Review: The author is the product of two cultures, a Muslim father and a Welsh mother. The essayist teaches English at Yale University. The essay on the surface is about all you didn’t want to know about the contents of the food we eat. It begins with a secret ingredient of sweet meats, one of which is testicles. Actually, the subject of the essay is about reminiscences of her mother and her mother’s influence on her growing up.
Comment: This is not one of my favorite essays. It gave me culture shock. RayS.
The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present. Ed. Phillip Lopate. New York: Anchor Books. 1995.