Celebrity Chef Gaby Melian brings you into her kitchen to teach the best recipes she’s learned from all over Latin America. From desayuno (breakfast) to cena (dinner), merienda (snacks) to postre (dessert), your young chef will be a pro in no time.
¡En sus marcas, listos… fuera! Ready, set, cook!
Have you ever tried empanadas? Made cheesy arepas for your family? Or shared homemade, sprinkle-covered chocolate brigadeiros with your friends? Travel the world of Latin America with 70 recipes developed and written by Gaby Melian—all kid-tested and kid-approved by America’s Test Kitchen Kids' panel of over 15,000 at-home kid recipe testers. A Spanish glossary, fun personal stories, and a peek into Gaby's own kitchen make this book a delicious win for all young chefs and their families! Kids can cook from breakfast to dessert with recipes such as:
Arepas con Queso: These Colombian-style round corn cakes are cooked on the stovetop, then stuffed with gouda cheese that melts and gets gooey after a few minutes in the oven.
Ensalada de Frutas: This fruit salad is the solution to hot summer days. Add orange juice, water, and ice to the fruit, stir gently to combine, and serve with plenty of juice spooned on top of each serving—the juicier the better!
Panqueques con Dulce de Leche: A distant cousin to French crepes, these panqueques are just as delicious, and a bit more forgiving—make them as thick or as thin as you like, with a lot of browning. After cooking, they're filled with luscious, sweet dulce de leche.
Empanadas de Pollo: Empanadas are a delicious labor of love. To make them simpler to prepare, this version uses store-bought hojaldradas-style empanada dough rounds and rotisserie chicken.
About the Author
Gaby Melian is a professional chef with almost twenty years of industry experience and a lifetime of personal knowledge about food and all its many wonderful flavors. She shares her deep love of food and vast kitchen know-how across multiple food media outlets. Her life in food has led her to many roles, including street vendor, culinary instructor, official Food Revolution ambassador, Bon Appétit test kitchen manager, cooking video host—and who knows what’s next! Gaby completed her culinary training at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City with degrees in Culinary Management, Culinary Arts, and Pastry Arts. Find her on Instagram @gabymelian.
Editor: America’s Test Kitchen has been teaching home cooks how to be successful in the kitchen for 25 years. The mission of America’s Test Kitchen Kids is to build a new generation of empowered cooks, engaged eaters, and curious experimenters. ATK Kids’ kid-tested, kid-approved recipes and hands-on STEAM activities inspire families to spend quality time together in the kitchen, and a lifetime of cooking. Learn more at www.americastestkitchen.com/kids.
"Celebrity chef Gaby Melian invites kids to join her in cooking their way across Latin America in this new cookbook with 70 recipes. Melian has an inviting, fun style that kids will appreciate and Gaby’s Latin American Kitchen is a great way to introduce kids ages 8 to 12 to the dishes of other countries and get them excited about expanding their interest in different foods. This is perfect for budding young chefs or for those who’ve already shown an interest in cooking." (August 9) —Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor