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‘Exotic’ foodstuff the most recent entrance in society war

Betty J. Cotter

Betty J. Cotter (, a monthly contributor, teaches at the College of Rhode Island and Three Rivers Neighborhood University in Norwich, Connecticut.

The most current battleground in the lifestyle wars is food stuff — the recipes we use and the terms we employ.

In a current essay, Washington Post writer G. Daniela Galarza maintains that working with the phrase “exotic” in food items writing “indirectly lengthens the metaphysical length between a single group of people and another, and, in so performing, reinforces xenophobia and racism.”

If you use “exotic,” you are accomplishing so from an Anglo-centric standpoint, she expenses. In a latest job interview on NPR, she discussed that the Greeks invented the term to label the civilizations that they conquered and enslaved.

This is how my unabridged dictionary defines “exotic”: “foreign … not indigenous,” as effectively as “having the appeal and fascination of the unfamiliar surprisingly beautiful, enticing.”