One piece of kitchen equipment Bayless coveted for years and recently acquired is a Delonghi Dual Zone Deep Fryer, which he uses to make churros ($170; 888-921-9378). Another is a Sanyo Rice Cooker; the steamer doubles as a tortilla warmer ($40; 818-998-7322).
Bayless is happy to report that American stores are starting to carry Mexican Citrus Squeezers, which he says are the best tools to juice limes quickly ($15 from Restoration Hardware; 800-762-1005).
"About a third of the dishes we prepare at home call for something to be grated," Bayless says. His 11-year-old daughter, Lanie, loves to help out by using the Progressive International Tower Grater, because the rubber ball on top and nonskid corners make it easy to hold in place ($13; 800-426-7101).