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Frontera : margaritas, guacamoles, and snacks
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xvii, 235 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
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Includes index.
Introduction -- Classic margaritas -- Seasonal fruit and herb margaritas -- Mezcal margaritas -- Modern tequila cocktails -- Agua fresca cocktails -- Tequila dessert cocktails -- A year of guacamoles -- Vegetable and nut snacks.
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The co-owners of the Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, and XOCO share recipes for thirty-five new and classic margaritas, guacamoles to sample every month of the year, and nut and vegetable snacks.


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For years, fans have urged Rick Bayless to collect recipes for his prized margaritas, guacamoles, and snacks in one book. Now Rick shares 35 new and classic margaritas, including his version of the perfect margarita, the popular Topolo Margarita, and modern variations made with Mezcal. There's a margarita for every budget, taste, and season, including the Quintessential Strawberry Margarita. Rick also provides a guacamole recipe for each month of the year, such as a summer guacamole with grilled sweet corn and roasted jalapenos. As added bonuses, Rick suggests aqua fresca cocktails, with fresh fruit juices, and offers recipes for nut and vegetable snacks. Each recipe is written with the kind of exact and easy-to-follow directions that guarantee great results every time. Frontera: Margaritas, Guacamoles, and Snacks is a must-have for anyone who has eaten at Rick's restaurants or just can't resist the undeniable pleasure of a margarita and its perfect complements.

Author Notes

Rick Bayless is the author of eight cookbooks, including Mexican Everyday and Fiesta at Rick's. Rick won Bravo's Top Chef Masters competition and was named National Chef of the Year by the James Beard Foundation. The Mexican government has awarded Rick with the Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest decoration given to foreigners. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Deann Groen Bayless.
Deann Groen Bayless has coauthored eight books with Rick and co-owns and co-operates Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, and XOCO with him. 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.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In the first chapter of his last cookbook (Fiesta at Rick's, Norton, 2010), there was no hiding Bayless's love of tequila. So it is not surprising to find that a full 75% of his latest work is a tribute to tequila-based cocktails, be it the classic margarita, fruit and herb-based variations thereof, modern tequila cocktails, or dessert drinks. There are 35 beverage options in all, with recipes provided for both straining by-the-glass and pouring by-the-pitcher. Why a November release for a drink synonymous with summer? Perhaps because Bayless is out to prove that the margarita is a drink for all seasons, going so far as to offer variations pegged to the calendar. An apple-habanero margarita is deemed appropriate for the fall while a version for winter involves pineapple puree and crushed chile, garnished with the Mexican root vegetable jicama. Of course, proper space is given to the traditional margarita, with meditations on the appropriate lime and the ideal cube of ice. The calendar again comes into play with a chapter entitled "A Year of Guacamoles." Bayless serves up a recipe for each month, from an almond-grapefruit guac to a brown butter guacamole with porcini and crab. A brief selection of fruit, vegetable, and nut snacks brings the reader to an assumed conclusion, yet Bayless cannot help throwing in another eight pages at the end dedicated to the joys of his favorite liquor. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

With his wife Deann, celebrity chef Bayless-well known for his Chicago restaurants, television appearances, cookbooks, and grocery store products-appeals to his fans with this collection of Margaritas, Guacamoles, and Snacks. Despite the three-pronged subtitle, most of this book is devoted to seasonal cocktails (e.g., Classic Margaritas, Agua Fresca Cocktails, Tequila Dessert Cocktails). Twelve unconventional Guacamoles (e.g., Guacamole with Watercress and Sesame, Brown Butter Guacamole with Porcini and Crab) and eight Vegetable and Nut Snacks serve as accompaniments. VERDICT A niche title that will please craft-cocktail enthusiasts. Readers are unlikely to find fancier guacamoles elsewhere (one is topped with an agar-set gel that's cut into "Blackberry-Mezcal Jewels"). (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xv
1 Classic Margaritasp. 1
2 Seasonal Fruit and Herb Margaritasp. 23
3 Mezcal Margaritasp. 71
4 Modern Tequila Cocktailsp. 99
5 Agua Fresca Cocktailsp. 123
6 Tequila Dessert Cocktailsp. 139
7 A Year of Guacamolesp. 157
8 Vegetable and Nut Snacksp. 201
Indexp. 219