Gaby’s Latin American Kitchen: 70 Kid-Tested and Kid-Approved Recipes for Young Chefs

America’s Test Kitchen. Aug. 2022. 208p. Tr $22.99. ISBN 9781954210264.
Gr 3-6–Chef Gaby Melian introduces kids to Latin American cooking in this compendium of mouth-watering recipes. Readers will learn about Melian and Latin America and have quick access to recipes that are organized by meal category (breakfast/desayuno, lunch/almuerzo). A spread of illustrated and labeled kitchen equipment shows the tools that will be needed throughout the book, and recipes are easily identified as beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Cooking tips and information on how to do important tasks in the kitchen, such as chopping, measuring, weighing, peeling, and more are included, complete with close-up color photographs. Each recipe includes a list of ingredients and a list of the utensils and equipment that will be needed, along with detailed instructions. Each recipe’s country of origin is indicated, and interesting facts or an anecdote from the author accompany it. Thoughts on the recipes and process from young readers who have tried them are also featured. Well-organized spreads with clear, bold titles and bright, vivid photographs will engage readers. The author’s cheerful and conversational tone will encourage kids to try their hand at each recipe. Spanish words and phrases can be found throughout and a Spanish glossary is included.
VERDICT An excellent addition to nonfiction collections for youth and a great resource for young chefs who are eager to prepare delicious Latin American meals.

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