Posted by: Kathy Temean | August 12, 2021

Book Giveaway: THE WHOLE WORLD INSIDE NAN’S SOUP by Hunter Liguore

Hunter Liguore has a new picture book, THE WHOLE WORLD INSIDE NAN’S SOUP, illustrated Vikki Zhang and published by Yeehoo Press. They have agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner living in the United States.

Just 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 how you shared the good news. If you follow my blog and have it delivered daily, let me know in the comments so I can put the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter or reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. So, thanks for helping Hunter and Vikki.


There’s something special bubbling in Nanni’s big metal pot. And it smells delicious! What ingredients might be inside? When Nanni lifts the lid on her soup, she reveals the whole world inside: from the seeds that grew into vegetables, to the gardeners who lovingly tended to the plants, to the sun, moon, and stars that shone its light above them. And, of course, no meal is complete without a recipe passed down generations of family, topped and finished with Nanni’s love.

In this tender tale by award-winning author Hunter Liguore and artist Vikki Zhang, readers will marvel at how a community and world can come together to put on an unforgettable meal between a granddaughter and her Nanni.


The Whole World in Nan’s Soup is a rumination on our ability to recognize our interconnectedness with ‘all’ people. It is wisdom passed down many generations through my own nanni, who understood that in order to eat a single meal, it takes the whole world to make it.

Our dinner table doesn’t end at the four corners, but is reciprocal; it extends to all those faceless helpers involved with making sure we’re nourished. (That’s a very beautiful thing!) When we take the time to see ‘all’ people in a bowl of soup, then we can begin to see other areas of our life with the same care and unity.

Reciprocity (shu, 恕) is more than an intellectual understanding that I will treat others with the same respect I want to be treated. It goes deeper and implies, Who I am on the inside is the same as what is on the inside of others—and if that’s true, we can experience and discover for ourselves the delicate thread that connects all people.

In doing so, when we meet others, we do so with an awareness that their suffering is our suffering, felt and experienced the same way, and through empathy, through not wanting suffering for ourselves, we will not want it for another (ji suo bu yu, wu shi yu ren 己所不欲, 勿施於人)—thus, we will seek harmony and peace in all our words, actions, and relationships.

As our understanding of reciprocity grows, so does our empathy. The circle of life expands, as we recognize we’re not able to live without those faceless helpers, which we now honor with our thankfulness, our kindness, our understanding, our patience, and most of all, our self-responsibility that discerns: we are the root of others’ suffering when we set aside our interconnection.

This is the wisdom shared in The Whole World in Nan’s Soup. It is a rumination we can practice through the gentle art of making soup (or any meal), and by seeing our part in nourishing and sustaining others. There are no true faceless helpers, only helpers the world-over, caring for you.

The more we see our oneness, the more each meal, each moment, becomes a celebration, and our struggle with each other falls away, and the harmony we experience within will be reflected back.


Hunter Liguore is a gentle advocate for living in harmony with the natural world and with one another. An award-winning author, professor, and historian, when you support her work, you’re partaking in an equal exchange that supports compassion and peace in the world. When not making soup, she is often roaming old ruins, hillsides, and cemeteries. For more, visit:


Vikki Zhang is an illustrator and fashion designer of over 50 books and numerous films, toys, fashion, and advertising. She is the winner of The 63rd Society of illustrators NYC (book category), and The 16th CACC Best Illustration. She held her solo exhibitions in Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou.

16th CACC Golden Dragon Awards, Best Illustrations Silver, 2019, Society of Illustrators 2019 NYC

Society of Illustrators West 2018 LA – AKA Broadway Poster 2018 NYC – Bochui Chen International Children Literary Award 2018 –

Beijing Dangdang Best Original Award 2018 – Chinese National Book Award 2017 – Dangdang Annual Best Selling Award 2016 ( over 360000 reviews )

To learn more, visit

Hunter thank you for sharing your book and journey with us. It reminds me that we are all connected in some way. Vikki’s illustrations are a perfect match for the story and lovely. Good luck with the book!

Talk tomorrow,



  1. This book looks amazing. Grown-ups and children will learn together about food and culture, and i can’t wait to read it! Congratulations on your new beautiful book! I re-twitted, I do follow your blog and I get your posts delivered daily.


  2. Sounds like a delicious, inspiring book. Thanks to Hunter for the lovely backstory!


  3. Food unites us all! Congrats on a delicious book for everyone to savor!


  4. Congrats, Hunter and Vikki! (I’m signed up for the emails, too.)


  5. I love the idea of this book and bringing readers the idea that we are truly connected. This book is gorgeous and will start many conversations at homes. I’m an email subscriber and shared on social:


  6. This is such a beautiful book! Congrats to you, Hunter and Vikki!

    Kathy, I follow your blog and have it delivered daily. I shared this on Twitter.


  7. Such an imaginative story and the illustrations are absolutely beautiful. I’d love to have a copy.
    I’ve tweeted:, and shared:
    I also follow daily by email: crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com
    Thanks, have a great day!


  8. What a lovely story! And the detailed illustrations are gorgeous! I’ll be tweeting about the giveaway & I follow this blog.


  9. Beautiful book! I especially like the illustrations!


  10. I look forward to reading this beautiful book, THE WHOLE WORLD INSIDE NAN’S SOUP written by Hunter Liguore and illustrated by Vikki Zhang.

    Thank you for sharing, Kathy. I receive your newsletters, shared on Twitter and Word Press.

    Suzy Leopold

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  11. What a lovely idea for a picture book and what gorgeous artwork. I can’t wait to read this one. Thanks for the post. I follow your blog by email.

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  12. What a gorgeous book! It sounds like it has all the feels! Can’t wait to read it! Congratulations, Hunter and Vikki!

    I follow by email and shared on Twitter.

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  13. shared on Pinterest, Twitter and FB. Illustrations are AMAZING!

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  14. This sounds like a wonderful story and the illustrations are absolutely amazing!! I love the soft colors. Congratulations!

    Liked by 1 person

  15. […] of the work involved in providing the ingredients and growing the soup. Lovely! Thanks so much to Kathy Temean, Hunter Liguore, Vikki Zhang, and Yeehoo Press for introducing me to The Whole World Inside […]


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