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Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack , Veronica Gonzalez-Smith , Evangelina Soza , Jeanine Thurston

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Muchas gracias para Muy Bueno!! Sept. 26 2012
By Megan Johnson - Published on
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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:

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)

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)

Chicken tinga
Chipotle shredded pork enchiladas (stacked, not fun!)
Beef tongue with tomato (No recipe has ever made me want to cook lengua before)
Chile rellenos topped with ranchero sauce (an old fave)
Cheese and shrimp stuffed poblanos (How could that not be good?)
Chilaquiles rojos (classic Mexican breakfast)

Churros with Mexican chocolate dipping sauce (omg.)
Bunuelos (fried tortillas with cinnamon and sugar)
Coconut milk tres leches cake (WHAT?!)

I am so happy I purchased this cookbook! I will definitely be making all those recipes listed above, and more. I'm pretty sad that my boyfriend wanted pork chops tonight, because it means I won't be able to get started on one of these recipes right away.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is worth the buy!!! Sept. 21 2012
By Patricia Frymyer - Published on
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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!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST Cookbook! Sept. 29 2012
By Christine - Published on
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Muy Bueno cookbook WELL exceeds beyond my expectations!!! I don't know what to make first, menudo or the coconut milk cake. Their green chile with beef and potatoes and their red chile sauce recipes bring back fond memories of my mother's cooking. I love their beautiful colorful photos. This is definitely my all time favorite Mexican cookbook, their recipes are meals I grew up with. Muchas gracias Vangie, Veronica y Yvette!!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE LOVE LOVE this cookbook! May 28 2013
By Morgan - Published on
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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!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Muy Bueno es Muy Delicioso Nov. 4 2012
By Rochelle L Brouse - Published on
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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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