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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Rick Bayless  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Illinois Connection

Bayless moved to Chicago in 1987 and opened ''Frontera Grill''. It remains one of Chicago's hottest dining spots.

Biographical and Professional Information

Rick is an award-winning chef-restaurateur, cookbook author, television personality, restaurant consultant and teaches authentic Mexican cooking throughout the United States (he is a visiting staff member at the Culinary Institute of America).In 1987, Rick moved to Chicago, opened ''Frontera Grill'', which specializes in contemporary regional Mexican cooking. Still today it remains one of Chicago's hottest dining spots. In 1989, Rick opened Topolobampo which is adjacent to Frontera Grill. Tobolobampo is one of America's only fine-dining Mexican restaurants. Frontera Grill and Topolobampo have received glowing distinctions from such publications as Gourmet, Food & Wine, Bon Appétit, Atlantic Monthly, Condé Nast Traveler, Zagat's, The Wine Spectator, USA Today, Chicago Magazine and The Chicago Tribune. Topolobampo has been nominated twice by the James Beard Foundation as one of the most outstanding restaurants in our country. Food & Wine Magazine selected Rick as "Best New Chef of The Year," in 1988 and in 1991, he won a James Beard Award for "Best American Chef: Midwest." In 1995, he won another James Beard Award for "National Chef of the Year" as well as an award for "Chef of the Year" from the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP). In 1998, the Beard Foundation honored Rick as "Humanitarian of the Year." In 2002, Bon Appétit honored him with the “Cooking Teacher of the Year Award”. Bayless is also the founder of the ''Frontera Farmer Foundation'', an organization that supports small local farmers and has been active in ''Share Our Strength'', the nation's largest hunger advocacy organization.

Published Works

  • Authentic Mexican, Simon & Schuster, 1987 - written with Deann Groen Bayless
  • Mexican Kitchen: Capturing the Vibrant Flavors of a World-class Cuisine, Simon & Schuster, 1996 - written with Deann Groen Bayless and JeanMarie Brownson
  • Salsas That Cook: Using Classic Salsas to Enliven our Favorite Dishes, Simon & Schuster, 1998 - written with JeanMarie Brownson and Deann Groen Bayless
  • Mexico: One Plate at a Time, Simon & Schuster, 2000- written with JeanMarie Brownson and Deann Groen Bayless
  • Rick and Lanie's Excellent Kitchen Adventures: Recipes and Stories, 2004 - written with Lanie Bayless
  • Mexican Everyday: Recipes Featured on Season 4 of the PBS-TV series Mexico One Plate at a Time2005 - written with Christopher Hirsheimer and Deann Groen Bayless
  • Fiesta at Rick's: Fabulous Food for Great Times with Friends, Norton, 2010 - written with Deann Groen Bayless
  • Frontera: Margaritas, Guacamoles and Snacks, Norton, 2012 - written with Deann Groen Bayless
  • More Mexican Everyday: Simple, Seasonal, Celebratory, Norton, 2015 - written with Deann Groen Bayless and David Tamarkin

Selected Titles At Your Library

Authentic Mexican :
ISBN: 0061373265. OCLC Number:

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Collects recipes that show readers how to recreate the textures and flavors of Mexico's regional specialties in North American kitchens.

Rick Bayless's Mexican kitchen :
ISBN: 0684800063. OCLC Number:

Scribner,. New York :. ©1996.

Chef and teacher Rick Bayless provides the inspiration and guidance that home cooks have needed, from essential recipes and explorations of Mexico's many chiles to quick-to-prepare everyday dishes and pull-out-the-stops celebration fare. He begins by introducing the building blocks of Mexican cooking. Cultural background and practical tips help readers to understand these preparations and make them their own. He includes familiar American recipes with innovative Mexican accents, details the simple techniques for getting the best out of every kind of chile, and guides us through a range of richly flavored regional Mexican dishes, combining down-home appeal and convivial informality with simple culinary elegance.--Publisher information.

Rick & Lanie's excellent kitchen adventures :
ISBN: 1584793317. OCLC Number:

Stewart, Tabori & Chang,. New York :. 2004.

For celebrated chef Rick Bayless, sharing a meal is one of the most powerful catalysts for common understanding between parents and kids. Now, Rick and his teenage daughter Lanie present more than one hundred international yet simple, step-by-step recipes that will draw everyone to the table.

Mexican everyday /
ISBN: 039306154X. OCLC Number:

Norton,. New York :. ©2005.

Presents easy-to-prepare recipes for nutritious Mexican dishes including salads, soups, soft tacos, enchiladas, tostadas, tortas, entrees, grilled fare, marinades, salsas, and desserts.

Fiesta at Rick's :
ISBN: 0393058999. OCLC Number:

W.W. Norton,. New York :. ©2010.

Presents one hundred fifty Mexican-inspired recipes to make for entertaining both small and large gatherings, providing menus for four different types of parties and including recipes for champagne margaritas and mango guacamole.

Frontera :
ISBN: 0393088928. OCLC Number:

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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.

More Mexican everyday :
ISBN: 0393081141. OCLC Number:

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Bayless transformed America's understanding of Mexican cuisine with his book, Mexican Everyday. Now he returns with an all-new collection of uniquely flavorful recipes, each one the product of his evolution as a chef and champion of local, seasonal ingredients. Cooking Mexican couldn't be easier, or more delicious.


Mexican Kitchen

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