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It looks like vomit, oh and it needs more salt… the fickle winds of children’s palates

Posted by on Aug 6, 2012 in Blog Posts | 3 comments

Possibly the best part of this delightful NYT article is his daughter’s assessment of the corn chowder. There is so much to love here, that I wanted to share it (thanks FB reader for the link).

1) the dad/chef is very matter-of-fact about his daughter’s changing tastes
2) he prepares sides that the girls enjoy even if they don’t like the soup
3) he seems to trust that their tastes will continue to change and mature
4) he is working with them in the kitchen
5) there seems to be no fretting or pressuring of the girls around their eating…

What do you think? Have your children gone from adventurous to selective and then back again?

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  1. hingly

    What a lovely article that was – thank you for sharing!

  2. Dana

    I also loved the part about the soup looking like vomit, but all it needed was a little salt and she liked it! My 7 year old has definitely changed from relatively adventurous to pretty selective and now is more adventurous than he ever was as a younger child. Much like the chef’s daughter, he’ll tell me that a new dish looks gross, right before he tries it and likes it. I am trying hard to teach him to be more polite in his assessments without coming down too hard on his right to evaluate food. I’m also trying to get him more involved in food prep. My soon to be 4 year old loves to help in the kitchen but my older son, not so much. . . we are working on that one.

    • katja

      Interesting! M at 3 and 4 would start with “it’s gross” and then enjoy it when I didn’t get sucked into it. I used to say, “You don’t have to eat it, but you do have to be polite.” Or, “Please just say ‘no thank you’ it can hurt the feelings of the cook.” Another reader came up with, “Don’t yuck someone’s yum.” Which i thought was cute. As for involving in cooking, I bring this up in my book. I never cooked as a kid, my brother did. I recommend families continue to calmly offer the opportunity but take no for an answer. Kids who eat family meals and like food will have a strong motivation to learn to cook. I remember sitting in Ann Arbor in my apartment calling my mom for directions on how to cook and cooking with her then when I got home 🙂 Pushing a kid to cook with you may turn that into another power struggle!
      Keep us posted! I love how you approach it with curiosity and kindness.