Posted by: Kathy Temean | February 1, 2018

Book Giveaway: Gazpacho for Nacho by Tracey Kyle

Tracey Kyle has agreed to give away a copy of her new book GAZPACHO FOR NACHO to one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you did to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you. Check back to discover the winner.


Nacho likes to eat only one thing—gazpacho! Gazpacho for breakfast, gazpacho for lunch, gazpacho for dinner, for snacks, and for brunch. Nacho won’t even try other dishes—until he discovers miles and piles of mouthwatering vegetables at the market. This lively rhyming story, sprinkled with Spanish, will delight little chefs. A recipe for Gazpacho and a Spanish glossary are included.


I was living in Madrid in 2004 with a group of Spanish teachers, studying art at the Prado and reading Spanish plays in cafés at the beautiful plazas around the city. It was hot. The sun in Spain is strong and while the heat is dry, it’s still 100 degree heat—or higher. And unlike Americans, the Spanish aren’t obsessed with air conditioning. Businesses prop open their puertas and everyone sits outside people-watching. I craved a cool breeze.

I had lived in Madrid as a college student many years earlier and had fond memories of my dear Spanish madre making a cold, tomato-based soup for me called gazpacho. Gazpacho varies in the different regions of Spain but the basic recipe is a mix of tomates and fresh vegetables. It’s delicious. It’s cool. It was the perfect sopa to eat that summer in Madrid.

At the local supermercado, they sell gazpacho in cartons like orange juice, so I bought a container and ate a cup for breakfast each day. At lunch, I ate another bowl, and at dinner yet again I ordered more gazpacho. “You should just take a bath in gazpacho,” a fellow teacher told me. By the end of the summer, I was back home blasting the aire acondicionado, frequenting our air-conditioned restaurants and driving my air-conditioned car.  But I still wanted gazpacho.

The idea for Gazpacho for Nacho didn’t come to me right away. I enjoyed writing, and had published a few books for Spanish teachers. I knew it was a long and frustrating process, but I had spent my childhood writing poemas and stories. While the idea of creating a children’s book was always there, it took a back-seat to my teaching responsibilities and my family. I realize now that I wasn’t ready.

“Gazpacho for breakfast, gazpacho for lunch,
gazpacho for dinner, for snacks and for brunch.”

These lines came to me in the middle of the night. I wrote them down in the notebook I’d been using to keep track of ideas as they occurred to me. That weekend I wrote the first of many drafts of Gazpacho for Nacho. It combined my love of Spain, the Spanish language and food. I spent the summer writing and rewriting. I joined the SCBWI, devoured books on “writing for children” and researched publishing companies. After six months, I submitted the story for publication to ten editors. By spring, I had received two rejections and hadn’t heard from the others. I told myself that I obviously wasn’t meant to be a writer and went back to planning lessons for my students, who at this point were the recipients of every creative idea I had. I was happy teaching, but the profesora in me was determined to teach kids about this yummy, cold sopa!

It was my husband who pushed me to dig out the story. A heavy snow fell that winter and we were out of school for a week. “You need to take out that manuscript,” he ordered, “and start writing again.” For eight hours a day, I worked on the story and researched editors who were interested in food, travel or multicultural picture books. Margery Cuyler at Marshall Cavendish was one of those editors. Her letter arrived that spring, saying that she thought it would make a “cute story.” Have you sold it yet? she asked. It took two years of revisions and the process was slow, but Gazpacho for Nacho was finally published with Amazon Children’s Publishing (who eventually bought Marshall Cavendish) in 2014.

For a very long time, when people asked me what I did for a living, I said I was a middle-school teacher. “And I write when I have time,” I would add, as if the hours spent thinking about my story didn’t count, or the months spent writing and revising didn’t take up too much of my time. As I started going to conferences and attending writing workshops, I realized that I was a writer long before I was published.

As Nacho would say……Olé!


Tracey Kyle grew up in New Jersey and spent much of her childhood reading and writing poems. After seeing the boy band Menudo perform on a Latino TV station in middle school, she decided to learn Spanish fluently. Eventually she studied in Madrid, Spain where she discovered a tasty soup called gazpacho! She spends most of her time as “Señora Kyle,” teaching Spanish to a fun group of 8th graders. Currently she lives in Virginia with her husband and two cats, and when she’s not writing lesson plans or working on a new story, she loves to read, cook and practice yoga.

Visit her website at

Tracey, thank you for sharing your book and journey with us. I can’t wait to see it in the bookstores. I am sure the winner will love it.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. These illustrations are gorgeous!


  2. This looks amazing. I love the rhyme and the pictures. What a great book!


  3. Love the title!


  4. i lost my cat, named nacho, over a year ago, and i love the whimsy in this book )


  5. Yummy! I too like Gazpacho so will definitely be checking this book out. Congratulations.’s beautiful 🙂


  6. Do not enter me in the drawing — but I just want to say I have this wonderful book and LOVE it! Good luck to the winner!


  7. Oh my goodness this book looks delightful. Can’t wait to review it for my blog! Thanks for sharing the story behind the story, too. 🙂


  8. What a title! Can’t wait to read this book.


  9. Looks adorable!


  10. Love your story and the title of this book! Can’t wait to read it. Thanks


  11. We don’t just push a button and make artwork come out; illustrating takes a lot of time, very likely much more time than it took you to write the book. Some writers see illustrators as a bit of final polish on what is essentially their own story, but illustrators don’t see it this way; we pride ourselves in being a major part of the reading experience and our work tells the story as much as your words and, in the case of picture books, we may be telling more of the story than you are. If you don’t understand this, you may be tempted to underplay the role of the illustrator when you talk about ‘your’ book (what we see as ‘our’ book).


  12. Bravo! Victorious at the finale of your lengthy journey to publication. Muy bien.
    Gracious. Juanita


  13. Cheers to perseverance, Tracey! Great concept and illustrations!


  14. Love the story, plus I love gazpacho, too. I first had it when we visited Madrid, and have had various versions since. I’d love a copy of the book.


  15. I can totally relate to Nacho, I too love gazpacho! Thanks for the chance to win this cool-looking book.
    I’ve tweeted a link:, and pinned an image with a link on Pinterest:
    Thanks again!


  16. Can’t wait to read


  17. This looks like such a lovely book! I really like the illustrations as well!


  18. Can’t wait to read this one — Congratulations, Tracey!


  19. Tracey, what a wonderful journey! I love the way, in this post, that you so naturally included the spanish nouns in a way that we would instantly know what they were. You must be a WONderful teacher! This is so encouraging and I can’t say enough about the GORgeous illustrations. I’m keeping my fingers crossed on this giveaway 😉 Congrats and thank you!!!

    Tweeting, of course! 😀


    • And I LOVE Margery Cuyler! I almost got published through her, and then—she retired :-\ I miss her in the industry! You were blessed in that way 🙂 She’s so wonderful!


      • Hi Writersideup! Thank you! And yes, when I saw the illustrations from Carolina Farias, I cried. They are beautiful and I never tire of looking at them. I am very fortunate! Good luck and keep writing!


  20. When you wake up with a rhyming couplet, you know your idea has the force of the unconscious behind it and the idea is meant to be a book! Congrats on the book and working with Margery Cuyler and Carolina Farias. The illustrations are amazing!


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