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November 3rd, 2011 at 5:01 am

Teach Your Kids About Culture Through Food – Part 1

I love food. I really do. Unfortunately, I’m not a great cook, which is a pity because Peruvian food is absolutely great. In fact, Frommer’s just chose my birth city, Lima, as a 2012 top food and drink destination.

A lot of people can’t believe it when I tell them I don’t really know how to cook because that means I don’t fit the stereotype of a Latina, but none of the women in my family cook and so I couldn’t learn it from them. In my house, my dad cooked and he was amazing at it. Luckily, I did learn how to make a few Peruvian dishes from him. But ever since we started SpanglishBaby, I’ve been on a quest to learn about food, particularly that from Latin America.

Food is really a great way to teach children about culture. If your kids are anything like mine, they love to help out in the kitchen. While cooking, you can talk about the tradition behind the meal you’re making or maybe even tell stories of your favorite dishes from your childhood.

One of the best things about blogs is that there’s so much information available out there. In the last few years, I’ve seen an explosion in the number of food or cooking blogs with a Latino theme and so I figured it’d be a good idea to share some of them with you because it’s just not right to keep them all to myself. Enjoy:

 The Other Side of the Tortilla – Created by my good friend Maura, who is an excellent writer and photographer, every time I read her blog, I get real hungry! Although Maura is not Mexican, you wouldn’t be able to tell from her very authentic recipes and the passion with which she writes about Mexican food. One of the things I love the most about her blog is the stories she tells to go along with her recipes.

Muy Bueno – This blog is the mastermind of two sisters and a mom. I’ve had the privilege of meeting one of the sisters and the mom and they are amazing. Not only at what they cook, but their passion for Mexican food. Oh, the photos are also The best part? They recently announced their cookbook is coming out in Fall 2012. Can’t wait!

My Big Fat Cuban Family – If there’s one thing I miss about Miami is the great Cuban food found pretty much anywhere. (In Denver, we barely have on Cuban restaurant!) Marta’s blog doesn’t only include awesome recipes for Cuban (and other) dishes, but also a lot of great stories. Marta is funny and has a beautiful (Cuban) family!

Peru Delights – This blog hasn’t been around for that long, but as soon as I found out about its existence, it became an instant favorite. It is also done by a mother and daughter team and reading their recipes takes me back to my childhood. Definitely worth checking out!

I still have a few more, but I’ll have to leave those for the second part. In the meantime, what’s your favorite food blog?

Photo credit: mitikusa

Roxana A. Soto is the Editorial Director of SpanglishBaby and she also writes for Moms Clean Air ForcePulso VerdeNew Futuro and Fox News Latino

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