Empanadas for Everyone

Empanadas for Everyone
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August 01, 2023
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In the vein of Thank You, Omu! and Bilal Cooks Daal comes a lyrical and nourishing tale about the importance of food to a community—and value of community to the experience of cooking—as told through the eyes of a young girl helping her tía.

Every Saturday, Carina visits Tía Mimi in her barrio, which is always humming with life. There is música that hums from the windows, old cuentos floating on the breeze, and the honking of cars that creates the soundtrack of the morning. Every Saturday, she loves to make empanadas with her aunt, singing: “I like empanadas! I like you! ¡Me gustan las empanadas! ¡Me gustas tú!”

Not this Saturday though. This Saturday, Tía Mimi has gone to volunteer at the neighborhood food center and asks Carina to collect the ingredients all on her own. But maybe, with a little guidance from friends, Carina will be able to help Tía Mimi—and learn a little about what connects a community along the way.

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Strength of Community
(Updated: November 03, 2023)
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This story shows the strength of a community in a large city to help each other. Carina is used to making Empanadas with her Tía Mimi but one day she is busy and Carina gathers up the ingredients herself. She goes to the familiar shops and learns that the ingredients she uses are the same as in their culture so it is the same but different, just like the people in the barrio. The text is complex with words from other languages mixed in for authenticity and exposure to the language. The color palette used has rich warm tones and the illustrations are soft and inviting. This book celebrates the diversity and community that can be found in big cities in America and has a vibe like Sesame Street. It will also make you hungry!
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