Gaucho García featured on June 11, 2013

I recently contributed an essay to the website, a wonderful online resource for parents seeking to raise their children bilingual.  The essay was published today as part of SpanglishBaby’s week-long tribute to Papás in honor of Father’s Day this Sunday.

SpanglishBaby was started by Ana Flores and Roxana Soto, two Latina mothers who began chronicling their adventures (and misadventures) of raising their own children as bilingual English-and-Spanish speakers in the United States.  Both Ana and Roxana were born in Latin America and upon coming to the U.S. were committed to carrying over the language, customs, and traditions of their homeland to their children.  Their passion for social media and the community of Latina bloggers, led in 2010 to the creation of Latina Bloggers Connect, the first  boutique agency to bring together professional Latina bloggers and brands seeking to reach the growing Hispanic population in the United States.  In 2012, the two co-authored a full-length book on raising bilingual children: Bilingual Is Better: Two Latina Moms on How the Bilingual Parenting Revolution is Changing the Face of America. Both the website and the book are excellent reads and I recommend both to my readers interested in the subject.

I started Gaucho García as a way of sharing my passion for Argentine asado and South American cuisine.  In the process, however, it has turned into cultural exchange project.  I’ve used asados as a way of teaching friends and family Spanish terms for various dishes and ingredients.  I’ve kept my Spanish-speaking abilities sharp by interacting with some readers only in Spanish.  And, most importantly, it has led me to the firm commitment that I would like to raise my daughter bilingual so that she will be able to communicate with her numerous cousins in Buenos Aires and Madrid some day.

I am thankful to SpanglishBaby for the opportunity to share my love of Latin American cooking and speaking Spanish with their own community, and hope that many of its readers will be inspired by some of Gaucho García's own content. ¡Mil gracias!