Nacho’s Nachos – Lone Star Lit

About the BookCover Nachos

Title:  Nacho’s Nachos: The Story Behind the World’s Favorite Snack
Author: Sandra Nickel
Illustrated by: Oliver Dominguez
Genre: Picture Book, Nonfiction, Food History, Latinx Interest
Publisher: Lee & Low Books 
Synopsis: 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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My Thoughts

Nacho’s Nachos … Try saying that without thinking about your favorite version of the dish! As the saying goes all stories usually have some truth to them and the story of the nacho is no different; it is not just a play on words. I honestly never knew how nachos came to be or that there was a story behind them!

     Nacho’s Nachos is a delightfully colorful story filled with imaginative artwork and thoughtful words that lead you to believe you are right there with Nacho on the journey of life discovering how to make people happy and making them the original nacho recipe. (Sandra Nickel thoughtfully included the original recipe in the back of the book). While this book is geared towards a younger audience, I think adults would like it as well because of the fascinating history and the story of the nacho.

     I enjoyed reading this book and learning about the history of nachos and how they came to be. The Afterword was filled with many extra tidbits of history that helped to shape this story more fully in my mind. I loved how thoroughly Sandra Nickel researched Nacho (Ignacio Anaya) and found as close to the original story as possible. It was fun seeing all the history surrounding the invention of the nacho and learning more about Nacho himself as well. Combing the story with the beautiful artwork I can honestly say that this is one of my all-around favorite children’s books I have ever read. Sandra Nickel and Oliver Dominguez brought to life this remarkable story of how Nacho’s nachos came to be!

I highly recommend this book as it was packed full of interesting history and vivid artwork that made me smile the whole way through. 5 out of 5 stars. Now to go make some nachos…

*I volunteered to read this book in return for my honest feedback. The thoughts and opinions expressed within are my own.


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 Add yours

  1. sandranickel says:

    Kimmie, thank you for this absolutely wonderful review! I’m delighted that you liked our book and that it brought a smile to your face. An author can’t ask for more!

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    1. Your most welcome!! I am looking forward to reading more books from you 🙂

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  2. It sounds like this book was just plain fun to read! Thanks for a great (or should I say GRATE? mmmm, cheese.) review.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Haha it was fun 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and I hope you like the book too!

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