Jane Butel

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Jane recommends that everyone eat a good fat pinch of chile every day. At least. Why? “You will be amazingly more healthy,” she says, and the chiles will “ward off the ravages of stress-induced diseases.” 

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Jane Butel is credited with starting the Tex-Mex mania when she first published cookbooks about New Mexican and American Mexican food in the 1960s. Her earliest book is called Favorite Mexican Foods and others include Jane Butel’s Southwestern Kitchen, Chili Madness, and Jane Butel’s Tex-Mex Cookbook. With 18 books under her western belt with the silver-and-turquoise buckle, she most recently published Real Women Eat Chiles — a book that describes the healthful aspects of chiles and profiles some of the women who eat them.


Jane, the daughter and granddaughter of home economists, is an internationally recognized authority on the regional cooking of the American Southwest. As well as being a cookbook author, she is also a cooking teacher and television personality. Her  most recent television project, Jane Butel's Southwestern Kitchen, is aired nationally on  KUHT-TV, Houston PBS.


She has consulted with major restaurant chains such as Del Taco, El Torrito and Zona Rosa, as well as with luxury hotels. Jane is in the 25th year of operating her own cooking schools in various locations in New Mexico and Arizona. The cooking school specializes in week-long and weekend full-participation classes on New Mexican and Southwestern cooking. Bon Appetit magazine named it the “Best in the U.S.” as a vacation school.


Jane focuses on teaching favorite regional Mexican dishes at her satellite cooking school located in the award-winning La Hacienda restaurant in the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz.


Jane is listed in Who's Who in American Women, Outstanding Young Women, and Platinum Who's Who and the World Who's Who. She is a member of the New York City chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier and the International Association of Culinary Professionals among other affiliations.


Jane lives in New Mexco. Her website is www.janebutelcooking.com/


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