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My Kitchen Wars by Betty Fussell
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May 20, 2009

it was ok

** spoiler alert ** *Spoiler alert*

As a person who loves food and memoirs, I thought this book was great. My beef (ha) with it is the way it dealt with homosexuality. A woman and her husband spend the duration of their 30-year marriage engaging in heteronormative adultery that both are aware of and seemingly ok with, but suddenly the husband has a sexual encounter with a male student and the marriage is over? The absolute finality of this decision despite all the previous transgressions makes this reader uneasy, but the narrator's utter repulsion and skirting of the use of the word "gay," are downright homophobic. Historical context cannot be blamed, either: the marriage may have begun in the 50's, but by the 80's/90's, a well-read literary icon should've known better.

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