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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Cookbook Review: Frontera by Rick Bayless

Book: Frontera

Author: Rick Bayless and Deann Groen Bayless

Release date (if applicable): Published

Synopsis: Bayless gives recipes for margaritas and other Mexican themed drinks, as well as guacamole and snacks in this latest release. Drinks include such liqueurs as tequila, mezcal, Kahlua, among other lesser known liqueurs from Mexico.

My rating: 3 Stars

My opinion: Let me say first that this cookbook was put together beautifully. The drinks and snacks/appetizers looked delicious; however, there was a complexity to the drink recipes that I don't think made it a practical cookbook for the everyday house or house bar. Frequently, the liqueurs required multiple steps and multiple days of preparation, such as vanilla orange liqueur which was utilized in only one margarita. Now, there will be a couple of drinks that I prepare for this food blog, but they were definitely outweighed by those that couldn't be.

I thought the variations in the guacamole were interesting. The snacks in the book were light and required special ingredients which may/may not be difficult to locate such as a powdered chipotle powder.

Source: Library       

Would I recommend? : Unless you are a skilled mixologist, save your $25 (list price) and grab it from the library.

Stand Alone or Part of a Series: Stand Alone

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