Being a gourmand myself, I am confused by picky eaters. I’ll eat just about anything, and even the things I thought I wouldn’t like I usually did. Brussels sprouts and uncooked egg yolks are the only foods that come to mind that I really don’t like, but I don’t find them so disgusting that if I were served that at someone’s house I couldn’t eat a few bites not to be rude.
I’ll admit, picky eaters annoy me. My BF is one of the pickiest eaters I know- he won’t eat tomatoes, onions on pizza, sausage, potatoes, spinach, bell peppers, pork, any beverage other than sweet tea (NO lemon) or milk, chocolate (by itself- he’ll eat it in things or eat brownies), and probably a number of things I don’t know about. He doesn’t really eat fruit, he sneers at gourmet food, and if he had his druthers he’d eat nothing but Hot Pockets and pudding all day, and anything else smothered in hot sauce. It’s annoying for me because I like just about everything, and I like to try new things. I also like to cook, but having to remember that he won’t eat this or that gets really frustrating.
So, picky eaters, please explain yourselves*. I want to know why you find so many foods offensive. Is it taste, texture, smell, all 3? I’ve heard of super-tasters, but that doesn’t seem to explain all picky eaters. I knew someone who would only eat food smothered in ketchup, but if you can taste things I can’t I don’t understand how ketchup is what you’d want to taste all the time. What will you eat, and why? What won’t you eat, and why? Have you actually tried the foods you refuse to eat? Are you willing to try it prepared a different way to see if you like it better? My sister is also a picky eater, but she refuses to try anything new, which I find even more frustrating.
Help me empathize, so I don’t get offended when he turns his nose up at baked brie or pours hot sauce all over the chicken I spent all day cooking.
*I mean really really picky. Like if the list of stuff you do eat is shorter than the list of what you won’t.