David Sterling, chef and author of Yucatán: Recipes from a Culinary Expedition, brings Rick on a whirlwind tour of the peninsula. The pair of Oklahoma-born, Mexico-obsessed chefs begin their journey with a conversation in Hunucmá, where Dõna Lupita serves home-cooked meals at the kitchen table of her familys cocina económica. Though the Yucatán is not known for its bakeries, David goes to the rustic wood-burning ovens at Panadería Liz in Merida. Then its back to the gorgeous kitchen... [see more] at Los Dos Cooking School, where David makes a pan of buttery, indulgent hojaldras a sweet-and-savory pastry stuffed with ham, cheese and chile and dusted with sugar. Inspired by all of the homey comfort, Rick makes a nourishing frijol con puerco and a hojaldra all his own.
This cooking series encourages home cooks to use the vibrant flavors of Mexican cuisine in their everyday cooking. Each week, host Rick Bayless - an award-winning chef, author and teacher - prepares dozens of delicious dishes. Rick also explores the distinct flavors that animate and define Mexican cuisine, a journey that takes him anywhere from the famous chorizo stalls in Toluca to the cliffs of Acapulco to the bustling markets in Mexico City.