This is something I never understood myself because as someone who likes to cook I'm pretty adventurous when it comes to food, with a few exceptions you might have seen on Cracked.com (Maggot cheese? Really?) I figure that if it appeals to someone out there there much be something in it to enjoy.
With that said, I've seen a fair bit of picky eaters out there, and I'm not talking about children who's three food groups is mac-n-cheese, hot dogs, and McDonalds... I'm talking adults that spend their entire lives with the mentality of "eww, I just can't eat that..."
And most of these were in a relationship with my little brother, up to including his wife. The baby they recently had is allergic to whey, so understandably they are very careful about what she eats to make sure it doesn't have butter or other dairy products in it. But with that out of the way, we have to get past "the list" when we eat out. That's right, when you take out food items with whey in it - which is a great deal of foods out there - there is a ton of things she doesn't like. She doesn't like fish at all, so all seafood is a no-go, she doesn't like any meat that has bones in it, she doesn't like olive oil (and, strangely enough, she would eat hummus), she doesn't like most vegetables, any fruit shouldn't have any watermelon or other melons because she doesn't like those, she doesn't like corn, she doesn't like pork, basically... we kind of narrowed it down to grilled chicken.
You know, sometimes I wonder if this is a first-world thing. You know, like, we Americans especially live in a time and place where we can eat damn near anything we wanted. (During the middle ages, black pepper was considered a luxury, that is hard to fathom right there! In face many spices are part of our lives now because of trade with India, thank you India!) We don't have to rely on growing or raising our own meals... and that I think is part of the problem here. People don't like bones in their meat because it reminds them they're eating an animal of somekind. We've gotten to a point where we can pretend our meat isn't meat at all, that "chicken" wasn't once a living, breathing bird with feathers and a beak that lived a short chicken life before turning into that boneless chicken-stuff we eat almost daily.
A little food for thought I guess, I'm totally ok with protecting the baby from the food allergy of course... but... I was kind of hoping she'd open up a little and try different things given the limit it posed. Oh well, it's none of my business anyways. This doesn't include vegetarianism either because I absolutely understand where they're coming from and even enjoy some of their foods, I've known vegans that have a wider variety of food they'd eat then her lol.
- Picky Eating Adults