Dear 100 Hour Board,
My ladyfriend is an EXTREMELY picky eater and cannot fully comprehend the joys I derive from sampling delicious foods. What can I do to help her? I fear her gustatory aversions are limiting her quality of life.
- (The Sleepless Hoosier)
Don't be too devastated by the fact that it may very well be a hopeless cause. Sorry.
The Goblin King was a very, very picky eater all growing up. I used to tell her that someday, she was going to get amnesia, then ask me what foods she liked to eat, and I wouldn't tell her. Bwahahaha. She ended up losing her pickiness after a summer in Central America and a semester in Russia.
So... amnesia or study abroad. That's my best bet.
~ Dragon Lady
Repeat after me: "Suck it up, princess."
-Kicks and Giggles
Azriel and Kicks and Giggles are totally right, man. Spoiled chicks are bad news, and they only get worse with time. If she won't eat normal food like the rest of us, start running and don't look back.
I've had a few friends over the years with surprisingly limited taste in food. I went through the same moral dilemma you did--it's a sad thing that they miss out entirely on foods that are so obviously delicious. Good food makes me so happy, but I came to the realization that with most of my picky friends, the same foods would make them miserable. If my roommate would rather have plain white rice than the amazing stir fry that's supposed to go on top, well, I guess that's her choice.
One or two friends were open to trying new foods, and became less picky over the years. But they were the exception to the rule. I say, if she's open to trying little bits of this or that occasionally, great! But if she's not, don't push it. She's free to choose, even if the same choice would make you miserable.
Just because the individual in question is a picky eater doesn't mean that she's spoiled. Also, who's to say what "normal" is? Be it far from me to even try.