The Familia Kitchen Mission

To honor and celebrate abuela cooking, we’re building a national collection of our Latino community's favorite, traditional family recipes. Join us!

¡Hola! Meet Our Team

Familia Kitchen was founded in Chicago by Latinas hungry for home.

kim caviness bio

Kim Caviness grew up in Santurce, Puerto Rico to a Puerto Rican mom and American dad, and loves cooking for family and friends. Kim’s favorites: arroz con pollo, maduros, garlicky tostones, her mom’s flan, her sister’s coquito, and her cousin Anjie’s pozole verde, avocado serrano salsa and homemade tortillas. She learned to cook from her mom and “El Libro,” Cocina Criolla, the Boricua cooking bible. Kim brings 20+ years content experience, including as chief content officer of three U.S. content marketing agencies, working for Condé Nast Traveler and WebMD: Familia Kitchen Co-Founder, CEO & Editor in Chief.

lisa hunt stevens

Lisa Hunt Stevens grew up in San Diego and is a world traveler who has been to more than 18 Central and South American countries and Caribbean islands. She knows her way around a taco de pollo asado (please pile hers high with queso, guac and cilantro), green enchiladas and chilaquiles. Lisa brings 20+ years in advertising, sales and partnerships including Kraft Heinz My Food and Family, O, The Oprah MagazineFood Network Magazine, and Bon Appétit to her role: Familia Kitchen Co-Founder, Chief Growth Officer & Publisher.

Angela Pagan

Angela L. Pagán, a Chicago native with Mexican and Puerto Rican roots, has siempre loved food. Though she considers herself a better baker than a cocinera, she loves a good cooking-competition show. A third generation Latinx-American, Angela is happy to stay connected to her cultura by digging into fascinating anthro-comida topics like Why Do We Feast With Tamales and Atole Every Feb. 2—on Candelaria? In addition to being a staff writer for TheTakeout.com, Angela is Familia Kitchen Director of Social Strategy.

Isabelle Banin

Isabelle Banin is a journalism student who enjoys reporting about comida latina for Familia Kitchen. A native New Yorker, Isabelle knows her way around great food and loves to write about what she eats and cooks. Fun fact: She is a Division 1 fencer at Northwestern University. Isabelle’s favorite recipes include arroz con pollo, any kind of flan, empanadas (especially with beef), and tamales. She also loves all the variations of salsas and pico de gallo sent in by Familia Kitchen home cooks, especially if they are spicy. Isabelle is Familia Kitchen Editorial Assistant.

Ana González Quaid was born in Texas and grew up in Chicago with two sisters and one brother. Her parents are both from San Luis Potosí, Mexico. Her mom, Gregoria—“Gollita”—is a family-famous cook. Ana’s favorite dishes: Her mom’s tacos de huevo, caldo de pollo and porkchops with tomatos and carameliezd onions. Ana is Familia Kitchen’s Mexican cuisine adviser.

Nuestra Misión

We realized there was a need to create an authentic treasury of the Latino community’s favorite family recipes and abuela cooking—grandmother cooking. It’s how families really cook for ourselves and the people we love when we’re at home.

Nothing fancy or fussy. No extra ingredients. Just honest and súper-delicioso cooking as it really happens in our kitchens. Beginning with recipes from our good-cook moms who got recipes from their good-cook moms—our abuelas.

We are a food and familia community for everyone who wants to cook your way home on weekends, every so often, every day—or maybe you just like to read recipes. We’ll showcase your favorite family dishes, stories, techniques, tips, photos and how-to videos of cocina y comida traditions.

We’re also for everyone, no matter where your family came from, who loves Latino food.

Let’s cook our way home—together.

The 20 Latino Places We Cook Our Way Home to

Familial Kitchen map of Latino food
As seen in our Familia Kitchen Cookbook, here is our Familia Kitchen map of the 20 places we cook our way home to—plus a look at the origin of Latino food’s mix of defining ingredients.

Familia Kitchen’s Recipe Contests

Each month we’ll post a contest for one traditional dish. Everyone with Latino roots in the United States and a go-to family recipe is invited to enter.

Contest details: Once you submit your family’s recipe and family food story for a contest, Familia Kitchen’s editors will go through all the entries and hand-select the most intriguing top 3.

What does intriguing mean? Good question. It’s a combo of:
most delicioso
most traditional and authentic
most essential list of ingredients and techniques
most interesting
most cookable—it demands to be made!

FK editors will then cook and photograph the top trio of recipes and post them as that month’s contest Familia Kitchen Contest 3 Finalists.

This Is Where You Come In

Everyone in the Familia Kitchen community is invited and welcome to vote for your favorite recipe in each contest. The recipe that receives the most user votes becomes that month’s Familia Kitchen contest winner.

We’ll hold recipe contests 12 times a year—one per month, supplemented with articles and/or videos about each dish’s history, lore, techniques and/or ingredients. We celebrate the first 12 winning recipes with profiles and family-food stories of the cooks who submitted them in our Familia Kitchen Cookbook, plus other content platforms.

The Familia Kitchen Cooking Our Way Home Grand Prize

At the end of each calendar year, the 4 recipe contest finalists who receive the most votes will be entered to win that year’s The Familia Kitchen Cooking Our Way Home Grand Prize. You and everyone in our Familia Kitchen community will be invited to vote for the year’s número 1 contest recipe. The winner is awarded 1 prize trip for 2 people to their Latino homeland. The Grand Prize includes: 2 plane tickets + 2 nights’ hotel + 1 amazing meal at a great local restaurant while there.

Abuela Approved

Every recipe and food story shared by our community of cooks and published here at Familia Kitchen celebrates our deep respect for abuela cooking. These are the loved Latino dishes passed down generación to generación, simplified and perfected over time to become favorites and core to their familia fabric.

Familia Kitchen is advised by our Council of Abuelas on Latino culinary traditions and best practices. Our abuelas review recetas and advise us as we cook and write about each of our 20 Latino destinations, making sure that we only share platos, preparations and ingredients that are authentic, trusted and delicioso.

abuela approved Familia Kitchen

Investing in Our Communidad

Familia Kitchen believes in the power and connection of our communidad. Somos más fuertes juntos. Each year, 5% of annual Familia Kitchen profits will go to local programs helping feed the 9 million hungry Latino children, adults and seniors—more than 1 in 6 in the U.S.

¿Listos? Join Us at Familia Kitchen

Están invitados to join the Familia Kitchen community in our ambitious and exciting mission: to collect, curate and celebrate our traditional culinary heritage by creating the most complete and authentic online treasury of U.S. Latino family recipes and food stories.

Here’s how:
Help us collect your favorite family recipes and food stories.
• Sign up for our Familia Kitchen Newsletter.
Email us with ideas for a recipe contest starring your Latino homeland’s signature dishes.

Let’s inspire the next generation to learn how to cook our favorite time-honored Latino recipes—and pass them on to their grandchildren.

Together, we’ll honor and preserve nuestra cocina Latina and abuela-cooking traditions. Gracias for su apoyo, comunidad Familia Kitchen!

See you in the kitchen.

Contact Us

To suggest a Latino dish, recipe category, article idea, or just say hi:
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For inquiries about Familia Kitchen’s curated kitchen and table products in La Tienda or to submit your product for consideration:
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Familia Kitchen Team

Kim Caviness, Co-Founder, CEO
and Editor in Chief
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Lisa Hunt Stevens, Co-Founder,
Chief Growth Officer & President, Familia Kitchen Publishing
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Angela Pagán, Director of Social Strategy
angela@familiakitchen.com

Isabelle Banin, Assistant Editor
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Familia Kitchen Cabinet
Argentina — Melina Adduci
Colombia — Janeth Palacio Barrera
Cuba — Ana Osadzinski (Colet)
Dominican Republic — Belqui Ortiz Millili
Guatemala — Leny González, Luis Yanes
Mexico — Anjie Villalobos
Panama — Lisa Kear
Perú — Cecilia Oblitas Reinhofer
Puerto Rico — Felipa Saez, Michelle Ezratty Murphy
Vegetarian/Vegan — Veronica Giolli, Naihomy Jerez
Venezuela — Liliana Hernández

Photos: Michelle Ezratty Murphy, Kim Caviness
Annie Spratt (Homepage), Calum Lewis (La Tienda), Krisztian Tabori (About)

Familia Kitchen Go-to Crew
Heidi Anderson Hupe, Becca Loveridge Cooper, Missy Kelly, Anne Martino, Melissa Miller, Ronnie Rodriguez, Kathleen Squires

Un fuerte abrazo to all the abuelas and abuelos who cook and keep alive our authentic family recipes and food stories for the generaciones of today and tomorrow.

Puerto Rico history food
Ingredients for abuela cooking our way home—one family receta at a time.

Familia Kitchen Media Mentions & Collaborations

Austin Studio 512 TV Kim Lisa
We loved talking to Rosie Newberry of Austin’s Studio 512 about our cookbook launch and favorite Tex-Mex and Mexican dishes—including this mezcal margarita with jalapeño!
KTLA Familia Kitchen
Thank you to Los Angeles’ KTLA Latino food-loving Sunday morning anchors Pedro and Megan for inviting Familia Kitchen on for a 6-minute segment this National Hispanic Month. Your show was the perfect place to announce the launch of Familia Kitchen Cookbook.
KTLA table National Hispanic Month
We talked to KTLA about how to make abuela-approved Mexican salsa and pozole, Colombian patacones with hogao, Puerto Rican arroz con pollo, Cuban pastelillos de guayaba, and flan (of course!). All these recipes are in Familia Kitchen Cookbook, publishing Sept. 30.
ABC 7 Stacy Baca Lent meatless
ABC 7 Chicago’s Stacy Baca invited Familia Kitchen on to share meatless meal ideas for Lent—and anytime of year, with family-famous recipes from our community!
Bad Bunny loves coconut in his dessert—like our tres leches cake, reports Mashed.
Familia Kitchen WGN Grand Prize contest
WGN‘s Christine Flores and Chip Brewster ask Lisa and Kim about Familia Kitchen’s first annual Grand Prize and our four finalists. Voting is open through January 28, 2022!
Familia Kitchen Be Latina
We talked to BeLatina.com about the power of #abuelacooking and honoring our Latino comida heritage one family-famous recipe at a time.
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Huff Post Familia Kitchen
HuffPost asked Familia Kitchen about cultural appropriation vs. cultural appreciation in this think piece about Tik Tok influencers who “discover” Latino foods.
The Takeout Familia Kitchen arepas
The Takeout cited Familia Kitchen’s arepas as an essential recipe made with five staple ingredients. We love arepas, too. May we also suggest empanadas?
Latinos Out Loud Familia Kitchen
The Latinos Out Loud podcast crew invited us to talk comida latina history and how to ask abuelas about secret family recipes. Check it out however you listen to podcasts!
Familia Kitchen WGN News Now 2021
WATCH Lisa and Kim on WGN’s News Now with Christine Flores and Chip Brewster!
WGN TV
WATCH Lisa and Kim celebrate all things abuela cooking with Adelante Chicago’s Lourdes Duarte.
ABC 7 Chicago
Cosign Familia Kitchen interview
Familia Kitchen’s Angela and Kim loved talking to Cosign’s unstoppable K.G., center, about keeping it real, building community, his Panamanian roots, and forever love for his mom’s arroz con pollo.
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Familia Kitchen co-founders Kim and Lisa talking to WGN-TV’s Adelante, Chicago