More Rick Bayless, Mexican Everyday

Rick Bayless and his wife, Deann Groen Bayless have released their ninth book, More Mexican Everyday for people who love to cook. They “offer recipes that are not dumbed down, that are smart recipes utilizing ingredients and cookware and techniques to be the most efficient.” They wrote the book to help cooks understand why a recipe is that way it is but then they hope that cooks will release their slavish ties to the recipe and to improvise more.

Rick believes that almost everyone who cooks dinner is doing a Quickfire challenge, like he did as Top Chef Master. You don’t have much time, and it has to be cooked and you want it to be delicious. To be successful, Rick says, the keys are understanding flavor, texture and how to balance them.

Don’t miss out as a chef to join Rick and Ricardo Munoz on the chefs’ trip to Campeche in September. We still have openings. To see more delicious bites from Rick, check out the Eater video on eating a meal at Topolabampo, Rick’s fine dining restaurant in Chicago. You can see it and the article here.

Nacho wins for best photography, Gourmand Cookbook Award


With over five thousand entries, Nacho Urquiza won for his outstanding photography for the cookbook, Cocina Mexicana, Patrimonio de la Humanidad, (Larousse de Mexico) at the Feb. 22-24 Gourmand’s Cookbook Awards ceremony in Paris under the Pyramid of the Louvre Museum, in the Carrousel du Louvre. Nacho is pictured here with Tomás García, director general of Larousse Mexico. Anau de Haro coordinated the book with René López which celebrates 200 years of Mexican cuisine.

Nacho was also part of the team that won Best World Cuisine Jewish for Sefra Dayme, Cien Años de Cocina Judeo-Damasquina en México (Ambar Diseño).

Congratulations, Nacho!  You can see more of his work at Estudio Urquiza.


La Cocina Mexicana selected for the Paris Cookbook Fair

We are honored that La Cocina Mexicana: Many Cultures, One Cuisine has been selected as one of the cookbooks to be judged for the Gourmand’s World Cookbook Award. This international cookbook fair will be held in Paris next to the inverted pyramid of the Louvre Museum Feb. 22-24, 2013. The books on the list were selected for their potential and appeal to the international market.

Legendary 3-star chef, Michel Roux from the Waterside Inn, in his speech as President of Honor of the 2012 Fair,  explained that he thinks this fair is unique and well respected, and everyone, big or small is given an equal chance at winning. “Everyone gets attention here, and has an opportunity to get a close look at the culinary business. You can profit from the knowledge of professionals from all around the world in an absolutely unique way. Every young person who wants to be a professional in the gastronomy or culinary business has to be there.”