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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Muy Bueno: Three Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor Cookbook Review

Muy Bueno
Three Generations of Authentic Mexican flavor

authors: Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack, Veronica Gonzalez-Smith, Evangelina Soza
publisher: Hippocrene
photos: yes
soft cover: 288 pages

chapters/sections:  Introduction - Glossary of Chiles - Tamales - Breads - Salsas - Drinks - Aguas y Paletas - Appetizers - Soups - Entrees - Sides- Desserts - Gracias - Spanish Recipe Index - Recipe Index

fun features:  One of my favorite parts of this book has to be the harmony of Yvette, Veronica, and Evangelina's voices.  From the heartfelt personal introductions to the silhouettes on each page denoting who each individual story or recipe comes from, the love so obviously put into this book shines brightly from the pages to warm your heart...and your kitchen.

(a few of the many) recipes destined for my kitchen:  Persimmon Mojito, Bruschetta Topped with Apricot Melted Brie and Pomegranate Seeds, Roasted Green Chile w/ Buttermilk and Cheese, Scallop and Cucumber Cocktail, Chicken Tortilla Soup, Menudo, Chicken Tinga, Beef Tongue w/ Tomato, Spicy Mushroom Torta w/ Cheese, Chiles Toreados, Biscochos, Capirotada, Churros w/ Mexican Chocolate Dipping Sauce

my thoughts/review: In four words: I adore this cookbook.  Food memories are my favorite stories and when they tell the why and the how of the creation and evolution of a recipe, it's gold.    That is exactly what this book is full of.  Deep, earthy Mexican flavors from traditional to nuevo, I can't keep my hands off of this book.  A great addition to the library of those already versed and in love with Mexican cuisine and flavors as well as those looking to explore it.

recipe(s) I have already tried:

about the authors:  All three of these ladies were born and raised in El Paso, Texas.  They learned to cook from their grandmother and mother, Jesusita Medias-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 Live.  Though Yvette now resides in Denver, Colorado, Veronica has moved to Germany, and Evangelina remains in her hometown El Paso, Texas, the three meet as often as possible to share the delicious food and steadfast family bond that inspired Muy Bueno.

further info:  blog | facebook | twitter | YouTube

Hippocrene has generously offered one of my readers the chance to win their very own copy of the newly released Muy Bueno: Three Generations of Authentic Flavor cookbook (US shipping addresses only, please).  Please enter in the Rafflecopter box below. Simply tell me which recipe you've seen so far from the Muy Bueno Cookbook that you're dying to make.  Check the announcement page for links if you're interested.  That is the only mandatory entry.  The other 7 entries are all optional and will earn you one extra entry each.  Submissions due October 8 at 11:59 pm. Best of luck! (This is my first go at using Rafflecopter, so any feedback you'd like to leave in the comments section or via email is appreciated.  Just wanted to try something new this time.)
a Rafflecopter giveaway

*I received a free copy of this book to review from the publisher.  All thoughts and opinions stated in this post are 100% mine.

*This post is part of the Muy Bueno Cookbook Spotlight & Cook-Off sponsored by Hippocrene and hosted at girlichef*
Muy Bueno Cookbook Cook-Off and Spotlight (small)

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