read it quickly.
Faye
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it
One of the finest novels in the English language, but unputdownable.
Amelia
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbook
The tortilla soup is the best I've ever made. ...more
Mardel Fehrenbach
Jun 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Before I can review this book I have to admit that I am a big fan of Diana Kennedy. I have all her books. I have cooked extensively from all of them, and although I am not a purist and do not always cook everything the classic traditional way she describes, I can do so when I am in the mood to put in the time. I also have several of Rick Bayless's other books, which I have also used, and I am a fan of his restaurants, where I have eaten several times. And being a bit of a Diana Kennedy and mexic ...more
Miranda Lynn
I have a weird reaction to Bayless’ cookbooks. They’re so cool, but I still have yet to make a single recipe from either of the two that I’ve read. I think it’s because I find the recipes more interesting and kind of educational rather than something I’d actually make — whether it be because of weird ingredients I wouldn’t know where to buy or because the difficulty level is rather high.

I love Mexican food, especially authentic Mexican food, but I’m not sure that I’m all that enticed to actually
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Heather Gibbons
This is my current favorite. So far, every recipe has been good, and relatively uncomplicated. Loved the smoky Quick Cowboy Beans, the Jalapeno-Baked Fish with Roasted Tomatoes and Potatoes, and the Chipotle Shrimp, though I will have to tone down the heat next time-- I like spicy, but these are _really_ spicy dishes.

Though the yoga tangent in the introduction is kinda wacky (and I say this as a "yoga person," even), I like his ideas on time-saving, streamlining tips for roasting and braising,
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Kirs
May 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A perfect introduction to beginning Mexican cooking. Very few recipes require technique that your basic home cook doesn't already have which allows you to 1) cook the recipes successfully; and 2) learn about the flavors of real Mexican food.

Bayless provides clear, concise instructions and gives you "riffs" to play with- encouraging you to experiment and not be so rigid and stuck to the recipe. I love that even though the recipes and techniques are simple Bayless doesn't just assume you're an id
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Tina
I was looking for a mole recipe when I initially purchased this cookbook. Shame on me for not realizing what a gem I had & letting the book collect dust for five years. I had a renewed interest when I heard Rick Bayless on a podcast. He was describing easy marinades coming from this very cookbook. I focused on one recipe & assumed the rest were guilty pleasures. Rick Bayless' goal was to find balance. While the recipes do not include nutritional values, they are modified from heavy traditional M ...more
John Lauber
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I can't remember the last time a cookbook, by a renowned, restaurant chef, has actually recommended using the microwave. It just endears Rick Bayless more, as one of my cooking heroes. These aren't long, drawn out mole recipes, but easy, every day recipes that you can tweak easily. Some are great in the crock pot but there are great, quick meals besides the same old tacos or fajita meals. He's very thorough about adapting and understands the every day family's need to get something on the table, ...more
Deb
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
Slowly working my way through Rick Bayless' my cookbook through I Heart Cooking Clubs and reviewing them. So far I have to confess that this book is my favorite based on the easy-to-make and really delicious recipes in it. I have loved everything I have made so far--the Seared Rare Ahi Salad w/ Chayote Slaw, the Roasted Garlic and Green Chile Dressing, Lime-Cilantro Dressing, Mexican Beans w/ (SoyRizo) Chorizo & Greens, Zucchini-Mushroom Tacos with (SoyRizo) Chorizo, and the Creamy Corn Soup wit ...more
Marc
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is fantastic. There are probably a dozen recipes I've made multiple times, including several that are central to my repertoire (salmon in green pipian; slow-cooked chicken & tomatillo stew; tortilla soup, and others--I love them all!)

For the most part, the recipes don't call for particularly obscure ingredients, although some of the peppers can be hard to find (but a. worth finding, and b. usually amenable to substitution). But perhaps even better, most of these recipes are very straig
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Emily Whetstone
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
Bayless is an incredible chef, but I really appreciate his angle for this book. The preparations are simple and not so high-calorie as a lot of "restaurant" cooking, hence the "everyday" aspect of the title. In the forward he writes about the importance of making a distinction between everyday foods and feast foods, not because you should feel guilty about eating the latter but just to remind you of their proper place.

I've made multiple recipes from this book and found them all easy to follow an
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Sara
Jan 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cooking
I've only made a few things from this cookbook and liked all of them. The Cowboy Beans are divine! And easy too. I tried making his chipotle salsa and found it too spicy but simply added some fire-roasted tomatoes and toned it down. His steak and caramelize onion tacos are good. But his tortilla recipe needs the addition of at least a teaspoon of salt. Definitely easy cooking and great flavors. ...more
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Rick Bayless has written six cookbooks, including Mexican Everyday and Fiesta at Rick's. His product line of prepared foods is sold coast to coast. With his wife Deann he owns and operates Chicago’s casual Frontera Grill, named “Outstanding Restaurant” by the James Beard Foundation, and the four-star fine-dining Topolobampo. XOCO, a Leed-certified quick-serve restaurant, opened in 2009. He is the ...more

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