Eat Joy by Natalie Eve Garrett
4/5 Stars - What does this mean? The BIPOC REP test is a measure of the representation of BIPOC in foodie anthologies, otherwise known as the Sarah Rafael García What The Food (WTF) test. It asks whether a collection of work features at least 50% of BIPOC who write about BIPOC themes via food writing. The requirement that no white person writing about BIPOC food/culture can be included is sometimes added. (Adaptation of The Bechdel test)
Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers: This collection of intimate, illustrated essays by some of America’s most well-regarded literary writers explores how comfort food can help us cope with dark times―be it the loss of a parent, the loneliness of a move, or the pain of heartache.
Lev Grossman explains how he survived on “sweet, sour, spicy, salty, unabashedly gluey” General Tso’s tofu after his divorce. Carmen Maria Machado describes her growing pains as she learned to feed and care for herself during her twenties. Claire Messud tries to understand how her mother gave up dreams of being a lawyer to make “a dressed salad of tiny shrimp and avocado, followed by prune-stuffed pork tenderloin.” What makes each tale so moving is not only the deeply personal revelations from celebrated writers, but also the compassion and healing behind the story: the taste of hope.