Every culture has its own special take on bread and fry bread is definitely my culture’s offering. My grandma made fry bread every week. And her house always had bannock or fry bread on hand. Fry bread is basically deep fried bannock and it’s (in my opinion) better than bannock (you know, because it’s fried) — especially if it’s served fresh and hot.
My grandma’s fry bread was rectangular with a few cuts across the top. I covered it with butter. Sometimes, I snuck in the kitchen and stole pieces of it instead of waiting for dinner. Ah, bread — it’s so dang satisfying. Just the thought of fry bread makes me happy!
Fry Bread by author Kevin Noble Maillard, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal (Roaring Brook Press) is an upcoming children’s picture book featuring that warm, delicious staple of almost every First Nations’ home. This book is available for pre-order, shipping October 22, 2019.
Told in lively and powerful verse by debut author Kevin Noble Maillard, Fry Bread is an evocative depiction of a modern Native American family, vibrantly illustrated by Pura Belpre Award winner and Caldecott Honoree Juana Martinez-Neal.
Fry bread is food.
It is warm and delicious, piled high on a plate.
Fry bread is time.
It brings families together for meals and new memories.
Fry bread is nation.
It is shared by many, from coast to coast and beyond.
Fry bread is us.
It is a celebration of old and new, traditional and modern, similarity and difference.
And here’s a great video recipe by the aimless cook (FYI, my grandma’s fry bread was always a bit thicker than this)…