Monday, August 24, 2020

Book Review: Nacho's Nachos


           
NACHO'S NACHOS
The Story Behind the 
World's Favorite Snack
by
Sandra Nickel
Illustrated by 
Oliver Dominguez
Genre: Picture Book / Nonfiction / Food History / Latinx Interest  
Publisher: Lee & Low Books 
Publication Date: August 11, 2020 
Number of Pages: 32
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NACHO’S NACHOS is the deliciously true story about how nachos were invented—about what happened when a regular customer asked Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya for something new, and there were no chefs in the kitchen. 
2020 is the eightieth anniversary of the invention, and Oliver Dominguez’s illustrations transport us back to the border of the Rio Grande in 1940, when Nacho’s quick thinking resulted in a snack now eaten everywhere from Texas to Paris to Hong Kong!
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Let me ask you, did you ever wonder where the incredibly delicious and wonderful tasting nachos came from? I never did either, I just enjoyed eating them as an app or as my main meal. I never thought about where this popular dish came from until I read Nacho's Nachos
 
 
First and foremost, this is a book aimed at children. It's a great book to help your kids learn about (probably) one of their most favorite food groups, nachos! Nacho's Nachos will not only entertain your kid, it'll help them learn a little piece of history as well.  Not only will children love this book, adults will find it's charm as well.

I admired the illustration of this book. The way the pictures are drawn remind me of the pictures when I go to an established Mexican Restaurant. Being Hispanic, I appreciated this attention to detail and could tell the author and illustrator gave great thought to this book. I see a trend of children's books go more towards simple drawing designs. While simple design definitely has it's purpose, I think the way the illustrator went for this book brings out that Mexican charm and flavor.
 
Any nacho lover will also enjoy finding out the simplicity of nachos back then. In today's world, especially in Texas, you can pretty much have nachos any way you want them. I usually create a nacho supreme where I top mine off with refried beans, ground beef, cheese (lots of cheese), tomatoes, onions, lettuce jalapenos, guacamole and more cheese. Back then, nachos were simply the chips, cheese and jalapenos. Nothing more and nothing less and yet people went crazy for them. Nachos are kind of like the evolution of a car if you think about it.

Overall, I enjoyed this book, even as an adult. I do not have any children as of yet, but will keep this on the small children's book section of my shelf when the time comes. If you have little ones, they will love this one. The illustrations are wonderful, the words are not complicated and it's an easy story to follow along with. And if you're ever on Jeopardy and they ask you a question about the history of nachos, you'll know the answer. Until next time, Happy Reading!





Sandra Nickel writes books and poetry for young readers. In 2020 and 2021, she has three books coming out: Nacho’s Nachos: The Story Behind the World’s Favorite Snack (Lee & Low), The Stuff Between the Stars: How Vera Rubin Discovered Most of the Universe (Abrams), and Breaking Through the Clouds: The Sometimes Turbulent Life of Meteorologist Joanne Simpson (Abrams). Sandra’s poetry can be found in SCOOP magazine. 
Sandra holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has presented workshops on writing for children and young adults throughout Europe and the United States. Sandra has twice won the Katherine Paterson Prize for picture books.
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4 comments:

  1. Ha! Your comment about being on Jeopardy made me laugh. I love learning stuff like this -- makes my appreciation of them even greater. Thanks for the review!

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  2. I laughed at the Jeopardy comment too! And, Amanda, thank you for this wonderful review. Oliver and I are honored. We are delighted that you loved both the illustrations and story.

    After spending so much time with this story, I normally make nachos the original way. However, the next time I'm going to try your nachos supreme. Yum!

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  4. Loved your review. I love nachos loaded but ever once in awhile, chips, cheese and jalapenos hit the spot!

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