Kids Eat ... What?!


Kids Eat ... What?!

When I was a kids, my mom would trick me into eating vegetables by sculpting a face out of tuna salad and decorating it with tomatoes, carrots, and celery (with Mr. Potato Head glasses as a final touch, of course). I tried doing this for my own daughter decades later, and while she rejects the tuna salad face, she likes to build houses out of American cheese.

I liked it, I swear!

I liked it, I swear!

Sasha says it tastes better when the chimney has smoke

Sasha says it tastes better when the chimney has smoke

Whenever Sasha comes up with a new food idea (think: oatmeal crammed into a yogurt squeezer), and I give her a skeptical look, she tells me to ask my “food friend” what he thinks. My food friend is Dan Pashman, who hosts the wonderful podcast The Sporkful.

Here's Dan obsessing over potato chips

Here’s Dan obsessing over potato chips

Dan’s whole approach to talking about food is to focus on eating strategy—to maximize deliciousness in every bite. For example, when Dan was on tour for his book Eat More Better, he did a demo with Oreo cookies.

Dan says if you eat it this way, you'll mostly just taste cookie

Dan says if you eat it this way, you’ll mostly just taste cookie

But if you eat it this way, with the frosting on your tongue, you'll get to taste more frosting

But if you eat it this way, with the frosting on your tongue, you’ll get to taste more frosting

Sasha saw Dan do his Oreo demo when he was at a bookstore in our town, and she was really into it. I think she was amazed to see a grownup playing with his food in the same way that she does.

Before kids learn their culture’s eating rules, they make up their own. And some of their eating habits can seem pretty weird to us adults. So we asked you to call in* your kids’ weirdest food creation, and we brought in Dan to give us his thoughts on those creations. In this episode, I also reveal to Dan my own weird food hangup that I’ve had since childhood.

*Many of you used our app to call in your answers. We change up the question every other week, and use our favorite answers on the show! Download the app here. And if you don’t have an iPhone, we always welcome answers via email. Just record your name, where you’re calling from, and answer our burning question.

We KNOW you’ve got amazing pictures of your kids eating!
Dig up your faves or take new ones and post them to Twitter or Instagram with #kideaters. We’ll share the best ones on this blog!

Top photo: Richard Frank; Dan Pashman analyzing potato chips photo: Lilia Cretcher

31 thoughts on “EPISODE #63: Kids Eat … What?!

  1. Ah man Hilary I also have the “white goo” thing and have had ever since I was a child. I call it horror of the “white and creamy”. I have had many conversations like the one you had saying yes I can’t eat cream cheese no melted American cheese is fine. I also have a 9 month old daughter who will only eat food that is liberally doused in plain white goo yoghurt. It’s an act of pure love feeding her as even the yoghurt ending up on my fingers totally creeps me out. I’m hoping she’ll grow out of it.

  2. In Russia people drink something called mazhitel, which is a fruit juice and milk product. EVERYONE drinks this and doesn’t think twice about it, but when my boyfriend first bought it for me I was like, you drink WHAT? However, it wasn’t as bad as boxed orange juice plus milk, and I deign to drink it occasionally.

  3. Just catching up on some older podcasts today and this one made me remember my own weird childhood foods. Ham and ketchup sandwiches. And I would only eat my grilled cheese with grape jelly on top. That actually sounds good – I might have that for lunch today :)

  4. Listening to this episode reminded me when growing up of how I loved to eat SpaghettiOs on a peanut butter sandwich. I would even take it to school for lunch. My friends thought it was the strangest thing. I convinced them to try it and they loved it as well! There was a period of time when all of us would pack SpaghettiOs and peanut butter sandwiches for lunch.

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