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Rick & Lanie's Excellent Kitchen Adventures: Recipes and Stories by Rick Bayless and Lanie Bayless and Deann Groen Bayless

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  • The world's greatest chili

    • Emily Hope on November 06, 2012

      This is my standard basic chili recipe, and it always gets raves. Pretty meat-centric as written, I usually reduce the meat by 1/2 pound and up the pinto beans--recently tried it as written and it's good that way, too, just meatier. I've made it with both chile options (ground chile or dried whole ones that are rehydrated and blended), and like it both ways--the dried chiles do offer somewhat more depth of flavor but a good ground chile powder works well too and is easier for a weeknight. I never remember to add the masa harina/cornmeal, and haven't missed it. [November 2012, made for housewarming with a bevy of dips, cornbread, and black bean pumpkin soup.]

    • TrishaCP on January 03, 2016

      Made this more or less as written- I think it is a good recipe but would definitely tweak it in the future to better meet my tastes. (More beans, more heat, and more depth of flavor.)

  • French profiteroles

    • jbuchman on May 08, 2017

      Perfect for a special occasion. The chocolate sauce alone is worth making for topping vanilla ice cream.

  • Hickory House twice-baked potatoes

    • BlytheSpirit on February 02, 2012

      This was the first recipe I've tried from this book. It's so easy and surprisingly good. I know many would look down their noses at American cheese, but this is simple and delicious. Would be a great addition to a potluck or barbeque party.

  • Bangkok-style chicken satay

    • chawkins on May 03, 2012

      The sauce tasted mostly of peanut butter but it mellowed out the next day and you could actually taste the other ingredients in the sauce. There are better sate recipes out there.

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  • ISBN 10 1584793317
  • ISBN 13 9781584793311
  • Linked ISBNs
  • Published Oct 01 2004
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 232
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Stewart, Tabori, & Chang

Publishers Text

2005 James Beard Award Nominee - General

Renowned chef, author, and television personality Rick Bayless has prepared gourmet meals for his share of celebrities. But when asked about his most memorable cooking experiences, he immediately answers, with my family and friends, at my home or theirs--whether around the block or around the globe. Lanie Bayless has grown up cooking and eating with her chef-dad in their restaurant, at their home, and in other people's homes from Oklahoma City to Tokyo--with stops in Mexico, Morocco, France, Thailand, and Peru along the way. But her perspective is different from his. He's the celebrated chef with decades of cooking and traveling experience, and she's a teenager with ideas of her own.


Rick & Lanie's Excellent Kitchen Adventures is a lively, multigenerational dialogue between two not-always-like-minded cooks. Each brings a unique outlook to the wide variety of flavors, cooking techniques, ingredients, and travel experiences they shared during the four years they worked on this book.


For Rick, sharing a meal is one of the most powerful catalysts for common understanding between parents and kids, friends and families, and people from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. This unique cookbook of more than 100 international classics (as well as down-home American favorites) offers simple, step-by-step recipes that will draw everyone to the table. Here the wisdom and experience of a famous chef are transformed into the everyday advice of an at-home dad.



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