Amanda Cargill Food Content Director, Latina Media Ventures, LLC

Amanda Cargill is the Food Content Director at Latina Media Ventures, where she oversees food- and spirits-related features in Latina Magazine and on Latina.com and TheLatinKitchen.com. She has traveled extensively in Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Her work and travel have cultivated her palate and fostered a deep love of food and the stories it tells. Amanda received her BA in Sociology from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Cozy Up to These Cold Weather Cocktails & Holiday Drink Recipes!
Cozy Up to These Cold Weather Cocktails & Holiday Drink Recipes!

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful… (This song really should have an alternate verse for our friends who celebrate Christmas in Miami and LA, where sunscreen is a perfectly appropriate stocking stuffer.)


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Latin Holiday Recipes for the 12 Days of Christmas!
Latin Holiday Recipes for the 12 Days of Christmas

Cooking is always a joy, but it's especially wonderful at Christmastime, when friends and family are near, jingle bells ring, grown-ups giggle as much as their kids, and the food - pernil, tamales, and flan…oh my! - tastes even sweeter, richer, and more lovingly prepared than it does at any other time of the year.


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The Best Croqueta Recipes Ever!
The Best Croqueta Recipes Ever

Croquetas are ubiquitous in Latin homes. Served at parties and gobbled up at neighborhood bakeries with a piping hot cafecito, they’re a fluffy, fried wonder among comfort foods. Though typically stuffed with ham, croqueta recipes can also call for lobster, tuna, cheese, and/or vegetarian fillings.

Here, we present five fantastic croqueta recipes that range in flavor and texture from sweet to savory, crunchy to creamy. Enjoy!


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Spanish Paella Recipes by Your Fave Latin Chefs: Traditional, Vegetarian & More!
Spanish Paella Recipes by Your Fave Latin Chefs: Traditional, Vegetarian & More!

Created in Valencia on the east coast of Spain, paella is today one of the country’s most popular exports. Traditionally made of toasted short grain rice with a combination of chicken, mussels, shrimp, peppers, saffron, and garlic, modern cooks and celebrity chefs have taken the classic dish to new heights, offering up paella recipes that are exclusively vegetarian, seafood, and more.

Here, a collection of paella recipes from some of our favorite Latin chefs


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10 Latin Breakfasts Your Holiday Guests Will Thank You For!
10 Latin Breakfasts Your Holiday Guests Will Thank You For!

Everybody knows breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Unfortunately, what we know and what we do with what we know are two different things, and breakfast is often skipped in favor of a little more sleep or a few extra minutes in the shower.

May we suggest, however, that you make breakfast a priority? We promise, you'll feel better all day if you do. To help, we've gathered a few choice breakfast recipes to inspire you. All you have to do is pull back the covers, get yourself to the kitchen, and cook!


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Fall Comfort Foods to Soothe Your Soul & Lift Your Spirits
Fall Comfort Foods to Soothe Your Soul & Lift Your Spirits

They don’t call them comfort foods for nothing! You know what the ones we mean: the tamales, sancochos, sopas, and estofados we crave when nothing else can make us feel better. Whether suffering from a cold, a broken heart, or a case of the winter blues, these recipes for classic Latin comfort foods are guaranteed to put your world right again. ¡Salud!


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Make Holiday Travel Tolerable with Packable Latin Snacks!
Make Holiday Travel Tolerable with Packable Latin Snacks!

Ah, the holidays! That time of year when we schlep across town, county, state, country, and/or ocean to see remote family and friends and feast on beloved comfort foods prepared by the women that raised us. The time together is joyful. The time getting there? Not so much.


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Creative Cranberry Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Table
Creative Cranberry Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Table

Tired of cranberry jellies and gelatinous sauces? This year, dress up your Thanksgiving dinner with homemade cranberry dishes that are guaranteed to delight your friends and family. From appetizers to desserts to cocktails, the fresh, tart cranberry recipes here are as delicious as they are beautiful. Happy Thanksgiving!

Get the recipes on TLK >>


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Perfect Potluck Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Dinner!
Perfect Potluck Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Dinner!

Who doesn't love a potluck party? Good food, good drink, merry friends and family. But along with the delicious decadence of knowing you'll get to try not two or three delectable dishes but ten or twenty, comes the dread that accompanies the invitation (ie “What am I going to make for the potluck?”).


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Buttery Breads Without Gluten? Yes!
Buttery Breads Without Gluten? Yes!

Keeping a gluten-free diet doesn't require that you live a life deprived of your favorite foods. These days, most supermarkets stock a robust selection of gluten-free products, from breads to packaged frozen foods to desserts. And where your supermarket doesn't have what you crave, you can simply make it yourself.

Here, a collection of delicious gluten-free cracker and bread recipes to satisfy your longing for flaky, buttery, savory, and sweet. Enjoy! 


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