Hola, I’m Yvette, an on-camera host, a home chef, 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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