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Old 12-17-2013, 12:47 PM   #1
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Picky Eaters/Food Snobs

This is something that has been bugging me for a while now.

Why is it that some people are more particular about their food and the way it tastes than others?

I've come across people who will not eat something because it tastes different than what they make (potato salad, fudge, cookies). I've come across people who will only eat certain brands claiming it's the best.

I, on the other hand, will eat just about anything unless it tastes really, really bad (like if it's rotten or tastes like cigarette smoke). Something would have to be really sickening for me to turn it down. Sometimes I do notice the difference in the way certain foods taste, but it's not a big deal to me. As long as it tastes good I'm gonna eat it, even if it doesn't taste great. Daily life isn't Iron Chef America, we're not judging on taste here. I don't understand how people can be so friggin picky. It's gotten to a point where I really don't like to cook for other people anymore.

I'd like to hear what you all think. Where do you think this pickiness comes from? Are you picky? Does pickiness bother you?

I can understand kids being picky, that's normal. But I can't understand picky adults.

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Old 12-17-2013, 12:58 PM   #2
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Having been to many countries, it's not a good idea to be too picky, I think. But I draw the line on certain foods in certain countries. Here in America, we'll eat anything because the foods are safe here.

Some people are forced to be more picky because of food allergies, such as shellfish allergies, which can be very dangerous.

Picky doesn't bother me. If someone is picky, it's more food for me!

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Old 12-17-2013, 12:58 PM   #3
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Well, first off, I think there's a big difference between picky eaters and food snobs. Food snobs are annoying because they act superior.

We don't all have the same taste buds, or intestinal fortitude Some people taste some flavors more strongly than others do, like the bitterness in cruciferous vegetables. I can't stand to bite into raw onions, so if they're in something, I won't enjoy it. My aunt gets gastrointestinal distress from raw onions, so she avoids them, and that might look picky to someone who doesn't know that about her.

And some people just don't like certain foods. My best friend doesn't like marinara! Can you imagine?

Just a few ideas
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Old 12-17-2013, 01:01 PM   #4
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It's really just individual differences. Maybe they like a certain brand because their mom always served that brand. Maybe they say they don't like a certain food because they are afraid it will taste really bad. Maybe it's because they have more discerning palates and, because they know what a dish should taste like, won't be satisfied with anything less.

There are foods I don't like, sweet potato salad! celery! cauliflower to name a few. Why do you care what someone else likes or doesn't? I don't say that to be nasty, just to ask why.
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Old 12-17-2013, 01:05 PM   #5
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Oh, yes, GG -- food snobs are exactly as you described. One of our neighbors in Brasov is a food snob, but I do admit we enjoy their cooking very much.

Your best friend doesn't like marinara? Interesting, indeed.

Cat doesn't like coffee -- also interesting!

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Oh, yes, GG -- food snobs are exactly as you described. One of our neighbors in Brasov is a food snob, but I do admit we enjoy their cooking very much.

Your best friend doesn't like marinara? Interesting, indeed.

Cat doesn't like coffee -- also interesting!

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I actually met someone once who didn't like strawberry preserves. I was truly astounded.

I didn't like coffee till I met DH. Falling in love does strange things to a person! I do have to have 2 tsps of sugar and hazelnut creamer in it, though. Oops, I guess I've gotten picky about it!
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Old 12-17-2013, 01:21 PM   #7
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It's Why do you care what someone else likes or doesn't? I don't say that to be nasty, just to ask why.
I can see the point. It seems that lately, many people are much more vocal about their particular likes and dislikes, and expect them to be catered to. That can be annoying when you're planning a get-together.

And some people are just sheep. On Facebook yesterday, a friend who is a food writer asked what food trends people would like to see disappear next year. Several chef friends of his said emphatically, "Gluten-free!" Apparently some people go to restaurants and ask if the fruit or the spices are gluten-free. They don't even understand what they think they're avoiding!

Note: This has nothing to do with people who legitimately have problems with gluten, just people who jump on the bandwagon.
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Old 12-17-2013, 01:57 PM   #8
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I deal with food snobs all the time. Most just do not know any better, but would never give something different a try.
Some of them have never had one bite of shellfish in their lives. Not because they never had the opportunity, but because it looks funny to them.

My wifes family is from here. Upstate SC.
I have had people get up from the table when my tray of oysters on the half shell were served. (said it would make them sick)
I have had people tell me I made them sick (could not eat) because I serve whole fish with heads on them.
I have had people ask why I would use something like garlic.

These are country folk. If you cannot raise it on the farm, its not suited for human consumption in their short sighted opinions.
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Interesting subject.

A lot has to do with how one was raised. When I was a child, and when I raised my own children, you were only allowed to say you didn't like something after you tasted it first.
I'm astounded how many people say they don't like something when it turns out they've never tasted it. I call those folks food snobs.
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Folks have their own ways. To tell the truth, I would rather have someone tell me beforehand that they dislike or don't wish to be around certain foods when we have folks over to eat. Most of my friends already know that I like to try different foods or that I like to experiment with different cooking techniques. But, having said all that, I have no expectation that everyone, or anyone, for that matter will like everything that I like. So when entertaining, I stick to familiar foods and save the goodies for another time.
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