Foxglove Lee – The Secret to a Perfect Latke

Author: Foxglove Lee
Reviewed by: Mandy
Publisher: Prizm Books
Genre: Young Adult
ISBN 13:   N/A

Rating: ★★★★½ 


Noah has never been on TV before, but he dreams of having his own cooking show one day. When he’s asked to help a gourmet chef prepare latkes for a Hanukkah segment on the Sunny and The Bear show, his family is proud but suspicious. Sunny and The Bear is a “lifestyle” show that’s popular among straight women, but it’s hosted by gay men. What’s more, the guests on this show have an uncanny tendency to come out of the closet live on national television…


This is a short and incredibly cute YA/coming out story.

Noah Perlman is with his family celebrating Hanukkah and dreaming of the day hefinally finishes High School and go to culinary school in France, or anywhere very far away from his family.

In true teen spirit he sees them all as losers who smother and bore him and he has plans, plans to be a chef and free to live for himself.

His mom is a real character, I liked her, even though I can see poor Noah wanting some distance.

Once she hears that her Noah will be on the Sunny and The Bear show she immediately starts writing down great-great-grandmother’s latke recipe for him to take to the show. Later when Noah gets a peek at the card his mom wrote the recipe on, I was totally happy! That was a great gesture. His mother Judith and his girlfriend Megan accompany him to the studio and Noah is actually happy for their support.

I appreciated how the author incorporated the story of Hanukkah and the oil in the story,I know the history of it, but for those who don’t it is a very short explanation of why this is a very important holiday.

He is a bundle of nerves and his POV had me nervous and sweating by the time the poor kid steps on stage. Chef Tony, Leslie, Bear and Sunny all make him feel welcome and try and put him at ease, but his nerves are shot. He has all these feelings running around in him he can’t seem to think straight and ends up..well I don’t want to give anything away, but I can picture the balloons and confetti, and I was left with a huge smile and a very happy feelings.

I loved this short, it’s sweet and funny, slightly silly and I would love to catch up with Noah in a few years.


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