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"The Sad, Sexist Past of Bengali Cuisine"

Melanie Wong | Jul 7, 201702:37 PM

" . . . A 19th century adage contends that one cannot taste Bengali vegetarian cooking’s full glory unless your own wife becomes a widow. It’s a florid, slightly fetishistic aphorism that centers the pleasure on the eater. The person who said this was, unsurprisingly, a man, and presents evidence of the blunt hypocrisy that has gone unchecked for years: These women suffered just so the rest of us could eat. Their perseverance in the face of adversity—and the embarrassing, atavistic conditions that made their cooking so magnificent—gets obscured. . ."

The Sad, Sexist Past of Bengali Cuisine

Bengali widows were forced to follow vegetarian diets after their husbands died. My great-grandmother was one.

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