Posted by: Kathy Temean | December 22, 2021

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

Here is a second chance to win a copy of Hunter Liguore’s 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 lovely and a perfect match for the story. Good luck with the book!

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Oh, this book sounds wonderful!!! We always say grace, thanking all the people who helped bring food to our table. I love this idea and the art looks beautiful!


  2. I don’t know how I missed Nan’s Soup the first time around. I tweeted, Pinned and shared on FB. Please just put my name in for this book only; I’ve read the other two. Happy Holidays, Kathy!


  3. This sounds like I delicious book, and the art is scrumptious! I’d love to share with my young neighbor:-) Kathy, I follow your blog.


  4. Hi, I’m following by email now.

    This book is so amazing–a really great idea, and the illustrations are insanely gorgeous! Congratulations to the author!


  5. This is such a beautiful book! I love the story and the illustrations are delightful. Yay!

    Kathy, if my name is drawn, please pull a new name, since I won a copy of this from you the first time. 🙂

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  6. I love this book and its beautiful illustrations. So sweet!

    Kathy, I follow your blog and tweeted about this book. Merry Christmas!


  7. This book is both beautiful and delicious sounding. I’m an email subscriber and shared:


  8. What a lovely book! Congratulations!!


  9. This book is simply gorgeous! I can’t wait to read it. I subscribe to your blog and I tweeted about the giveaway.


  10. This book is GORGEOUS. What a great reminder for us all where our food comes from and to thank the people who grow and transport it.


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