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Cooking for a Supertaster?

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Okay, so I am a former chef, love cooking, and somehow I ended up married to a guy who thinks all bread comes from Wonder! LOL

Anyways after years of trying to tempt him with different dishes I have definitely broadened his palette, but there are a lot of foods he just won't eat.

The other day I was watching a show that seemed to give an answer. I think he is what they described as an "overtaster", but in doing research online most sites seem to refer to as a Supertaster.

We did a brief test, and it seems to be true, but in doing research online, there are sites that acknowledge the supertaster, but no where does it tell you how to cook for them :)

So does anyone have any ideas, stories, suggestions about how they got their supertaster, picky eater, or heathen to eat more than Wonder Bread and sliced cheese? Fruits and veggies are the hardest.

Thanks all!
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Sounds like you have your work cut out for you. How old is this person?!? :)
Reminds me of when the kids were little.

Does he cook at all? If not, maybe start him cooking a couple of simple dishes - say spag bog, stew or soup or salad even, see if it piques his interest in food. Try getting him to cook one meal a week -maybe on the weekend when there's more time. I know my other half got more interested in food and its preparation after we bought a bbq and I involved him more in the food prep and choosing cuts of meat. Whereas before he couldn't tell lamb from steak would you believe.
Would he go grocery shopping with you and get him involved in choosing what you buy?

Trouble is I've always cooked for my husband and his mother did the same. My fault, made rod for my own back. His brother loves cooking and is one of the best amateur cooks I know, so its weird.

Men love gadgets. (I'm generalising I know I apologise). If he's a boy that likes his toys, maybe take him out shopping and get a new kitchen gadget - blender, juicer, bread making machine, slow cooker, something along those lines, maybe that will entice him to take an interest in the variety of foods out there. Get a good recipe book at the same time for that gadget. We bought a breadmaker and now we're having all kinds of breads. One of my brothers now bakes some really great breads after his wife got one too.

Don't know if any of that will help. You can hide all sorts of vegies in soups or patties/ rissoles (my son hates mushrooms but I get them into his burgers!). Roasted veg are often more tempting for picky eaters - I introduced parsnips and sweet potatoes to my kids this way, now they'll eat them however they are cooked. When I make cream of pumpkin soup there's always pumpkin, but I vary it to include all sorts of things: celery, turnips, swedes, sweet potatoes, carrots, potatoes, onions, cauliflower.... the list goes on. The pumpkin seems to mask the others fairly well.

And fruits - maybe something like coolis to go with deserts, nice mango sauce for icecream. You've probably tried all these already over the years....good luck with it!

Hope this helps.
 Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy.
Robert A. Heinlein

 Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy.
Robert A. Heinlein

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I am what they call a "supertaster". This just means I have more taste buds than the average person. I can, for instance, taste the natural salt in milk. As a supertaster, I tend to under-season dishes, and so rely on other peoples' judgement when making food that will be eaten by several people. I normally hit it pretty close or right on, but I still ask someone else's opinion. Supertasters in general intensely dislike anything bitter such as grapefruit, liver, beer, coffee and some paprikas. I love coffee and semi-sweet chocolate, but don't usually like foods cooked with beer or wine because of the bitter aftertaste. I am not a fussy eater and I don't think being a supertaster would be the cause of your husbands pickiness either. I have a brother-in-law and a friend whose husband were both almost impossible to cook for. "I don't like that" was all we ever heard. Their problem was they'd both come from a background of poverty, and so had never been exposed to many foods as their families could not afford them. I've also seen this occur with people whose families didn't cook. Keep trying to get him to try new things and the situation will improve.
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