Cook the Book: 'Fiesta at Rick's'


Here's a question for you: If you could be invited to a party at any celebrity chefs' house who would it be? Even before getting my hands on a copy of Fiesta at Rick's, Rick Bayless would be my first choice. He just seems like a guy who knows how to throw a great party, the kind of party where everything from the music to the drinks, and obviously, the food, is just right. And best of all (in my mind's eye, at least), he seems like he would be a wonderful host, one who is gracious, generous, and never stressed out.

While Fiesta at Rick's is primarily a cookbook filled with countless cocktails, hors d'œuvres, and meals to feed a crowd, it's also a wonderful guide to entertaining. Bayless breaks down the book into individual parties for varying numbers of guests complete with menus, game plans, and even playlists to keep the mood lively. He guides the host through all parts of the party planning process whether you chose to throw a Luxury Guacamole Cocktail Party for 12 or an even more ambitious Classic Mexican Mole Party for 25.

Most importantly, Fiesta at Rick's is the kind of book that makes you want to entertain—the recipes are ones that you want to share with your closest friends and family. This week we're going to share a summer party menu of dishes that will allow you to be out and about with your guests instead manning the stove. We'll start with Champagne Margaritas and Bacon-Tomato Guacamole, and then move onto a Slow Cooker Mole, and finish up with White Chocolate-Mezcal Ice Cream.

Win 'Fiesta at Rick's'

Thanks to the generous folks over at W.W. Norton, we are giving away five (5) copies of Fiesta at Rick's this week. All you have to do is tell us about which celebrity chef's party you would like to attend in the comments section below.

Five (5) people will be chosen at random among the eligible comments below. We're sorry, but entry is only open to residents of the U.S. and Canada. Comments will close Monday, July 12 at noon ET. The standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.