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What's your food phobia?

Everybody doesn't like some kind of chow that almost everybody else loves. Me, I'm horrified by fruit. That's baffled and bemused everyone around me lo these years. But even I was surprised when some KPLU staffers revealed their food terrors to me.

From Grooveyard and WESAT host Kevin Kniestedt's hilarious riff on mushrooms to Humanosphere blogger Tom Paulson's pancake rant, you can hear the whole thing in this week's FfT episode. It's worth a listen just for KPLU Office Manager Di Buti's take on one of our most popular condiments.

De gustibus non est disputandum – There's no disputing taste. In the audio I attribute this to the Romans. Later, double-checking my small Latin I found that the provenance of that phrase may well be medieval France. Wherever it came from it's certainly true. 

We like what we like and we dislike what we don't and there's no talking us into or out of it. Former president George H.W. Bush famously hated broccoli – and wasn't shy about saying so. Get all presidential on us and tell what you absolutely, positively will not eat.

"I say it's spinach and I say to hell with it."

– E.B. White caption to the 1928 Carl Rose New Yorker cartoon


Dick Stein joined KNKX in January 1992. He retired in 2020 after three decades on air. During his storied radio career, he hosted the morning jazz show, co-hosted and produced "Food for Thought" with Nancy Leson and wrote and directed the Jimmy Jazzoid live radio musical comedies and 100 episodes of Jazz Kitchen.