The Only Way to Make Bread (Hardcover)

The Only Way to Make Bread By Cristina Quintero, Sarah Gonzales (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Cristina Quintero, Sarah Gonzales (Illustrator)
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A delicious exploration of all kinds of breads, from sourdough to bannock to bao, that will tickle your taste buds and warm your heart.

What's the only way to make bread?
You might use white flour in your bread, or whole wheat flour or corn flour.
You might use water or milk, maybe an egg or two.
You'll use a handful of this, a dash of that, a bit of this and a splash of that.
Some dough will rise, some dough will bubble. Sometimes it will be sticky, sometimes it will be shaggy.  
What's the only way to make bread?
Your way!
This tasty celebration of all kinds of bread will tempt bread lovers big and small. No matter what kind of bread YOU like to make, this book is for you!

About the Author

CRISTINA QUINTERO is a first-generation Colombian-Canadian of both Afro-Colombian and Indigenous-Colombian descent. As a child of immigrants, she understands the importance of stories that go beyond trauma and struggle and instead highlight the everyday joy that is created within immigrant communities. She grew up in a neighborhood where one mama filled in for another, so while it was not always easy, her childhood was always delicious. Thus was born her lifelong love of food and ideas about community-building through food.

Filipino-Canadian illustrator SARAH GONZALES was born in Saudi Arabia and raised in Canada. Sarah has been drawing ever since she can remember and has never stopped; she eventually went to the Alberta College of Art and Design, where she focused on illustration and design. Sarah lives in Montreal. 

Praise For…

WINNER of the Ezra Jack Keats Best New Illustrator Award, 2024
A Shelf Awareness Best Books of the Year for 2023

PRAISE FOR The Only Way to Make Bread:

"You’ll want to make bread after reading this warmhearted book . . .  the story ensures nothing about this process comes off as precious except the time spent together. This is . . . a unifying addition to conversations around community and food literacy." STARRED REVIEW, Booklist

"The warm tones and textures of Gonzales’s colored pencil illustrations evoke the feeling of being in a kitchen baking bread with loved ones. . . . A celebration of differences and the commonalities that unite us." Kirkus Reviews

"There’s excellent chemistry between Colombian-Canadian debut author Cristina Quintero’s playful, immersive text and Filipino-Canadian illustrator Sarah Gonzales’s softly textured, coloured-pencil artwork with toasty ochre tones and steamy swirls of buttery yellow . . . The Only Way to Make Bread is perfect for savouring and sharing." Quill & Quire

"The art, combined with Quintero's graceful text, results in a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the ordinary, love-filled lives of individuals from various cultures." Shelf Awareness

"This lively celebration of bread offers a welcome emphasis on diversity and collaboration. A warm and engaging read-aloud, it is also an excellent resource for caregivers and teachers." School Library Journal

"The Only Way to Make Bread proves itself to be a new family favourite. With a timeless message and adorable graphics, this book is certain to be a good read no matter how old you are." Young Adulting

"[A]s appealing as a warm, freshly baked loaf of bread." CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"With softly coloured illustrations, children will explore different ways to make bread. . . . Recipes at the back of the book will have young chefs excited to try these delicious variations." Calgary Herald
Product Details
ISBN: 9780735271760
ISBN-10: 0735271763
Publisher: Tundra Books
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2023
Pages: 40
Language: English