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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books (Sept. 15 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781813042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781813044
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.8 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 975 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #359,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"If you love Mexican comfort food and fantastic photography, you need Muy Bueno on your kitchen bookshelf!" -- Jorge Bravo "HispanicKitchen.com"

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 Parade, SAVEUR, and Gourmet, among others. 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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An excellent Mexican cookbook! Delicious food & Easy to follow recipes!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa68e2f30) out of 5 stars Muchas gracias para Muy Bueno!! Sept. 26 2012
By Megan Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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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 rolled...how 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.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa655e198) out of 5 stars This book is worth the buy!!! Sept. 21 2012
By Patricia Frymyer - Published on Amazon.com
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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!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa655e15c) out of 5 stars LOVE LOVE LOVE this cookbook! May 28 2013
By Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
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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!!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa655e450) out of 5 stars The real deal! Aug. 19 2013
By Nicholas M. Sullivan - Published on Amazon.com
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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. I was searching for a book that has the traditional stuff, but where I could take advantage of all the fresh produce and authentic ingredients (think cheeses and peppers here) at my local Latino market. After much research, I decided on "Muy Bueno." It was the right choice. Most of the recipes in this book go back at least three generations to Maria de Jesus Mendias, the matriarch of these cooking daughter and granddaughters who wrote the book. The book is, in actuality, a tribute to Grandma Jesusita and the great dishes she used to cook up back home in Mexico in the days of Pancho Villa. The book also is lavishly illustrated by the excellent photography of Jeanine Thurston. My only complaint with this book is that I wish there were less recipes for mixed drinks and more recipes for breakfasts. A good Huevos Rancheros recipe would be nice, but I already have a good one in BH&G's "Mexican Cooking." I expect I'll still use this little gem until it falls apart. But, if you're looking for the real thing now, "Muy Buenos" is very good.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa655e4b0) out of 5 stars Review specific to KINDLE edition Jan. 24 2014
By Roger Lee - Published on Amazon.com
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Although this is a nice little cookbook with a smallish selection of appealing recipes and attractive photographs, I can't recommend the Kindle edition. The Kindle edition is not a true digital book. It is a digitized book, basically it's a scan and there's no way tadjust the text size or even to zoom in to make it more legible. One of the great advantages of Kindle books is not having to wear reading glasses to read them. If this fault were corrected, I'd rate this cookbook at 3.5 stars which means I'd give them 4 to err on the nice side.