A good buddy of mine just asked me whether there was any type of food out there that I do not like. I couldn’t really think of anything though I imagine there may be something out there that would be unpleasant to eat. But it is similar to the way that I view music, it is not about the genre or style so much as the quality, effort, and love that goes in to it. Hell if it is a good Polka song I could get down to it. Food tends to work the same way, it is never as simple as saying I do or do not like something, for I have had many of great chicken dishes and just as many terrible ones.
When I first starting getting in to cooking I hated onions and tomatoes. I know, sounds crazy to consider now but it was true, they made me sick to my stomach. But I said to myself “Josh, if you are going to get in to this cooking thing you have to learn to love them, they are in just about everything.” And so I started forcing myself to eat them and really take the time to appreciate why they held so much stake in the culinary world. And while it seems a bit forced to uh, force myself to like something, truth is I learned an important thing about taste along the way.
If you spend time appreciating something for what it is, what makes it special, why others like it, why it exists in the world, chances are you can grow to love it as so many others do. Music, again, is similar. Sometimes I will listen to an album of a band whose music doesn’t really get me off and I find myself wanting to get back to what I enjoy. But if I spend a week straight listening, really trying to feel and appreciate what is going on, I find that more often than not I develop an interest and enjoyment for the music.
It is really easy to reject something that our body tells us we do not like but this rejection is based on years and years of past experiences and with a bit of an open mind and an appreciation for the unknown we can grow and develop a taste for just about anything.