Food reviewer gets a backlash from Indian food lovers after a weak review


Gene Weingarten, a columnist from the leading US daily – The Washington Post, wrote an article explaining his dislike for certain foods. In a particular point, he wrote that ‘Indian food was the only ethnic cuisine based entirely on one spice’. And in a matter of minutes, all hell broke loose.

In his tweet on Monday, August 23, he wrote, “Took a lot of blowback for my dislike of Indian food in today’s column so tonight I went to Rasika, DC’s best Indian restaurant. Food was beautifully prepared yet still swimming with the herbs & spices I most despise. I take nothing back.

This tweet garnered around 3.1K comments and 2.5K retweets and the numbers are still growing.

Indian food enthusiasts from all over the world started bashing the writer for his biased opinions, so much so that he had to remove the particular sentence from the article itself.

Indian actor and TV host Padma Lakshmi shared a picture of the original article and wrote about how racist and uniformed the writer was.

Mindy Kaling, another famous TV personality with Indian roots was also disappointed by the authors outrageous disgust towards the cuisine.

Even Salman Rushdie, an Indian-born British-American Novelist and Essayist had a comeback to the writer and his knowledge about Indian food.

“I just heard about @geneweingarten for the first time in my life. What he doesn’t know about Indian food would fill an encyclopedia. I plan never to hear about him again,” tweeted Rushdie.

The misconception of ‘curry’ being a one ingredient to westerners seems to put off many Indians, leaving them enraged and wanting to educate them about Indian food.

Many who stood against Weingarten’s comment highlighted how poor a food reviewer is so misinformed and biased about a particular cuisine and calling curry as ‘one spice’.

One user named, ProgressiveGare said, “One spice? Curry? I’ve made curry “spice” from scratch. Curries can include up to 30 different spices. And Indian food isn’t just about one spice. He’s clearly never had Daal, samosas, pakoras, aloo chole, saag paneer, rasmalai, etc…”

Twitter users listed out the variety of food the subcontinent had to offer and some even went ahead and gave us a peek of their Indian pantries and the wide range of spies that they had in store.

After the much-hated comments and constant correction by Indian food enthusiasts worldwide, the author had no choice but to come up with an apology tweet, saying, “From start to finish plus the illo, the column was about what a whining infantile ignorant d—head I am. I should have named a single Indian dish, not the whole cuisine, & I do see how that broad-brush was insulting. Apologies. (Also, yes, curries are spice blends, not spices.)”