An Interview with Muy Bueno Cookbook, My Favorite Foodies Series

by Spicie Foodie on December 5, 2011

My Favorite Foodies, Spicie Foodie, Muy Bueno Cookbook

Today I’d like to introduce to you to the 3 beautiful and talented ladies behind Muy Bueno Cookbook. Muy Bueno is one of my favorite blogs because of the family traditions and love behind each mouthwatering recipe. But it doesn’t end there, the photography is gorgeous and stories behind each dish interesting. When you visit Muy Bueno you feel like you are at a friends house, you feel the warmth of the food. You will also feel the need to quickly step into your kitchen and cook some of their delicious recipes for your family. That is how I felt after reading Veronica’s Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe. After you’ve read this interview make sure to stop by Muy Bueno and see my guest post about that scrumptious soup. Please help me welcome Yvette, Veronica and Vangie. (Please note that photos link to the recipes.)

My Favorite Foodies, Spicie Foodie, Muy Bueno Cookbook

1. Can you tell us a little bit about your blog?
Muy Bueno: Three Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor is written by me (Yvette), my sister Veronica, and our mother, Vangie. Our blog takes readers south-of-the-border for down-home Mexican comfort food with time-tested favorite family recipes and treasured food traditions. Most of our recipes are intertwined with stories, cultural history, and our family background.

2. Is there a special significance to your blogs title?
Our grandma/mother (Jesusita) used to say, “Siéntate a comer, esta muy bueno” (Sit down and eat, it’s very good), to family and friends just before they sat down at her table. When we hear those two words it brings a smile to our face because it reminds us of her and her memorable meals. She used to say, “Muuuuy Bueno” with a smile, raised eyebrows, and a twinkle in her eye as if to say, bienvenido (welcome).

My Favorite Foodies, Spicie Foodie, Muy Bueno Cookbook

3. What is your favorite food to cook or bake, and why?
Yvette: I am an enchilada lover! Red or green chile is what I often crave – I love spicy food. Luckily my husband loves enchiladas too and doesn’t complain about my addiction.

Veronica: I am obsessed with the taste of mole. There are so many varieties and I think I could spend a lifetime testing them all, red and green.

Vangie: Green enchiladas, they have been a favorite with my children, family and friends.

4. What is your most special or memorable kitchen moment, be it a happy or a disastrous memory?
Yvette: Just recently I was testing our fresh pumpkin filling recipe for our pumpkin empanadas. It was very nostalgic for me because it reminded me of my grandma. I steamed my children’s jack-o’-lanterns to make the puree. I used to save my carved pumpkins every year for my grandma to steam. The smell of the pumpkins steaming with cinnamon, cloves, and piloncillo (Mexican brown sugar) took me back to my childhood — It was a wonderful warm fuzzy feeling.

Veronica: My first attempt at making mole from scratch was a disaster. I turned my kitchen upside down and I think I used every pot and pan in my kitchen. However, all was said and done it was a work of art. I made so much I ended up freezing most of it.

Vangie: I made my first cake at the age of 12 (cake mixes were fairly new I guess, so I was anxious to try one). My parents owned a small neighborhood Mom and Pop store so I had availability to the mix. After I mixed it according to the instructions and poured them into the pans, I didn’t think they were full enough and they would come out flat. My mother told me that they would rise as they baked. At the time she was washing and hanging clothes outside on the clothesline. I guess I didn’t believe her, so when she went to hang the clothes, I went into the store and grabbed another box of mix and mixed it as fast as I could and filled the pans to the rim. Well you guessed it, they overflowed and the oven was a mess, I got the biggest scolding, and had to clean the oven, so that taught me to listen to my mom.

My Favorite Foodies, Spicie Foodie, Muy Bueno Cookbook

5. What is your favorite spice and why?
Yvette and Veronica: Cinnamon. The aroma of it brewing in the kitchen reminds us of grandma’s house. It was a sign that she was in the kitchen baking something amazing.

Vangie: There are so many to choose from, but I really like the smell of cinnamon and cloves, especially in winter. It makes the house smell so good. It’s also good for drinking, on a cold day.

6. Do you like to listen to music while you cook? What do you listen to?
Yvette: I listen to Latin Pop, drink some wine, and dance in the kitchen when no one is watching. If my children are home then it’s all about them in the kitchen. They both love to help me in the kitchen, so while Latin pop music is softly playing in the background I am usually a referee between my daughter and son. I try to keep the peace by assigning jobs to them. Anyone who has children knows what I’m talking about ;)

Veronica: Yes, yes and yes…I love listening to music while I cook. I like to have a glass of wine while I’m cooking too. Cooking with a glass of wine and listening to great music is second only to having a kitchen full of family and friends in the kitchen eating and drinking with me.

Vangie: I love to listen to music; I love to listen to the oldies and to Christmas music at this time of year.

My Favorite Foodies, Spicie Foodie, Muy Bueno Cookbook

7. When you want to treat yourself or loved ones what do you prepare or splurge on?
Yvette: Kinda funny, it’s usually non-Mexican food – like steak and crab legs.

Veronica: Splurging for me means a great steak and champagne.

Vangie: I love to bake; I love to bake empanadas (turnovers) with pumpkin or sweet potatoes.

8. We obviously know that your grandmother and mother have inspired you. But is there another foodie that inspires you? (Be it a professional, enthusiast or novice)
Yvette: I am amazed with the photography on What Katie Ate — Her photos are stunning and inspire me to want to photograph. I am also a huge fan of Chef Marcela Valladolid. She is a young Latina who has her own cooking show, Mexican Made Easy. She is a huge inspiration.

Veronica: Diane Cu from White on Rice is a foodie whose work I love. Not only is her work breathtaking, but she is a loving and caring human being. One day when I grow up I want to take gorgeous photos, travel the world, and have a garden where I can draw from for new recipes just like her.

Vangie: I really like Paula Dean. She reminds me of what I went through as a single mother raising my own children. I often made food to sell to make ends meet. I admire how far she has come.

My Favorite Foodies, Spicie Foodie, Muy Bueno Cookbook

9. What food is your food vice? You know, one you sneak in a little extra of when no one is looking.
Yvette and Veronica: We both often get cravings for Lays potato chips drenched with limejuice and hot sauce. It requires no cooking which makes it all that more dangerous.

Vangie: Homemade pastries, especially carrot cake or brownies.

10. Your blog was started as a project that would lead to a cookbook publication. Would you like to share the great news with everyone?
We started our blog journey in hopes of gaining an online presence; thankfully we are on that road. We also just signed a book deal with Hippocrene Books and look forward to our cookbook being published October 2012. The Muy Bueno cookbook is our way of preserving our favorite family recipes and most memorable stories.

Anything else you would like to say or share with us, tips or advice for fellow blogger?
Our blog and future cookbook is a true passion. Our advice for fellow bloggers is to write what you are passionate about and everything else will fall into place. Stay true to who you are.

My Favorite Foodies, Spicie Foodie, Muy Bueno Cookbook

Check out these top 5 recipes:
1. Green Enchiladas
2. Biscochos
3. Pumpkin Empanadas (easy recipe is on our site) but the FRESH pumpkin puree recipe will be in our cookbook
4. Brisket Tacos
5. Champurrado

Photography by Jeanine Thurston

in Faves,Interviews

{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

1 claudia @whats cookin italian cuisine December 5, 2011 at 8:41 AM

Amazing photos and great interview… looks like a great cookbook!


2 Spicie Foodie December 5, 2011 at 9:27 AM

Thank you Claudia! The actual cookbook will be out next year :)


3 Lea Ann December 5, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Nice interview! I’m a Denver area blogger and have met Yvette and her mother. Because of my love for authentic Mexican flavors, I was thrilled to find them and their blog. I was an instant fan and yes, the photography is stunning. I look forward to the cookbook and an autographed copy (wink) :)


4 Spicie Foodie December 5, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Hi Lea Ann, Thank you! Glad to hear it and how great for you to have met Yvette and Vangie. We are all really looking forward to their cookbook :)


5 Kiri W. December 5, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Wow, what a great interview. The pictures have me craving! I’ll definitely have to check Muy Bueno out :)


6 Spicie Foodie December 5, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Thanks Kiri and yes go stop by to say hi :)


7 Emily Malloy @Cleanliness December 5, 2011 at 12:55 PM

A wonderful post :)


8 Spicie Foodie December 5, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Thanks Emily!


9 Trix December 5, 2011 at 1:51 PM

So excited to discover this blog through you Nancy!! I am in the early stages of planning a trip to Mexico and am looking for culinary research : ) And how exciting about that cookbook – Hippocrene puts out real quality stuff, and I’m looking forward to checking it out next year.


10 Spicie Foodie December 5, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Thank you Trix! How exciting for your upcoming trip : o! Yes I can’t wait to see their cookbook.


11 Tina@flourtrader December 5, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Very nice interview. Thanks for the intro to Veronica’s delicious blog as well as the cookbook. Nice that you two collaborated together on the posts on each blog. Great reads and delicious food-well done.


12 Spicie Foodie December 5, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Hi Tina, Thank you and glad to hear you enjoyed both :)


13 Nishi December 5, 2011 at 5:34 PM

What a great interview!!! I would’nt have known about muy bueno if it was not for you Nancy!!! Thank you for introducing me to such awesome blog :)


14 Spicie Foodie December 5, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Hi Nishi, My pleasure and go stop by and say hi :)


15 Patty December 5, 2011 at 7:41 PM

Wonderful interview Nancy, I will check out the blog and recipes! The cookbook project sounds great and I will look forward to it;-)


16 Spicie Foodie December 6, 2011 at 9:05 AM

Thank you Patty :) Do stop by and check them out.


17 Leslie @ La Cocina de Leslie December 6, 2011 at 12:21 AM

Awesome interview! Love the ladies from Muy Bueno! Reading their blog, (and this interview) feels like I’m just talking with old friends. :) Can’t wait ’til the Muy Bueno Cookbook comes out. :)


18 Spicie Foodie December 6, 2011 at 9:06 AM

Thank you Leslie :)!


19 Yvette ~ Muy Bueno December 6, 2011 at 12:34 AM


Thank you so much for taking the time to interview us. And thank you for cooking our chicken tortilla soup, taking fantastic photos, and being our guest on our blog. It was wonderful collaborating with you. Latinas unidas!

Have a wonderful and yummy Christmas season.



20 Spicie Foodie December 6, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Hi Yvette, It was my pleasure and so much fun to do both. You too, best holiday wishes to your whole familia :) Abrazos, !


21 Joshua December 6, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Wow what a truly amazing way to come up with a name for their website. I’ve been on their site a handful times but I have quickly become a fan. Great to learn more about their story.

Thanks for sharing Nancy.


22 Spicie Foodie December 6, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Hi Josua, The Muy Bueno story really is a great one. Thanks for stopping by.


23 Laura @ Family Spice December 6, 2011 at 10:56 PM

Gorgeous! Love the family traditions behind the recipes. Everything looks amazing!


24 Spicie Foodie December 7, 2011 at 7:51 AM

Thank you Laura :)!


25 Alyssa December 7, 2011 at 7:18 AM

Wonderful interview! I do love their photos and they seem to really be passionate about food. I’m off now to check out their blog!


26 Spicie Foodie December 7, 2011 at 7:51 AM

Hi Alyssa, That is exactly how I feel. Do go check them out you’ll love the site.


27 Gina December 7, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Already went over there and bookmarked their site, wonderful indeed. I need those empanadas too.


28 Spicie Foodie December 7, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Good to hear it Gina. Yeah they are on my list too.


29 Peggy December 7, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Great interview! Can’t wait for the cookbook =)


30 Spicie Foodie December 7, 2011 at 7:09 PM

Thanks Peggy and me too!


31 Magic of Spice December 10, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Hi ladies, what a wonderful story behind your blog…you have a beautiful site and congratulations on your first cookbook!
Another lovely interview Nancy :)


32 Spicie Foodie December 11, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Hi Alisha, Thank you! Yes their story and blog is wonderful.


33 Heidi Leon Monges December 16, 2011 at 8:21 AM

¡Queé bonito es ver familias unidas por la cocina!. I just recently discovered their blog and delicious recipes. I´m so smitten with them (and their food). I am SO looking forward to get that MUY BUENO cookbook soon. Thank you Miss Spicy for sharing with us their work and promote our cooking. Abrazos.


34 Spicie Foodie December 16, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Hola Heidi, Si verdad que es muy bonito la istoria de su blog. Glad you discovered the lovely ladies and their blog. My pleasure Heidi :) Tambien te mando abrazos!


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