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I'll admit it; I loved this book! I'm turning into a chick lit fan :) Laurie Gwen Shapiro is one of those authors who writes characters I can actually see in my mind's eye, or I have actually known. So many of the scenes (believable or not) were easy to imagine, because she has such a great "descriptive gene". I could have done without the mini-sex scene early on in the book, but did find it fascinating that there wasn't a sex scene at all with the hero/guy-we-were-cheering for. Intentional? Bec...
Read it a while ago, don't remember too much about it so three stars.
Fun, entertaining funny but a bit stereotypical story of Heather Greenblotz who along with her cousins has inherited the Greenblotz company to run. This is an imaged company that is in competition with the very real, Manischewitz company which produces and markets matzah and other food products . This is a fun novel about the Jewish family behind Greenblotz matzah and their lack of religious conviction. Like all good entertainment there is some tension and some romance nd of course a happy endin...
A romcom that follows a family with super silly family dynamics who are trying seem somewhat normal for a passover seder covered for the food network. Some parts of this story were pretty reductive and cringy to read. The characters were not really well flushed out but the plot was fun.
I read this book many years ago (decades) and think of it with mirth throughout the year. It was smart, funny, and all around a pleasurable read that I was and am grateful to have experienced. Very relatable from the world of Jewish culture.
Giving this to the rebbitzin come Pesach!
Predictable but still enjoyable. I always enjoy a quirky family and I especially liked that a Passover seder was front and center.
Read this for a book club.
I found this book to be a fun, quick read. It wasn't anything special...but it was a fun place holder. I loved the references to Judaism. Growing up Jewish, I appreciated reading something that reminded me of my family. Oh, and Matzo Ball Soup is my favorite food!
My sister gave me this to read - I doubt I would have picked it up otherwise - and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Several pages in I found myself googling "matzo" and "seder" though - maybe I'm slow but I didn't seem to be completely understanding what they were from the context, only generally, and I'm a bit of a freak about exactness. I knew what matzo ball soup was, but not just "matzo."Heather is a Jewish woman, heir and sometimes participant to the world's largest kosher matzo fa...
Heather Greenblotz has the life that many people would envy. She is an heiress to one of the largest food companies in New York City, Greennbolz Matzo. She is extremely wealthy. She is a documentary film maker with a few Emmy awards to show for her brilliant work. However, when the Food Channel decides to produce a special on her family’s Passover seder—suddenly, her world comes falling down. Heather’s family is as disjointed and dysfunctional as they come and they have not celebrated Passover s...
This book was kind of super cute!I liked that Heather didn't annoy me to no end like the majority of chick lit heroines do. She was fun! And even though she was pretending to be something she was not - a chick lit plot that is also usually annoying - it was different in this case because it wasn't some ridiculous scheme she had come up with herself. It wasn't her idea! It was for the good of the family business! The whole family was in on it! Oh, and I really liked that the love interest knew he...
I want to like this book, the premise was interesting but upon reading it, I find everything in it to be so contradictory. She said it's a big secret that her family, the Matzo Ball Biggest Maker in America isn't kosher but she blabbed/revealed about that fact to everyone that she has just meet for only 5 seconds, including someone that can clearly be seen as very unreliable like her intern, Roswell. Second she said over and over again she's a heiress but she mentions about buying from a sample
Okay, I'm not sure I can quite legitimately claim this one was recommended by Rebecca... more like she mailed it to me with a post-it note that read "terrible, but amazingly so!" And since I do whatever Rebecca tells me to do, and I can also be convinced to summon up at least a vague interest in pretty much anything involving Jews in New York, I read it. And totally enjoyed it. It's pretty absurd, but no one reads chicklit expecting anything less. And it turned out to be marginally less fluffy t...
Heiress to the most well-known matzo brand, Heather Greenblotz is everything you wouldn't expect: she doesn't go to synagogue, she doesn't read Hebrew, and she is mot certainly NOT kosher. Heather's dirty little secret isn't that big of a deal until the uber-cute producer at the Food Channel wants to do a live broadcast of the famous family's seder. The seder that doesn't exist. Suddenly Heather's having to pull together her far-flung family and start hiding their massive secrets. Not to mention...
The Matzo Ball Heiress is a great chick-lit book that is not only a good read, but also informative. Okay, so the protagonist does spend a considerable amount of time whining about how tough it is being from a rich, dysfunctional family but she is more educated and sympathetic than many chick-lit characters. The author includes plenty of tidbits about Judaism which I found interesting and relevant to the story. I also liked the behind-the-scenes look into making documentaries and television show...
Very entertaining story about the heirs of a matzo ball kingdom whose family life is severely dysfunctional. Yet, in order to boost their failing business, they must act like a normal Jewish family at their seder, televised live. The book's full of interesting characters from the best friend, the Egyptian diplomat, the gay father, the shopoholic mother, and the eccentric therapist. Not quite as good as The Anglophile, in my opinion, but still superior to most of the chick-lit out there.
Honestly, I was lured by the chartreuse- cutesy cover & witty title. The wit, characters, modern allusions, & plot of this comedy make for an entertaining read. I suspect it would translate well into a screenplay for a modern romantic comedy starring a team the likes of Ryan & Hanks. -- Definitely a light read suitable for summer lounging.
How much fun to find Jewish chick-lit! Matzo ball soup, dysfunctional Jewish family, gay characters, and Jews in all their different chosen traditions. I'd like to spend one of my Passover seders with this crowd (though on the second night...can't miss my favorite holiday with my family on the 1st!)
Surprisingly, this was very cute. Home with a bad cold, I wanted something light - didn't expect to quickly finish it and find it as enjoyable as I did. It's VERY heavy on the Judaism - the language, the cultural references, the humor.... may not be as easily enjoyed by someone less familiar with it all.
I was pleasantly surprised. I thought I'd picked up a romance book by accident or something but it had more depth than i expected. Now it's no War & Peace and it is a bit light weight easy read but it was also enjoyable and I liked the characters. Good story, actually more plausible than one might think, and has some good humor.
This is a light book, a fast read, and is great fun. Brings out the Passover family spirit, and there's some romance too. Goes to show that no matter how much money someone has, it doesn't mean they're happy; and it's written in a way that makes me smile.
It was cute. I bought it last year before Passover, but never got a chance to read it then, so I waited until Passover again this year. It was a fun and cute read, which I enjoyed timing it with the holiday.
Just remembered this book when I found it at the Avenue J library and recommended it to my sister. Much in the vein of the shopaholic books and the like, but I found it much wittier and acerbic (right up my alley!) Plus, the heroine is Jewish, the heiress to a matzo factory fortune.
The only satisfying read of September's terrible chick lit binge. Solidly mediocre in every way, bordering on offensive, yet the mounting absurdity made my day. Ah, twist ending, how heartily you made me laugh. Best worst ending EVER.
I was between books when I re-read this one. It doesn't hold up quite as well as I remembered, but it's still a good read. I figure any book you don't quite want to finish simply because you don't want to leave the characters has done its job well.
Funny story with great characters.
Much better than I anticipated. The characters were very funny and interesting.
Cute, quick read. I liked the main character and the storyline. I would recommend this.
2nd book by the author - about Jewish girl in NY helping her love life, family business, and what it means to be Jewish. Educational, and quite funny - rude at times