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"I have always been fascinated with how the foods of northern Mexico joined with the foods of the southern United States to invent a whole new world of culinary possibilities. Cooks from both sides of the border have been creating a delicious, exciting cuisine for the past couple hundred years. The women of Muy Bueno have some fantastic stories and recipes about this. Wow I truly enjoyed reading it and can't wait to start cooking!" --Roberto Santibañez, chef-owner of Fonda restaurants in NYC and author of Truly Mexican and Tacos, Tortas, and Tamales

It's hard for me to remain neutral about the tales and recipes of Muy Bueno. You see, their stories are my stories, just like many of us whose grandparents came from Chihuahua to Texas and beyond. But you needn't have an abuelita who blessed generations by handing down her recipes all you need is the love and spirit that Yvette, Veronica and Evangelina have filled within the pages of this book. Packed with authentic regional recipes, beautiful stories and gorgeous photographs, Muy Bueno is above all else a delicious family love story. --Matt Armendariz, MattBites.com and author of On a Stick!

"If you love Mexican comfort food and fantastic photography, you need Muy Bueno on your kitchen bookshelf!" --Jorge Bravo, founder of HispanicKitchen.com

--Jorge Bravo, founder of HispanicKitchen.com

"Charming family stories combined with richly colorful photos to make this a delightful invitation to cooking" --Michelle Kayal, Associated Press

"Every page invites the reader to step into the richness of Mexican culture, defined by exquisite food and lots of love. To see family recipes both traditional and contemporary recreated with so much care is a joy. I personally look forward to making Muy Bueno's recipes for my own family. --Nina Terrero, Entertainment Weekly

About the Author

Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack, Veronica Gonzalez-Smith, and their mother Evangelina Soza were all born and raised in El Paso, Texas. They learned to cook from their grandmother and mother, Jesusita Mendias-Soza, whose hospitality and irresistible Mexican recipes were legendary among family and friends. They started the Muy Bueno Cookbook blog to celebrate and preserve their family's special culinary heritage. The blog and recipes have been featured in Latina magazine, and the websites of Paula Deen, The Pioneer Woman, SAVEUR, and Gourmet. Though now Yvette resides in Denver, Colorado, Veronica has moved to Germany, and Evangelina remains in her hometown El Paso, Texas, the three of them meet as often as possible to share the delicious food and steadfast family bond that inspired Muy Bueno. Visit them at muybuenocookbook.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books; Bilingual edition (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781813042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781813044
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #468,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Megan Johnson on September 26, 2012
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I pre-ordered Muy Bueno about a month ago after reading the glowing review from Roberto Santibanez, my favorite Mexican chef. I received it yesterday. I have actually never even seen these ladies' cooking blog before, but right off the bat, I read this cookbook from cover to cover. The photographs are beautiful, and the writing is actually worth reading!

In the beginning, the book explains to you that the recipes are contributed by 3 generations of women. A grandmother, mother, and 2 daughters. You can tell who submitted each recipe to the book because there is an icon with each recipe, and every recipe has a little story in the beginning that tells you how it is important to their family culture/tradition. I found the entire cookbook to be utterly heart warming. I feel that every recipe included is approachable, even to the novice cook, and without ingredients that would be difficult to find. I also think it's worth noting that I have about 5 other Mexican cookbooks, but I still know that I will be cooking heavily out of this book.

Some things I just can't wait to try:

Appetizers:
Bacon-wrapped shrimp with jalapeno
Corn in a cup (sort of like Mexican creamed corn, yum!)
Mexican shrimp cocktail (one of the best looking recipes I've seen for this)

Soups:
Albondigas (Mexican meatball soup...I've been wanting to try a new recipe for this!)
Homemade chicken soup (the picture looks absolutely delicious)
Pozole rojo (Red pork and hominy stew)

Entrees:
Chicken tinga
Chipotle shredded pork enchiladas (stacked, not rolled...how fun!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Frymyer on September 21, 2012
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I have been a faithful follower of the Muy Bueno Cookbook blog for over a year now, and have already tried many of their recipes! Their chicken tinga is smoky hot and flavorful. Tacos al pastor is a sweet and spicy blend of yumminess! The pumpkin empanadas and champurrado make excellent autumn and winter treats! I can't WAIT to receive the full cookbook that will have so many more recipes. The pictures, the stories, the love, the recipes - this cookbook is a must have!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Morgan on May 28, 2013
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I first borrowed Muy Bueno from a friend and when I realized there were too many recipes I wanted to try had to purchase my own! My boyfriend is from California and grew up eating this type of food and has recently moved out to the east coast and he was disappointed every meal we ate out Mexican. Only thing Mexican style I could make before this cookbook was tacos! Recipes are super easy to follow and now I can make anything his belly wants! We especially love the enchiladas! The recipes taste good, present well, and have satisfied his craving of authentic Mexican foods from his home! Ive learned a lot from this book and enjoyed the story in the beginning. If you love authentic Mexican meals these ladies did it right, and you need this book in your collection!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas M. Sullivan on August 19, 2013
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I went surfing Amazon for a recipe book that presented traditional and authentic Mexican recipes. There were many Mexican cooking books and "Mexican-like" cookbooks, and Mexican-flavored" cookbooks listed, all with high ratings. But, in these days of egotistical celebrity chefs and cooking magazines that have to turn out 35 or so new recipes a month - whether they are fit to eat or not - it's difficult to determine whether you're getting an authentic traditional recipe or some sort of fusion dish using all the latest fad ingredients that most people in the country of origin may never have heard of. (I keep looking for arugula ice cream to appear in the supermarket any day now. It seems everybody uses this green in just about everything). Fortunately, I live in a city with a great library, so I checked out several of the more popular Mexican recipe books out there to see if they really were traditional and authentic or some celeb chef's creations. Most were the latter. Traditional Mexican food - what gets served on the family tables and in the restaurants south of the Border - is one of the great cuisines of the world. And, as my former boss was fond of saying: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." My frame of reference to check out these recipes is Better Homes and Gardens 1977 edition of "Mexican Cooking". This is a real jewel of a book that shows you how to cook just about every Mexican dish you'd ever want to. I wouldn't sell my well-used book for $1,000. The problem with it (if you want to call it a problem) is that Mexican-source products weren't readily available then in most places of the United States, so a lot of ingredients come out of a can or are substitutions.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rochelle L Brouse on November 4, 2012
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I was looking for an authentic recipe for capirotada, and chanced upon the recipe in this cookbook. This book is perfect for anyone wanting to experiment with authentic Mexican recipes, as well as discovering new, exciting fusion-style dishes. And the family stories that preface the entire book as well as each recipe are wonderful, truly enveloping you in this family's history and making you feel a welcomed friend into thier kitchen. Living in So Cal, I have experienced a lot of Mexican, and many other Latin types of, cooking but few recipe books for Mexican that are both authentic and yet easily adaptable to the novice cook's local supplies. Since purchasing this book I have made several of the recipes for office potlucks, and I have been deemed an "authentic Latina cook"--truly an honor from a culture that knows what's good food!
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