As a cilantro-hater, welllll….maybe that’s too harsh a word, cilantro- disliker…. LOL 🙂 that’s better, but starting to be ok with SMALL amounts, well-incorporated in other foods, I really got a kick out of browsing this site. These people mean business! They are confirmed cilantro-haters. Their stories are varied but all agree, cilantro is a food item to be feared and avoided at all costs!!!
My own cilantro story happened at a Chapter’s book- signing. I had brought a sample tray of goodies for shoppers to try while taking a look at my cookbook. A recipe that has always been a hit at book- signings and demos is my, Hummus with a Twist. People were standing around, paging through copies of my cookbook and happily munching on crackers and hummus. One man came up to the table and instead of saying anything or looking at a book or eating, just kept staring at the crackers and hummus, a look of fear in his eyes!!!
Finally….after several minutes, I had to ask him if something was the matter. He gravely pointed to the food tray and boomed, ‘ Those green specks in the hummus, are they CILANTRO???? I HATE cilantro, even the smell of cilantro grosses me out, I can’t even stand having it in the fridge. ‘ And on and on and on he ranted……Other people started looking at him in a strange way, then put their heads down and went back to checking out books. He went on with his tale of cilantro woe, apparently he had (horror of horrors!) unknowingly married a cilantro-LOVER!!! Wow, talk about opposites attracting .
I was happy to tell him, the ‘green specks’ were lovely fresh rosemary….He quickly grabbed a hummus-coated cracker, picked up (and bought) my cookbook and soon was on his way to the checkout line. Now there was a man who needed to know about the I Hate Cilantro site…I truly hope that he finds this great support group. Perhaps they will be able to help him cope with his ‘problem’ ….but never to forget the insensitive remarks, those who have openly mocked him, unable to understand the depths of his food despair…..
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