Anis R.



In my family, we celebrate our heritage through food. I remember vividly as a kid seeing my parents page through handwritten recipes in family cook books that had been passed down through generations, and some of my fondest memories are of traditional Bengali meals shared with loved ones. I was fortunate enough to grow up in a very large and tight-knit extended family, and food was often the reason for family get-togethers. Whether it was a weekend brunch, or a weeknight dinner, or a special occasion like breaking fast during Ramadan, I was surrounded by the love of family nearly constantly growing up, and it all centered around our shared love of food. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to appreciate that more, and have really enjoyed learning to cook Bengali food from my parents. It’s also been an unexpected joy sharing my culture with others by cooking Bengali food for them. I look forward to carrying this aspect of my culture forward and passing it on to future generations.