The Whole World Inside Nan's Soup

Written by Hunter Liguore, illustrated by Vikki Zhang.

A tender tale that readers will marvel at how a community and world can come together to put on an unforgettable meal between a granddaughter and her Nanni. 

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.

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  • Format: Jacketed Hardcover
  • Pages: 32
  • Size: 10.6 X 10.6
  • Price: $14.99
  • Age Range: 4-8 years
  • Publication Date: 08/24/2021
  • ISBN: 978-1-953458-06-3

What to Expect:

  • TENDER GRANDMOTHER AND GRANCHILD RELATIONSHIP: This loving tale showcases the poignant connection between Nanni and her granddaughter.
  • A CELEBRATION OF THE COMMUNITY INVOLVED: From farmhand to delivery drivers to market merchants, readers can see all the essential hands it takes to bring a meal together to this family.
  • ENGAGES THE SENSES FOR FOOD LOVERS: Vivid details will ignite the senses, and the space to pause and discover the world around will inspire kids’ love for food.
  • STUNNING, GORGEOUS ILLUSTRATIONS: From internationally acclaimed illustrator Vikki Zhang, the art is full of intricate details for readers to pour over.
  • WHAT’S IN A MEAL? The tradition of preparing a meal is so much more than just the food in the bowl—it’s the time spent together, the knowledge passed down, and the honoring of family and community.

Author Bio

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. To learn more, visit

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