If you’re like me, you’re struggling to get your child to expand his or her culinary repertoire beyond chicken nuggets, pizza, and macaroni and cheese. It’s not like I expect him to devour kim chee his first time out, but it would be nice if he would take a bite of a California roll or sample some samosas.
My strategy has been to get him to take two bites of something and then if he doesn’t like it, we don’t argue about it. But this is a long process and I’m afraid I’m a little impatient. Many parents have suggested that my son and I prepare these recipes together, and this has been slightly more successful. We’ve already made California rolls, African peanut soup, and shrimp and soba noodle soup.
It seems like exposure to different foods is a long process. For some people, they will never develop a taste for more adventurous food. Then again, you never know. Your child – or mine – might grow up to be the next Jeff Corwin!