May Your Life Be Deliciosa


A delicious and fortifying picture book inspired by the author’s family, featuring the Mexican tradition of holiday tamale-making

This book is not yet published, but will be available from July 2022.

ISBN: 9781951836221 Category:

Michael Genhart


“What is the recipe?” I ask. Abuela laughs. “It is in my heart, Rosie. I use mis ojos, my eyes, to measure. Mis manos, my hands, to feel. Mi boca, my mouth, to taste. My abuela gave it to me, and I am giving it to you.” Each year on Christmas Eve, Rosie’s abuela, mamá, tía, sister, and cousins all gather together in Abuela’s kitchen to make tamales-cleaning corn husks, chopping onions and garlic, roasting chilis, kneading cornmeal dough, seasoning the filling, and folding it all-and tell stories. Rosie learns from her abuela not only how to make a delicious tamale, but how to make a delicious life, one filled with love, plenty of spice, and family.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 22.9 x 29.2 cm
Publisher name Cameron Books
Publication date 21 July 2022
Number of pages 40
Format Hardback
Contributors Illustrated by Loris Lora
Dimensions 22.9 x 29.2 cm
Weight 300 g


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Michael Genhart is an award-winning author of several children's books and a clinical psychologist. He lives with his family in the Bay Area. This is his first book with Cameron Kids. Inspired by her Mexican upbringing, pop culture, and mid-century illustration and design, Loris Lora is a multidisciplinary artist, designer, and illustrator whose work has been featured in editorial and book publishing, toy and surface design, and in galleries around the world. She lives and works in Los Angeles.