Dex Rossi is a gawky, lovesick middle-school entrepreneur and amateur chef who runs a gourmet lunch stand from his front lawn. In love with a girl who likes jocks, he hopes to earn enough money to buy a gym system that will help him bulk up and win her heart. But while he serves up his locally famous food, his profits come to serve another purpose. He discovers that his grandmother’s restaurant is in financial ruin, and to save it, he must cook up a quick plan!
With the help of Alicia, his filmmaking older sister, and a host of great friends, Dex kicks his business into high gear. As word of his talent spreads like peanut butter, an unlikely windfall comes his way. Dex lands his own TV cooking show on the famous Eatz network! But just when he thinks he’s got his problems licked, Dex finds himself going head to head with a scheming, hard-boiled associate with a secret he has kept closely guarded. Dex learns that when your dreams are on the chopping block, finding the right ingredients is the best recipe for success.
DEX is an inspiring story for tweens 8 – 13, and a charming read for all adults that love food.
Sheri Lynn Fishbach Fishbach is a New York-based freelance writer and editor who has contributed to local, regional, and national publications including Gannett’s the Journal News, Psychology Tomorrow, the Jewish Reporter, Steppin’ Out, and the New York Times network of newspapers. She lives in Bardonia, NY.
“References to cookies, cakes, sweet and savory sauces, sumptuous platters, gourmet pizzas, and other mouthwatering fare that Fishbach energetically stirs into her fast and funny tale. A bit underdone in spots but a mostly delectable debut.”
“Dex is a tasty character blended into a good story that deserves to be heard from, understood and most of all, read!”
–Jonathan Russo, ABC’s The Chew
“An incredibly fun, fresh and engaging read! Dex is full of laughs, heart, and memorable characters peppered with some of the best-sounding food you’re likely to find in any book. Kids and parents will be waiting for Dex to hit the big screen and TV!”
–Adam Neal, Associate Editor Psychology Tomorrow
“A wonderfully warm and funny novel about a kid who learns that cooking is as much about love as food. Fishbach is that rare thing, a genuinely funny writer, and Dex is thoroughly delicious.”
–Beverly Swerling, Author Bristol House
“Dex is a delicious read, a seven-course meal brimful of savory plot twists and turns. Fishbach has certainly served up a classic for all to enjoy.”
–Gene Bolan, Former VP MTV Networks
“Although the book centers on food and offers exciting recipe ideas that will encourage kids to be creative in the kitchen, it is also about family, loyalty, tolerance, and acceptance (themes with great relevance today). I kinda want Dex to be MY next-door neighbor, so I can patronize his lunch sandwich business, and get samples of his incredible sounding cookies.”
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–Live It Up with Donna Drake