I lived with a grandmother who was an excellent basic cook and also loved to try new things. She hated it when we said, "EEEwwww," or "what's that?" when she presented something. We learned to eat a lot of stuff, including vegetables like beets, fruit like prunes, and whole-wheat bread when all the kids were bringing Wonder to school.
I enjoy a wide variety of foods and cuisines. But like Aunt Bea, my favorites are simple. I even adore Spam and Velveeta (or any combo thereof...and Michael Pollan would say this isn't food).