What Do You Do When Taste Buds Clash?

A friend of ours recently lamented that his girlfriend can't stand garlic. Meanwhile, he considers it a staple and is having a hard time scaling it down in his favorite Korean recipes. Uh-oh!

How do you deal with the challenges of cooking for someone who doesn't share your taste buds, especially if they are your partner or someone for whom you cook on a regular basis? If they have allergies or a medical reason, you definitely need to avoid the ingredient but what if they're picky or just really don't like that one herb, spice, or vegetable that you can't imagine life without?

We're curious to hear your stories and advice!

Related: How Do You Get Fussy Adults to Eat Their Vegetables?

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Emily Ho is a Los Angeles-based writer, recipe developer, and educator on topics such as food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. She is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and Food Swap Network. Learn more at Roots & Marvel