Changing Tastes: From Loathe to Like

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Until very recently, I loathed sweet potatoes. I am not sure why; they just made my skin crawl. Maybe it was the over-sweetened purees that pass for sweet potato dishes at holiday potlucks; maybe it was the combination of marshmallows and vegetable.

But lately I have had a wicked craving for sweet potatoes. Baked, roasted, steamed and mashed - sweet potato fries, sweet potato chips. I have no idea what effected this change; who knows what mysterious nutritional deficiencies are at play?

But it made me curious - are there any foods that you hated and suddenly fell in love with? Anything you despised and then adored? What made the change? Do you know? Or is it just a mystery of tastebud evolution?

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.