Hello, my little chef friends, and welcome to Cook! The! Book! Where we take a book and make a recipe inspired by it! Oh no, don’t butter your books! Thank you, now, instead of broiling dictionaries, we will be making a tasty recipe inspired by Jessica Love’s book, Julian is a Mermaid. Without further ado, let’s begin!
Julian is a Mermaid follows a boy named Julian and his Abuela as they ride the bus back to their home. On the ride there, Julian sees real live mermaids! They have beautiful hair and tails; Julian is just dazzled by them and tells his Abuela he is one too. His Abuela goes for a bath and tells him to be good while she is gone. While she is, let’s get our recipe together. What should we make? Grilled cheese? Meatloaf? Hmm…What would a mermaid eat? OH, I know…how about fish?? That sounds perfect! Let’s make tilapia with mango salsa, perfect for Julian, who is our Afro-Latinx mermaid!
For this meal, we will need a few things.