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Ah … los tamales y las tortillas

Art of food preparation offers life lessons to children. Book cover courtesy of the author

Art of food preparation offers life lessons to children. Book cover courtesy of the author

Albert Monreal Quihuis released his first children’s book in 2011. Sofía’s Awesome Tamale Day is a tribute to the author’s parents and their tamale-making tradition. 

The Chandler resident, who is a financial planner by training and a storyteller at heart, tells LPM that he never thought he’d venture into writing children’s literature, much less a book series, but felt compelled to capture the camaraderie and bonding that occur when a family gathers around the kitchen to prepare food. “I want to inspire young and old readers to discover their history, culture and heritage so they can be proud of who they are.”

His latest book, In Search of the Lost Art of Making Tortillas, follows the travails of Sofía and her talkative parrot, Pepe (characters from his debut story) as they help Abuelita, travel to the Festival of Zapopan, and follow the path of the Jaguar looking for answers and The Lost Art.  

Sure, Sofía and Pepe could buy a packet of tortillas at the supermarket for under two dollars, but there’s no fun in that!

In Search of the Lost Art of Making Tortillas

$16.95, paperback; 38 pages 

Illustrated by Susan Klecka 

Perfect Bound Marketing + Press, 2012

ISBN-10: 0988457601

ISBN-13: 978-0988457607

To contact the author for the purchase of a single book or bulk sales, visit aquihuis@msn.com 

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This Article appears on the May 2013 issue of LPM under Vibe

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