Last week, we discovered the best Hanukkah book ever: The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming: A Christmas Storyby Lemony Snicket (author of the A Series of Unfortunate Eventsbooks). The illustrations are adorable and the story is hysterical.
Unfortunately, Alex doesn’t seem to be ready for the book just yet. Instead, he prefers the board book we got a couple of years ago at my friend Jessica’s recommendation: The Story of Chanukahby Francis Barry Silberg and Pamela R. Levy. As Marc reminds me every year, Hanukkah would be a very popular holiday – especially with boys – if the Jews winning the war aspect were emphasized instead of the kad shemen (the one-day’s supply of oil that miraculously lasted for eight). This board book does a good job summarizing the war and explaining how it’s connected to the lighting of the menorah.
Each year, I make these Sweet Potato Latkes (leaving out the scallions, since neither of us cares for them). When time is an issue, I grate the sweet potatoes ahead of time and store them in a covered colander set in a bowl. This has the added advantage of eliminating excess moisture. I highly recommend these, particularly if, like us, you’re not especially fond of regular latkes.