Buono Appetito

Looking for a fun way to explore the themes of diversity and oneness in your classroom?  Red knows that nothing draws people together better than food!  This clever rock n' roll song from his Parents' Choice "Gold" Award-winning CD, "Hello World", uses foods familiar and foreign to draw children into a playful conversation of how we are all the same and yet wonderfully different .  If you have children from diverse cultures in your classroom or neighborhood this "kid favorite" song is a great entrée (!) to encouraging their families to share special dishes from their cultural cuisines.

Themes: International foods, cooking, diversity, oneness

Buono Appetito

Popcorn, pizza, fish sticks and fries
New England clam chowder, hamburger surprise
Linguine with clams, manicotti, vermicelli
And fat crunchy pickles from the 2nd Street Deli
Chitlins and cracklins, black eyed peas
Chili con queso (that's chili with cheese!)
Turnip greens, jelly beans, dom yam gai
Piroshkis and chutneys and chicken pot pie

Chorus:
Buono appetito (Good appetite! Italian)
Bahk! Bahk! (Excellent! Excellent! Farsi)
Chooma sapidinga (Go ahead! Eat! Tamil)
Bel hena w'el shay fa (Eat your meal with happiness
and complete healing. Egyptian)

Hummus, jicama, honey baked ham
Kiwi and congee, kabobs made with lamb
Langosta (that's lobster), calamari (that's squid),
I've even had octopus, I tried it, I did!
Foongi and kimchee, pu pu and poi,
Galena mwamba, I love it, oh boy
Fufu and yassa and plump roasted goose
Caramelized flan and a think chocolate mousse

(Chorus)

Steamed, pickled, candied, dried
Braised, boiled, baked, and fried
From all kinds of places, in all kinds of lands
Made with love and attention by all kinds of hands
Pesto and gumbo and liver pate
Tabasco, churrasco and chicken satay
Wherever you come from, wherever you've been
Pull up a chair and let's dig in!

(Chorus)

Food Glossary

Dom yam gai - chicken and coconut milk soup (Thailand)
Congee - rice soup (East Asia)
Foongi - dumplings with cornmeal, okra, chili and margarine (West Indies)
Hummas - a bread dip made from chick peas, sesame butter, lemon juice, oil (Middle Eastern)
Jicama - large crunchy, sweet tuberous root (Central America)
Kimchee - pickled cabbage (Korea)
Pu-pu - appetizer tray (Hawaii)
Poi - taro root paste (Hawaii)
Galina mwamba- chicken dish (Angola)
Fufu - plaintain balls (Ghana)
Yassa - spicy marinated chicken in onion sauce (Senegal)
Churrasco - barbeque (Southern Brazil)
Chicken Satay - chicken strips with peanut sauce (Thailand)

© 1995 Smilin' Atcha Music, Inc.

Written by Red and Kathy Grammer

 

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