Terry Padilla

Terry Marie Sengelmann Villareal Padilla was born and raised in Managua, Nicaragua.  She was born to a German-Nicaraguan father and a Mexican-Irish-American mother.  Terry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in advertising with a minor in business administration from the University of Florida.  She worked for twenty years in the pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device sales industries.  She lives in Miami with her husband and two sons.  Terry is a breast cancer survivor and has ADHD.


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Latin American Foods

Latin American Foods takes us on the journey of the Garcia family when they must leave their homeland of Puerto Rico after the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.  Relocating to Orlando to live with family, they take comfort in the culinary experiences of their native Latin culture. Latin American Foods reveals the richness of their bilingual, bicultural experiences as they adjust to their new life in America.




  • Irene S. Roth | 03/22/2018

    A wonderful picture book for kids about Latin foods


    This is a wonderful picture book for kids about Latin foods and how people celebrate with foods even in the most difficult circumstances.


    It’s been long known that food brings people together and it helps them to overcome obstacles. This picture book alludes to the devastation that Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused in Puerto Rico. The two Hurricanes were one week apart, and they caused so much devastation that the Garcia family had to leave their homeland.


    When the Garcia relocated to Orlando, Florida, they found new solace cooking native Latin foods. The foods sound delicious. They are simple recipes that kids may urge their parents to cook. Cooking helped the Garcia family to cope with the relocation by celebrating their Latin roots.


    The illustrations also bring the Latin foods to light for the young reader. They are colorful and look delicious. Kids of all ages will be inspired to try some of the recipes.


    I love any book about food, and this one didn’t disappoint. Latin food is something that I will be trying to cook more of.


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