Our Family Dinner Book Club selection for the month of February is Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown. Here you’ll find a menu that can be prepared with the help of your children, and will hopefully be a fun and interactive activity for the whole family. Head over to Growing Book by Book for some talking points to get the conversation started as well as an idea for a family service project. Then visit Sunny Day Family for a fun craft. We invite you to share a picture from your dinner with us anytime during the month on our Family Dinner Book Club Facebook page.
This book is set in Columbia, where they used to actually have Biblioburros – men who would ride donkeys stacked with books through towns so people could check them out and read them. How fun would it be if we still had traveling libraries?! I wanted this family dinner menu to represent Columbia so I set out to research Columbian food.
There are many different styles of food in the various regions of Columbia, but there is one dish that has been named the National Dish of Columbia, and that is the Bandeja Paisa. This is a meal originating from Paisa region and it traditionally consists of white rice, red beans, ground beef, plantain, chorizo, morcilla (blood sausage), chicharron (fried pork belly), arepa, avocado and a fried egg.
Don’t look too closely at my version of the dish! If you do, you’ll notice that I left out a few ingredients and made some interesting swaps for others. This is a moment that would be perfect for the “see no evil” monkey emoji. So here is my Bandeja Gringa, if you will: roasted ripe plantain, white rice, black beans, fried pork belly, breakfast sausage, avocado, lime, fried eggs.
What can I say? I worked with what I had. Work with what you have and make your family a fabulous Columbian-inspired dinner while reading and discussing Waiting for the Biblioburro!
Waiting for the Biblioburro
Family Dinner Book Club
-rice, beans, carne molida, chicharrón, fried egg, plantain, arepa, morcilla, avocado
Coconut Rice Pudding