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 love of food and the stories it tells. She is also a former professional dancer who writes arts and entertainment reviews for domestic and international publications. Amanda received her BA in Sociology from UCLA.
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7 Great Gazpachos for Hot Summer Nights
7 Great Gazpachos for Hot Summer Nights

Summer has officially arrived, and it’s brought with it a steady haze of heat and humidity. No one wants to be in a hot kitchen now, which is why we’ve rounded up our favorite gazpacho recipes. A cold tomato-based soup typically made of raw, pureed vegetables, it’s a fabulous foodie antidote to the scorching summer sun.

Check out these seven delicious gazpachos and mix one up tonight! 


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Celebrate Venezuela! 14 Delish National Dishes to Eat on Independence Day
Celebrate Venezuela! 14 Delish National Dishes to Eat on Independence Day

If you don’t do enough grilling, sipping and celebrating on July 4th, you’ll get another chance on July 5th. That’s Venezuelan Independence Day, and what better way to celebrate more than 200 years of history than by cooking up and sharing traditional Venezuelan dishes?

From classic pasapalos to roast pernil to golfeados, here are 14 recipes to help celebrate the delicious Venezuela we know and love. 


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4 Latin Burger Recipes To Spice Up Your July 4th Barbecue
4 Latin Burger Recipes To Spice Up Your July 4th Barbecue

Bored by the same old burger recipes you know and … well, sort of like but wouldn’t mind replacing with something better? We feel you, which is why we asked David Guas, the Cuban Chef and author of Grill Nation, for a few of his favorite Latin burger recipes.

Here they are – just in time for Fourth of July – in all of their mouthwatering glory!


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Hot Dog! 6 Perros Calientes You Should Grill Up This 4th of July
Hot Dog! 6 Perros Calientes You Should Grill Up This 4th of July

No Fourth of July barbecue or cookout is complete without the ultimate in summer fare: the hot dog. Though considered an American classic, the humble hot dog is a staple in Latin countries, too.

Here are some of our favorite perros calientes, from Chilean completos to Colombian dogs and more. What's your favorite? 

Get the recipes at The Latin Kitchen >>


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6 Grilling Hacks to Improve Your Grill Skillz (and Save You Time and Money)
6 Grilling Hacks to Improve Your Grill Skillz (and Save You Time and Money)

Summer is officially here! If you made it through winter's cold, you can celebrate with delicious grilled steaks and tasty burgers cooked up on your patio grill.

Here, the best grilling hacks to save you time and money. You’re welcome!

Get the grilling tips and ideas at The Latin Kitchen >>


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5 Latin American Cocktails You've Never Heard Of (But Should Make Tonight)
5 Latin American Cocktails You've Never Heard Of (But Should Make Tonight)

Summer's in full swing, which means sun, sea, and sexy sips. It's for these reasons that the June/July issue of Latina magazine featured colorful cocktail recipes from throughout Latin America.

Mix one up for you and your guests at your next barbecue/pool party/picnic. Salud, dinero, y amor!

Get the recipes at The Latin Kitchen >>


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Watch: How to Create a Perfect Cheese Board for Your Summer Party
Watch: How to Create a Perfect Cheese Board for Your Summer Party

We're coming to the close of National Dairy Month, and though we love a glass of milk as much as the next gal, we're celebrating with an ode to everyone's true dairy fave: cheese, glorious cheese!

From cheddar to parmesan, emmentaler to valdeon, we can't get enough queso. But with so many to choose from, how do you create the best cheese pairings? Here, Evette Rios, lifestyle expert and host of CBS' Recipe Rehab, shows you how. Watch and learn, people. Watch and learn.   


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7 Best Father's Day Gift Ideas in the History of Father's Day Gifts
7 Best Father's Day Gift Ideas in the History of Father's Day Gifts

Another year, another Dad's Day gift debacle. What do you get for the awesomest guy you know? (Who is also, coincidentally, the hardest person on earth to shop for.)

Good news: If he likes food, drinks, grilling, travel or any combination of these, we've got the answer. Click through for the best Father's Day gift ideas in the history of Father's Day gifts.  


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Park It: 8 Easy Recipes for Dining Outdoors on International Picnic Day
Park It: 8 Easy Recipes for Dining Outdoors on International Picnic Day

Three cheers for summer! Three more cheers for summer picnics! Today is International Picnic Day, so pack up your blanket, put on your shades, and head out to the beach, park, or backyard pool for some dining al fresco.

To make it easier, whip up one or all of these perfect picnic recipes. From refreshing aguas frescas to veggie faves to fresh, easy salads to sweet desserts, we've got you covered!


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5 Gin Cocktails You Should Be Drinking This Summer
Celebrate World Gin Day with Jose Andres' G&T Recipe

Whether you take it with tonic, like it dirty and up, or prefer it potent in the misnomered Long Island Iced Tea, gin's serving options are limitless.

In honor of World Gin Day - yep, another food and drink holiday - we're posting a chef-created Gin and Tonic recipe that you can drink at both a dignified dinner party and a "let's get crunk" frat-house fiesta. You're welcome!


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