The Empanadas that Abuela Made / Las empanadas que hacía la abuela
Depicts warm, multi-generational family relationships.
by Diane Gonzales Bertrand
Illustrated by Alex Pardo DeLange
Spanish translation by Gabriela Baeza Ventura
Publication Date: 30 Nov 2003
Imprint: Piñata Books
Baking is always a treat, particularly when you throw family and fun into the mix. In this whimsical look at the making of empanadas, popular children’s author Gonzales Bertrand serves up the festive fun of a family’s effort to concoct the delicious pastries. In the tradition of popular rhymes like “The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly,” the laughter and fun rise from page to page.
The Empanadas that Abuela Made/Las empanadas que hacía la abuela is filled with humorous cooks and family: Abuela, Abuelo, the cousins, aunts, uncles, and even the family dog join the parade of fluttering flour and swirling sugar. Alex Pardo de Lange fills the pages with offbeat illustrations of blankets of dough and dancing rolling pins.
With an easy empanada recipe included in the book, this will be a literary delicacy for the whole family and will give many readers their first taste of a celebrated Latino tradition.