Sixteen-year-old Sarah (it's pronounced SAH-rah, thank you) has a successful blog creating fusion recipes. When Sarah is invited to compete on Cyber Chef, a virtual cooking competition that soars in popularity at the height of the pandemic, her twists on her Baba's recipes are not enough to pique the palate of the show's producers. She is pushed to present dishes that represent her Filipinx culture, but these flavours are foreign to her since her parents raised her emphatically Jewish. To survive Cyber Chef and find her cultural identity, Sarah must discover why her mother turned her back on all things Filipinx, and learn the true meaning of fusion.
Primrose Madayag Knazan writes from a distinctly Filipinx-Canadian, Jewish, and woman's perspective. Her plays have been produced by the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, and Sarasvati Productions and published in the anthologies Breakout: An Anthology of Emerging Manitoban Playwrights, Beyond the Pale, and Generation NeXXt. Primrose is also a food writer for the Filipino Journal and a social media influencer and brand ambassador promoting Manitoba restaurants and artisan products as @pegonaplate on Instagram. She is the mother of two Filipinx-Jewish boys.
"This is a beautiful story that highlights family, traditions, identity and the strength one girl finds to rise above everyone else's expectations - all while making us hungry for snacks like Furikake Popcorn and White Chocolate Chai Almond Butter Cookies!" - Sidura Ludwig, author of You Are Not What We Expected
"Lessons in Fusion ... is a timely and nuanced novel that delves into numerous issues around race and culture, especially the pressures faced by young people with blended heritage." - KidList Special