Thursday, April 15, 2021

Guacamole: A Cooking Poem


Guacamole: Un poema para cocinar, A Cooking Poem

by Jorge Argueta
illustrated by Margarita Sada

Groundwood Books (Libros Tigrillo) never fails to deliver beautiful stories filled with culture and warmth. Written by the poet Jorge Argueta, Guacamole: Un poema para cocinar, A Cooking Poem (aff link) is more than just a simple recipe centered around the traditional Latin dish. Instead, it is a glimpse into the world of a child who creates something special for her family using her imagination and joyful spirit.

Told in the first person, our narrator is a young girl for whom aguacates resemble green precious stones,  limes are like big crystal marbles, and their seeds like little pearls. This delightful book comes with full text in both English and Spanish. 

Young chefs will thoroughly enjoy this book. Immediately after reading the book, my daughter made out our grocery list to include cilantro and aguacates. I love books that call children to action and appreciate how Guacamole inspires children to get in the kitchen and put together a simple dish that everyone will enjoy.

The illustrations are so creative and engaging for young readers. I like how Sada has given the reader images that reflect the imagination of the young girl in the tale.

Here's a sample passage from the book...

Ahora le agregas sal, no mucha.
Cántale a la sal
cuando la agites,
para que como pringuitas
de llovizna blanca
caiga sobre el aguacate verde.

Sal salita de mi salero
échale la sal primero.

Now add salt, not too much.
Sing to the salt
as you shake it
so that little spatters
of white drizzle
fall like rain on the green avocado.

Salt, salty salt from my saltshaker,
salt goes in first.

If you loved Argueta's book, Arroz con leche/Rice Pudding: Un poema para cocinar/A Cooking Poem (aff), you'll love this next book in the series!

Parents and teachers can use this book to make guacamole with their children and then talk about the concepts of family, imagination, similes, poetry, and cooking.

If you would like to buy your own copy of Guacamole: Un poema para cocinar, A Cooking Poem, here's my affiliate link to it on Amazon:


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