I absolutely love to cook which is something I inherited by my mother and both my grandmothers. I talk to her often about putting our family recipes into a book to pass down to my daughter or to give to friends. The women behind Muy Bueno Cookbook have done just that. Their recipes are inspired and sentimental and absolutely DELICIOUS! I have been following them for awhile and have tested out their recipes in my own kitchen with crowd pleasing results. I am beside myself with excitement that their book is now available! The cookbook is also just as beautiful as it is scrumptious thanks to Colorado photographer extraordinaire, Jeanine Thurston, of Fototails Photography. As a collector of cookbooks I cannot wait to add this one to the mix.
On Friday, October 19th Yvette & Jeanine will be at The Tattered Cover on Colfax from 7:30 to 9:30 for yummy treats, a Q & A, and to sign copies of their book.
I am so lucky to know both of these lovely women and I couldn’t be happier for their success. I emailed Yvette a list of questions to share with my readers, so now you all can see just how fabulous she is for yourselves.
1. Where did the idea for a cookbook come from?
One summer mom was visiting me and we cooked a lot together. Those days in the kitchen with her and my daughter brought lots of memories, stories, and laughter that I didn’t want to end. I started posting photos of our dishes on facebook and many of my friends said I should write a cookbook. At first I laughed it off and then Jeanine (our photographer) said that I really should and offered to be our photographer. To make a long story short my mother and sister joined Jeanine and I and our blogging journey began and eventually led us to be published.
2. Who contributed?
Our cookbook spans three generations of Mexican cooking. The first generation we refer to repeatedly in our blog and cookbook is that of our grandma, Jesusita who was the matriarch of our familia. She was from Chihuahua, Mexico and her recipes are traditional old-world northern Mexican dishes. Evangelina (Vangie), our mother grew up in Texas, so her recipes have more of a south of the border flavor — a little bit of Texas with a lot of Mexico. Veronica and I refer to our innovative recipes as Latin fusion. Our dishes are made fresh and light using lots of Latin ingredients with a modern twist perfect for entertaining.
3. How long did it take to complete?
We started our blog in 2010 and some of the recipes on our blog are also in our printed cookbook. But we saved most of the special recipes for our cookbook. I would say this effort took us about two years, but the cookbook itself was about one year. I also designed the cookbook and book jacket, so the last few months was hectic but very exciting to see our cookbook come to life.
4. How many times did you have to test each recipe before it was ready for print?
We tested, tested, and re-tested!!! Our tamales, flour tortillas, and lengue (tongue) recipes were some of the most challenging to write. We tested those many times just to make sure we had every ingredient amount correct and that all the steps in our directions were easy to follow. We also had to re-test many recipes just to figure out how many servings the dish made. Oh, and we even re-tested recipes, just to re-photograph them. Lots of details we were not prepared for but overcame.
5. What sets you apart from other Latino cookbooks out there?
There are hundreds of Latin cookbooks out there. I think what sets us apart is that we are not culinary trained professionals. We are real people making real food. Our food and techniques are approachable and easy to understand. But most of all our recipes are simple traditional Mexican dishes we grew up eating.
6. Where do you hope to see yourself in the next 3-5 years?
Um, hello…Food Network please call us!!! LOL! I would LOVE for the three of us to have a cooking show. So many people love Mexican food and a cooking show with a mother and two daughters would be a hit. Don’t you think? I’d also love to eventually have a Muy Bueno product line of salsas and sauces as well as a cookware and serveware line. Yea, I dream BIG!
7. When did you first learn to cook?
We are home cooks taught by our grandma, mother, and self-taught.
8. How do you balance being a mom, and an author?
It’s a very difficult balance. I’m still trying to figure out how to juggle it all. I work lots of late nights after our children are in bed so that I do not rob them of my time while they are home. But soon I will be traveling for our book tour so to be honest I am a tad nervous about being away. Luckily for me my hubby is so super supportive.
9. How did your collaboration with Jeanine Thurston come about?
Jeanine has been photographing our children for years and even traveled to our wedding in Mexico to be our photographer. She is the one who gave me the push to write a cookbook. If it wasn’t for her our cookbook might not have come to fruition. It is her amazing photography that has caught the eye of so. We are truly blessed to have her be a part of our team and now consider her familia. Love her!
10. Do you see a second cookbook in your future?
Oh gosh! As much as I don’t want to think about all the work I’d love to write another cookbook. It was so hard to weed down our top 100 recipes and have so many more to offer. We’ve also thought about a cocktail book too. We are praying for the best with this cookbook, and can only hope great things are in store for us.
Thank you to Yvette & her family and to Jeanine for sharing such a wonderful book with the world!