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Hola, I’m Yvette, an Emmy-winning producer and writer, award-winning food blogger, and author of Muy Bueno: Three Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor co-written with my mother Vangie and sister Veronica, published in 2012 and Latin Twist: Traditional & Modern Cocktails co-written with Vianney from Sweet Life, published in 2015. I’m a native Texan, born and raised in El Paso. I currently live in the beautiful state of Colorado with my husband and two children. I keep my heart in two places, because I’m completely in love with our home in Colorado and also a proud Tejana!

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Here on Muy Bueno, I share delicious home-style Mexican recipes served with a heaping spoonful of heartwarming family stories. For me, food has become a way to share my cultural heritage and childhood memories with my family.

Mexican food and culture have always been a big part of my life. As a young girl, I remember learning to cook with my mom, Vangie, and my grandma, Jesusita. But it wasn’t until my grandmother passed away in 2004, at the age of 98, that I realized just how passionate I really was about keeping my culture alive in my own family.

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It was then that I realized, if I didn’t cook, our family recipes would disappear. Instead, I decided to celebrate traditional Mexican foods and holidays with my children so they could appreciate the rich and unique heritage of Mexico.

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Now, my children help me in the kitchen when I cook, and they love hearing stories of my childhood. One day as we were eating dinner, my daughter asked me if I plan to have all our recipes written down for her so that she can make them after she leaves for college. She was just 8 years old at the time, but it really made me think about how we could preserve these recipes for my children’s future. I turned to my mother and said, “Mom, let’s write a cookbook!” and that’s how it all started.

When people ask why I named the blog and cookbook Muy Bueno, my response is that my grandma would always invite family and friends to her table with the same words: “Siéntate a comer, esta muy bueno” (Sit down and eat, it’s very good). She lingered on the “muuuuy bueno” with a smile, raised eyebrows, and a twinkle in her eyes as if to let her guests know they were in for a treat. Those two words—and the memory of grandma and her legendary meals—never fail to bring a smile to my face.

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Here on Muy Bueno, I share a collection of traditional Mexican recipes. These are my precious family’s recipes that have been passed down through generations. I also share modern Latin-fusion recipes that I have developed. Thanks to my grandma, who I know is watching over me, I feel that maybe, just maybe, she whispers a few words of encouragement into my ears to help me find my way around the kitchen and turn out a recipe worthy of her praise.

I hope you’ll enjoy discovering my grandma’s secrets to great Mexican food and following my own journey as an evolving home chef who shares delicious recipes each week.

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About Muy Bueno

I created the Muy Bueno blog as an online journal to document the journey of writing a cookbook. Over time, it evolved into a place where I could celebrate my culture, my grandma, and my mother, by preserving the generations of traditions en la cocina.

Here on Muy Bueno, you will find the blog section, where I regularly share Mexican comfort foods as well as healthy Latin inspired recipes, travel adventures, and new to the blog are DIY projects. You will also find a video section, where you can preview all of my videos from the Muy Bueno YouTube channel.

As my blog has expanded, it has allowed me to pursue my passion in more ways than one. I now work as a recipe developer, spokesperson, and on-camera host for some amazing food brands that you might see featured here on Muy Bueno from time to time. If you’d like to work together please see Work with Muy Bueno for details.

As a mother I’m especially concerned with making sure all children have access to healthy food and know where their food comes from. Did you know that 13 million kids in the U.S. struggle with hunger? In 2012, I was honored to participate in a live round-table discussion with First Lady Michelle Obama, to discuss some of the issues impacting Hispanic families across the nation, including the health and future of our children. You can see that video here.

I have also been an active supporter of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. You can find how to help on NoKidHungry.org. See some of my past campaigns like #BakeItForward.

To view a list of professional services, click here.

Mi casa es su casa ~ I feel very blessed and grateful that you have taken the time to visit my online home. I hope you take pleasure in making my recipes as much as I delight in sharing them. As my grandma used to say, “Panza llena, corazón contento” (Full stomach, happy heart).

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166 comments

  1. Thank you !! For your wonderful love of
    Mexican cultura, recipes and sharing you’re wonderful, mother you’re 1sr teacher and
    Love..my wife is from Veracruz, and is a lovely
    cook both my parent’s are from Mexico city
    and also have a wonderful cook, in my madre.
    Nuestra cultura, is one of a kind and would love
    to see our culture traditions reach the taste of
    Mexico around the world, I will share you’re
    page,on my face book with friends and hope
    to reach the globe out there thank you for everything you do for your and our culture
    Mexicana. Luis y familia. Viva Mexico y nuestra
    cultura DE Mexico. ♡☆☆☆☆☆ Feliz Navidad.

  2. My dad use to make some cookies was I was a little girl, to little to remember all the ingredients. I do remember walnuts. The cookies were not to sweet. I have found a person that makes the same cookies but she will not share the recipe as it is a family recipe. I totally understand her but I would love to be able to make those cookies. Do you have any ideas??? I have seen them in a few of the Mexican store around here but they will not share the recipe either.

    • Hi Barbara, they’re probably the famous (and so simple to make) “Mexican wedding cookies”. Just google the recipe and you’ll find a lot of recipes.

  3. Recently, I became aware of Muy Bueno, I decided to learn more than just about “great recipes” for myself.

    It has become an exciting on-line journey, for me, reading about you, your love for your family and your family recipe treasures. I particularly like that your recipes have a connection to Mexican-American type cooking — of course, keeping in mind that our families came from many different parts of Mexico.

    The historical progression from the “originals” to where I am in my life, make your recipes familiar, yet new and exciting! Thank you!

    I kike the results of my execution of the Muy Bueno recipes which I have cooked. Thank yoou.

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