It’s December and Chanukah is just around the corner. This year, it begins the night of Dec. 24. So, as the holiday nears, there is shopping to do, family to contact and gatherings to manage. But, most of all (at least, in my opinion), there are meals to cook and, of course, meals to eat!

I am, I suspect, like most of the readers of the JN, particularly fond of latkes. And, I want to say this: May the food critics who want to outlaw such things as tasty fried foods never set their sights on latkes.

This week, while reading the Dec. 19, 2013, issue of the JN, I read a very nice story that reaffirmed my wishes: “‘Y’ Latkes: The Younger Generation Takes the Latke Challenge” by Annabel Cohen. The theme of the story is simple: Young members from the Detroit Jewish community were learning the craft — no, better yet — the art of latke making. Featured in the story are Raquel Cohen, Emily Elkhous, Daniel Stein, Ariel Disner, Allison August and Eli Newman, all learning how to make delicious latkes under Cohen’s tutelage. The article also includes a basic latke recipe. I only wish I had been there to taste the results of their labors.

As long as people are willing to learn the art of latke-making, I think there is a bright future for the world. May they be fried forever! 

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By Mike Smith
Detroit Jewish News
Foundation Archivist


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