Elizabeth Acevedo Recommends

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Elizabeth Acevedo Recommends

A DC Reads List

For the special edition of DC Reads, we have enlisted a special Read Feed from the author herself! Recommended by Elizabeth Acevedo, here are books, songs, music and recipes to enjoy after you have read With the Fire on High. Some of these are not in the Library, but we wanted to share them all!

Books
Once you have read With the Fire on High, here are three more delicious reads.
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquival—A canonical text, Esquival uses magical realism and food to highlight the emotional narrative of a young woman’s love and life. 
  • North of Happy by Adi Alsaid—A lovely young adult novel set in the Pacific Northwest, Alsaid’s character creates magic in the kitchen as he works through personal grief. 
  • Death Below Stairs by Jennifer Ashley—this historical mystery novel is brilliant. Set in 1800 Britain and follows a talented cook who has to get the nobility in her household fed while also trying to figure out who murdered a maid. 

Music
Here are Acevedo's music pics. Hop over to our Freegal database for more!

  • "Believe" by Meek Mill
  • "<3" by Bad Bunny
  • "Brujas" by Princess Nokia
  • "Aguanile" by Hector Lavoe
  • "God’s Plan" by Drake
  • "Neverending" by Rihanna
  • "Celebrate" by Rapsody
  • "Arroz Con Habichuelas" by El Gran Combo
  • "Get Up 10" by Cardi B.
  • "Moment 4 Life" by Nicki Minaj, Drake
  • "Cocoa Butter Kisses" by Chance the Rapper
  • "Don Omar" by Bandolero ft.Tego Calderon
  • "CROWN" by Chika 
  • "Love Yourz" by J. Cole
Movies
Some of what Acevedo is enjoying right now. Check out Kanopy after taking a look at these.
  • Gentefied - In Los Angeles, three Mexican-American cousins chase the American Dream, even while that dream threatens the things they hold most dear, including their neighborhood, their immigrant grandfather and the family-owned taco shop.
  • Like Water for Chocolate - The youngest daughter in her family, the beautiful Tita (Lumi Cavazos) is forbidden to marry her true love, Pedro (Marco Leonardi). Since tradition dictates that Tita must care for her mother, Pedro weds her older sister, Rosaura (Yareli Arizmendi), though he still loves Tita. The situation creates much tension in the family, and Tita's powerful emotions begin to surface in fantastical ways through her cooking. As the years pass, unusual circumstances test the enduring love of Pedro and Tita.
  • Pressure Cooker - This documentary follows students at Frankford High School in Philadelphia as the culinary arts students work all year to master their teacher's lessons, and compete in a cooking competition at the end of the year to earn a scholarship.
Recipes
A book about a budding chef deserves recipes to go with it. Enjoy!
  • Mofongo - As Acevedo wrote With The Fire On High, I thought a lot about what dishes were representative of Emoni’s cultural background; Puerto Rico influences a lot of Emoni’s drive to cook and I think there are few dishes more distinctly Puerto Rican than Mofongo. Mofongo is a hearty dish that is made with fried green plantains and it’s sure to line your belly. 
  • Okra - Emoni is very tied to her roots in North Carolina as well, and I think the Neely’s got this okra recipe really right (my MIL from Ayden, NC gave it a stamp of approval). It’s yummy, flavorful, and the acid in the tomatoes ensures the typical okra sliminess is nonexistent. Also! Frozen okra was one of the few frozen vegetables I could still find when all other frozen veggies were removed from shelves in the Corona-purchasing panic.  
  • Arepas - This last recipe is less directly related to Emoni, and more directly related to comfort, which is one of the driving forces behind Emoni’s desire to nourish people. I grew up with my next-door neighbor baking a Dominican arepa at least once a month. And in moments of high stress or distress it's like my mouth longs for the flavors of coconut and cornmeal—which I know don’t sound like they should work, but wow. Work they do! The flavor profile is most like bread pudding but with a pop. I know a lot of folks are trying to baking recipes and this is a dense, sweet, flavorful one to give a go.