Remei is a 75-year-old cook who is an expert in making the one and only paella: la paella valenciana. Paella is a culinary icon for Valencians and for all of Spain. Remei is proud and champions her tradition at the top of her lungs. Because, if you are going to cook paella, you need to do it right! Indeed, Remei has good intentions, but she always ends up sticking her nose where it’s not wanted.
Now retired, with a phone and plenty of time on her hands, Remei discovers that many influencers are destroying the culinary tradition of paella. They are cooking trendy ‘paella’: sushi ‘paella’; ‘paella’ pizza; ‘paella’ sandwiches; ‘paella’ with ingredients that do not make sense like chorizo, avocado, eggs, fruit, ketchup; even ‘paella’ in a can! Remei is outraged. These influencers are making ‘arroz con cosas’ – Rice with things. ‘How awful! This can’t be allowed!’
So with no internet experience, no followers, and no influence beyond her son, her restaurant, and her town, Remei decides to become an Instagram influencer. She wants to share the authentic paella with the world. At her age? Really?
¡Arroz con cosas! is a hilarious story about food, Spanish tradition and culture written with accessible vocabulary for teenagers, young adults and adults beginning their Spanish language learning journey.
- 89 unique words
- 106 pages of text, including full-page illustrations
- new words are translated in the margins
- written in present tense (and past tense where needed)
- Spanish from Spain
- setting: Valencia, Spain
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