The Sad, Sexist Past of Bengali Cuisine

While being punished by a cruel sexist practice in West Bengal, the Indian widows considered “husband-eaters” created a rich cuisine made without meat, onions, fish or garlic. Writer Mayukh Sen honors these creative women through the story of great-grandmother, a widow at 37.

Author: Mayukh Sen
Source: Food52
Published: Jul 5, 2017
Length: 8 minutes (2,122 words)

She Was a Soul Food Sensation. Then, 19 Years Ago, She Disappeared.

From the 1960s through the 1990s, Princess Pamela ran a thriving word-of-mouth restaurant inside her Manhattan apartment, and it attracted enough taste-makers to make her a legend. Then she abruptly closed shop and disappeared. Like many black culinary figures, her memory was nearly lost, until white celebrity chefs used their influence to revive it.

 

Author: Mayukh Sen
Source: Food52
Published: Feb 2, 2017
Length: 15 minutes (3,919 words)

How—and Why—Did Fruitcake Become a Slur?

A personal essay about queerness, dessert and the origins of a homophobic and gastronomic slur.

Author: Mayukh Sen
Source: Food52
Published: Dec 22, 2016
Length: 11 minutes (2,782 words)