The cover of Tales From the Table: Flavors, Families, and Friends.

Realize Bradenton, the nonprofit that boosts downtown Bradenton, recently published a new cookbook that spotlights recipes from the Friendly City. Tales From the Table: Flavors, Families, and Friends contains 10 recipes from Bradenton residents, with illustrations, photographs and educational tie-ins for kids.

The pages in which Bradenton's Alfredo Garcio discusses his recipe for "The Get Together Tacos De Asada."

In one example, Alfredo Garcia, who owns the Bradenton art gallery Arte Coyoacano, shares his recipe for "The Get Together Tacos De Asada," steak tacos that Garcia says he likes to cook for his husband and their friends. In addition to the recipe, the pages include ways for kids to improve their reading skills and expand their understanding of culture, math and science.

Art for the book was created by Don Brandes, the illustrator and Ringling College of Art and Design professor who also illustrated the Realize Bradenton book Old Manatee A to Z, which came out last year. Both books can be purchased on the Realize Bradenton website. Tales From the Table costs $15.

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