May your life be deliciosa

by Genhart, Michael,

Format: Print Book 2021
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A delicious and fortifying picture book inspired by the author's family, featuring the Mexican tradition of holiday tamale-making

"What is the recipe?" I ask. Abuela laughs. "It is in my heart, Rosie. I use mis ojos, my eyes, to measure. Mis manos, my hands, to feel. Mi boca, my mouth, to taste. My abuela gave it to me, and I am giving it to you." Each year on Christmas Eve, Rosie's abuela, mamá, tía, sister, and cousins all gather together in Abuela's kitchen to make tamales--cleaning corn husks, chopping onions and garlic, roasting chilis, kneading cornmeal dough, seasoning the filling, and folding it all--and tell stories. Rosie learns from her abuela not only how to make a delicious tamale, but how to make a delicious life, one filled with love, plenty of spice, and family.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Drawing upon their own Latinx family experiences, Genhart and Lora cook up a beautiful story of food and cultural identity, rooted in family recipes, storytelling, and togetherness. The book begins as a family arrives at Abuela Pina's house for their Christmas Eve tradition of making tamales together. The large, happy group gathers in the kitchen, with everyone at a prep station, chopping garlic and onions, cleaning corn husks, roasting chilies, making corn masa (dough), and cooking the seasoned meat filling. When it's time to build the tamales, Abuela explains each step while also sharing its symbolism. Thus, the softened corn husk carries a reminder to be flexible, the masa, to "stand tall and proud," and so on. Each piece of advice evokes a memory in Abuela that is rendered primarily in grays, distinctly contrasting with the vivid colors used throughout the rest of the book. In both cases, Lora's collage-style illustrations are exceptional and incorporate bold patterns and details of Mexican decor, such as potted cacti, a molcajete (mortar and pestle), and a family altar. The text seamlessly incorporates Spanish words and their meanings into the story, further peppering it with authentic flavor. Concluding notes and photos from the author and illustrator explain the inspiration for the book. A lovely tribute to family, food, and tradition."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Tamales -- Juvenile fiction.
Cooking -- Juvenile fiction.
Grandmothers -- Juvenile fiction.
Families -- Juvenile fiction.
Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction.
Hispanic American families -- Juvenile fiction.
Spanish language -- Vocabulary -- Juvenile fiction.
Tamales -- Fiction.
Cooking -- Fiction.
Grandmothers -- Fiction.
Families -- Fiction.
Conduct of life -- Fiction.
Spanish language -- Vocabulary -- Fiction.
Publisher Petaluma, California :2021
Contributors Lora, Loris, illustrator.
Audience Ages 5-7, Grades K-1.
Language English
In English with some text in Spanish.
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 30 cm
ISBN 9781951836221
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