Cilantro: A Love Hate Story

Gilt Taste

Tastes change with age. Growing up I was a picky eater, avoiding dill, mustard, casseroles, and fish altogether. Some of these things I've come to like as I've grown: I'll use mustard in a vinaigrette and happily have salmon for dinner. But, the transformations were slow. Which is why Gilt Taste's story of overnight transformation from cilantro hater to cilantro obsessed is something to read.Mei Chin, the James Beard award winning writer, tells the story of her unlikely hate love transformation. Growing up with an intense aversion to cilantro, one whiff of the stuff would sour her stomach for days. Cilantro is powerful stuff. Personally, I could have a bunch of the stuff sitting on my desk all day, perfuming the room and inviting me in for a smell. But, for those who don't like cilantro, feelings sway closer to hatred and complete avoidance. Mei's mother suggested to her that taste for cilantro would perhaps develop as she came of age. And, with this prelude in mind, Mei suddenly started craving the herb during her college years. Now she can't get enough. Read more in her beautiful essay at Gilt Taste.

Read more: I Feared You, Cilantro, and Now I Love You Too Much, written by Mei Chin at Gilt Taste

 Have you ever had an overnight food transformation?

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