Credited with starting the Tex-Mex mania, Jane Butel published her first cookbook on New Mexican and American Mexican food in the 1960's. Twenty cookbooks later, her latest cookbook, "Chili Madness” 2nd edition is a revised and greatly expanded version of her best-selling original "Chili Madness" cookbook.
Jane Butel is an internationally recognized authority on the regional cooking of the American Southwest. The daughter and granddaughter of accomplished home economists, Ms. Butel is a cookbook author, teacher and television personality whose most recent television project, "Jane Butel's Southwestern Kitchen", was presented to public television stations nationwide by KUHT-TV, Houston PBS.
Ms. Butel's interest in Southwestern cooking predates its current widespread popularity by decades. She was the first to write about the cooking style that evolved in the Southwestern border area, and is credited with starting our nation's love affair with this cuisine.
Having consulted with such major chains as Del Taco, El Torrito and Zona Rosa, and with Luxury Hotels, she is now in her 29 th year of operating her own Cooking Schools in various locations in New Mexico. Her schools have been recognized far and wide for the quality of instruction. Jane's Cooking School specializes in week long and weekend full-participation classes on New Mexican, Southwestern cooking and Regiional Mexican cooking. She is known for her strength in teaching the techniques of cooking and the history of the dishes. BON APPETIT magazine credits her Cooking School as the "BEST IN THE U.S." VACATION SCHOOL.
At her Satellite Cooking School which operated until 2008, in the award winning La Hacienda restaurant in the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort in Scottsdale, AZ., she specialized in teaching favorite Regional Mexican dishes, simplified. The Schools have received rave reviews from the culinary press including being rated as the Best in the US and one of the 10 best hotel cooking schools in the world by Gayot hotel rating service .
Prior to following her passion for Southwestern cooking, she was a corporate marketing executive for four major corporations, American Express, General Electric, Con Edison and Public Service Company of New Mexico. Through her writing, teaching and television projects, she continues to season this country's melting pot with the rich culinary, cultural and historical heritage of the American Southwest. Ms. Butel is listed in Who's Who in American Women, Outstanding Young Women, 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.