An Open Letter to Picky Eaters: Stop It

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Dear Picky Eaters,

Stop it. Just stop it.

Nothing is worse than someone who is unwilling to try something new. It's one thing to be a little kid who only likes chicken nuggets and fries; it's another to be an adult who won't try Brie -- or really, any other soft cheese.

Look, Brie is delicious. Whatever you think is gross? It's probably delicious. You just have to give it a shot. Don't just try it once. Try it at least three times before you give up on it completely.

When I was a kid, I used to hate seafood soup. It freaked me out. When my grandma cooked it, I would literally hide in my room so I wouldn't have to eat it. I didn't have it for years after. Then one day, I grew up. I tried it again. And I liked it.

Funny thing is I don't even remember tasting it before I decided I never wanted it in my life again. Something about a boiling pot of fish and an assortment of shellfish scared me. I think it might have been the scent. Point is it was illogical. Fish and shellfish are awesome. What ever you think is gross? It's awesome too.

If you're that worried that you won't like a new kind of food, just don't order an entire plate of it. That's a recipe for a horrible time if you have an unpleasant experience.

Remember, no matter how perfect the setting is, the sad reality is that things can still go wrong. But it's important to take that first bite. One little bite is all it takes to move forward in the right direction. It could mean the difference between knowing what bacon tastes like and not knowing what bacon tastes like. Think about how different your life would be without knowing what bacon tasted like. Horrible.

When the opportunity comes to try, say, Brussels sprouts again after a bad first time, order a side of it cooked differently and give them another chance. Brussels sprouts are your friends. They want you to be big and strong. They care about you. Plus, roasted in an oven, they're quite tasty.

OK, I know what you're thinking: "But I have tried something a few times and still haven't liked it." And that's fine. As long as you've tried something new and gave it your best shot, I can respect you. You, however, are a rare bunch.

Too often do people get stuck in the mentality of, "Ew, that _______ looks gross/smells weird/etc. I don't want to try it ever." To all of you people, I say this in the nicest way possible, grow up.

Love,
A Concerned Eater

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ChrisAnn Richards
ChrisAnn Richards

My favorite "I hate Chardonnay"...I say "that's because you have only had bad Chardonnay - try this"!

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

What about people with FOOD ALLERGIES? One of my friends can't eat nuts because of his colitis...another friend of mine can't eat any fish because she is deathly allergic to seafood...and my grandfather, rest his soul, had a genuine gluten allergy. There's a huge difference between being a "picky eater" and being a responsible person who avoids the allergens that cause them illness...or could even kill them.

Bruce Leiserowitz
Bruce Leiserowitz

Well, I understand he was a vegetarian, but it's not as if he murdered millions of people because of his dietary proclivities. Again, it really is important to have a sense of scale.

jmcguinness
jmcguinness

How about just letting people eat what they want?

Karen Sibrel
Karen Sibrel

I think the article's use of the word picky might be incorrect, although it's hard to come up with a better alternative. Picky eaters aren't necessarily adverse to trying new things, they may just not like a lot of what they try. People who don't try at all, though, are wrong and should be punished.

bonnindesigns
bonnindesigns

Agree! I've always have been an adventurous eater but there have been a few things I just never have liked. Peppers being one. That got turned upside down a few times within the last year as I am now obsessed with Shishito and Padron peppers. I also found that pickled chilis like Fresno chilies are pretty great too! I guess if you go several years, like 40 or so, your tastes may change.

Yolanda Alejandre
Yolanda Alejandre

Thank you, I was always considered a picky eater because I don't like cheese, but I would always try it. I love baked Brie and a mild goat cheese why because I tried it. It kills me though when people call me picky but act like a child when I say I love sushi or menudo. Don't knock it till you try it and don't say eww or gross.

Traci Bean Pasquale
Traci Bean Pasquale

Why do you care if someone is a picky eater? I think there are bigger issues people have that need to be addressed rather than a person needs to 'grow up' because they are different than you. It's not a maturity thing, it's a fear thing. Fears are always hard to overcome, regardless of what they are. I say the person that needs to grow up and accept people for who they are (which IS a maturity thing) is you.

In_vino_verite
In_vino_verite

I think that there should be some exceptions to the "three strikes" rule. Take durian. (Please.) I've tried it fresh and I've tried it dried. I almost vomited both times.

BillxT
BillxT topcommenter

She's not talking to them. She's talking about people who WILL NOT try anything new.

BillxT
BillxT topcommenter

You've never prepared a really nice dish and had someone refuse to even tatste it because they're sure they won't like it since they've never eaten it before?

BillxT
BillxT topcommenter

She's not talking to folks like us who try different things and don't like someof them. She's talking about the people so caught up that they can't even try new things (a good cheddar cheese instead of american "cheese" on a burger, for instance).

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

@BillxT  

You're probably right...but I just want people to keep the food allergy aspect in mind when someone won't try a dish. I, myself, am fortunate to not have any food allergies...and it's given me the freedom to try many new things. :-)

-paulc-
-paulc-

@BillxTWhat Godless Bastard still eats American "cheese" on a burger?  Its Goat or nothing...

BillxT
BillxT topcommenter

As you see, it took me a bit to come up with a (hopefully) cogent answer: the people that are the subject of the aritcle.

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