When Zia Donatella comes to live with the Bertolizzi family, little do Alfie and his older sister Emilia know what's in store for them. Zia Donatella is determined to show the kids how a home-cooked meal is better than even the best take-out pizza or burrito. And when Zia's plan actually transports Alfie and Emilia to famous food cities around the world, they learn first-hand how food cannot only take you places, but can bring you home again.
In the fifth book in the series, Zia's secret ingredient takes Alfie and Emilia to a city famous not only for its food, but also for its carnivals, music, and beaches - Rio de Janeiro! There they meet Miguel Costa, who persuades Alfie and Emilia to take part in the children's parade at Carnival. Once again the siblings get caught up in an adventure that introduces them to the sights, sounds, and tastes of the one the world's most incredible cities - all while trying to find their way home.
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