Written by Jorge Argueta
Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh
Publication Date February 22, 2015
In this new cooking poem, Jorge Argueta brings us a fun and easy recipe for a yummy salsa. A young boy and his sister gather the ingredients and grind them up in a molcajete, just like their ancestors used to do, singing and dancing all the while.
The children imagine that their ingredients are different parts of an orchestra — the tomatoes are bongos and kettledrums, the onion, a maraca, the cloves of garlic, trumpets and the cilantro, the conductor. They chop and then grind these ingredients in the molcajete, along with red chili peppers for the “hotness” that is so delicious, finally adding a squeeze of lime and a sprinkle of salt. When they are finished, their mother warms tortillas and their father lays out plates, as the whole family, including the cat and dog, dance salsa in mouth-watering anticipation.
Winner of the International Latino Book Award for Guacamole, Jorge Argueta has once again written a recipe-poem that families will delight in.
Each book in the cooking poem series features a talented illustrator from the Latino world. In Salsa the text is complemented by the rich, earthy illustrations of Duncan Tonatiuh, winner of the Pura Belpré Award. His interest in honoring the art of the past in contemporary contexts is evident in these wonderful illustrations, which evoke the pre-Columbian Mixtec codex.
Selected for the A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year 2016
Jorge Argueta is an award-winning author of picture books and poetry for young children. He has won the International Latino Book Award, the Américas Book Award, the NAPPA Gold Award and the Independent Publisher Book Award for Multicultural Fiction for Juveniles. His books have also been named to the Américas Award Commended List, the USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor List, Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books and the Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices. A native Salvadoran and Pipil Nahua Indian, Jorge spent much of his life in rural El Salvador.
Duncan Tonatiuh is an author and illustrator of several highly acclaimed books for young readers, including Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin, Diego Rivera: His World and Ours and Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale. His most recent book is Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation.
He has won the Pura Belpré Illustration Award (and three honorable mentions), the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award (twice), and his books are among the Américas Award Commended Titles and Notable Books for a Global Society. He lives in San Miguel Allende, Mexico.
"A completely satisfying offering. A delectable work of art perfect for food-themed, bilingual, and Día storytimes." School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
"Music, dancing and food unite in this giddy bilingual whirl." Kirkus Reviews
"Illustrations unite past and present, offering vivid depictions of contemporary life in the style of the ancient Mixtec codex." Booklist
"In earthly tones of browns, greens, and reds, the energy surges through every page, inspiring your own chefs-to-be toward savory delights. Of course, you’ll want to join in!" BookDragon
"[The] important message of love and family gathering to create something special shines through." Horn Book