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In Something to Declare, what is Alvarez's experience with food once she arrives in the U.S.? Does she develop any kind of eating disorder?

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In the chapter "Picky Eater" in Something to Declare , Alvarez writes, "Mostly, if I was eating out, I didn't expect food to taste all that good" (page 76). She writes that in the Dominican Republic, women prided themselves on being very good cooks, so people only went out to restaurants for social reasons. If they wanted a meal that was prepared well and sanitarily, they ate at home or at a relative's house. When she was growing up in the 1950s, the Dominican Republic did not have a developed tourism industry yet,...

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