Book of Life | Churros Recipe


Before I saw the commercial for the movie Book of Life a couple of weeks ago, I had never even heard of it. The movie celebrates Día de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead”–a holiday that celebrates what happens to people after they have died.

A Hero's Journey (The Book of Life) by Daphne PendergrassAfter I saw the movie commercials, I went on a search for some books related to it and I was surprised to find a series of books and a super cool art book!

A Hero’s Journey (The Book of Life) by Daphne Pendergrass is a book marketed as a “storybook retelling of the movie The Book of Life!”

In the book, Manolo Sanchez is a bullfighter–one from a long line of champion fighters, as a matter of fact. However, Manolo doesn’t want to be a bullfighter. Instead, he wants to play music and win the love of the beautiful Maria, who is the general’s daughter. That seems like enough to deal with, but Manalo tries to save his town when dealing with magical forces who invade. The book boils down to the importance of family, friendship and following your dreams.

Our recipe pairing for this one is actually based more on the movie than the book. In the commercials, one of the characters says, “It’s all you can eat Churros!” and my kid cackles every single time. So, that seemed like the natural pairing with the book.

Churros are sometimes called a Spanish doughnut. It’s a fried dough pastry that is long (like a stick) instead of round (like a doughnut). I think they’re much lighter than doughnuts and they are kind of a cross between a doughnut and funnel cake for me. And? They’re much easier to make than I thought!

The Art of the Book of LifeAlso, we don’t have this book yet, but it looks super cool so I think I’m going to order it–especially after I read this NPR piece about the movie director and animator, Jorge Gutiérrez.

The Art of the Book of Life is the behind the scenes peek of the making of the film and the animation. My daughter is always interested in artists, so I think this would be a good addition to our homeschool artist studies.


Churros Recipe with “Book of Life”

Cinnamon & Sugar Churros

Yields: 4-8 Churros (depending on how long you pipe the dough)

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 quarts oil for frying
  • 1 TB white sugar plus 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Chocolate and/or strawberry sauce (optional)
  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine water, 1 tablespoons sugar, salt and 2 tablespoons vegetable oil.
  2. Bring to a boil and then remove from heat.
  3. Stir in flour a little at a time until the mixture starts to form a ball. Do not overmix or it could make the churros chewy or tough.
  4. Heat oil in a deep skillet or pan to 375 degrees F.
  5. Using a pastry bag, pipe strips of dough into hot oil.
  6. Fry until just golden--do not overcook! Then, drain on paper towels.
  7. Combine 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon. Roll churros in cinnamon and sugar mixture.
  8. Serve as is or with a side of chocolate and/or strawberry dipping sauce.
  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Total time: 20 minutes

‘Book of Life’ Books

Book of Life Movie Novelization (chapter book)   Book of Life Tale Of Two Friends (Early Reader)  

‘Book of Life’ Toys

Book of Life Maria Toy Figure Book of Life Manalo Toy Figure Book of Life La Muerte Toy Figure


Book of Life with Churros


About Author

Jacqueline Wilson is Ella's mom and a homeschooler. She loves cooking and creating with her daughter. She is the co-author of 50 Shades of Frayed: Three Moms Talk About What Happens When "I Do" Becomes "Not Tonight". You can follow her on her personal Twitter account, WritRams and on Facebook as WritRams and Little Cooks Reading Books.

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