America’s most stereotypically hated and reviled food…your thoughts?

Growing up with a chef for a father definitely expanded my culinary horizons. Dinner (and sometimes breakfast) was often whatever the special had been that night, or what had to be moved out of the walk-in to make room for new stock.

Suffice it to say…things that would have sent some kids screaming into the street, were as common as hotdogs and mac-and-cheese at my house.

liver and onions

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One dish that was love at first bite (around the age of 4, I think) was liver and onions, which also happened to be one of Dad’s favorites.

Is there any food that is more stereotypically hated and reviled than the poor ‘ol beef liver? LOL…I don’t think so.

So, given that, due to my background, I may not be a non-partisan judge, I’m bringing the question to you…

Liver & Onions…yes or no?

(and if you have a story, please share it!)

-Chef Perry

PS – My mom once told me, “I didn’t divorce your father for cooking liver…but it didn’t help.”

9 thoughts on “America’s most stereotypically hated and reviled food…your thoughts?

  1. I am a huge fan of liver and onions, but so many people I cook for are not fans. I would love to see some interesting ways to cook liver and onions. I usually us calves liver, but sometimes use chicken livers.

  2. Perry, good morning and Happy New Year. I’m glad to see another parent is passing along what he learned and didn’t fall victim to the horrible parent cook so take out is good! My son has been my sous chef for 5 of his 8 years on earth. His first “weird” food was soft shelled crabs, then we went to frog, alligator, tripe, liver and most recently vension heart. While those are a bit extreme to some, I harken back to two scenarios.

    Keep in mind this is a kid (like me, his Daddy) that doesn’t like macaroni and cheese. But….
    He took left over chicken piccata to school in 1st grade and was laughed at and grossed out even the boys for bringing “Boogers” (the capers) to eat for lunch.
    Last year in 2nd grade, looked at like a 3 headed leper ……..not only did NONE of his classmates ever eat, let alone like, neither did his teacher….Brussel Sprouts. If there is a food that is 1A to 1B with liver, it’s those poor buggers. When he came home with this story I printed off 24 copies of 3 different receipes for Brussel Sprouts…my favorite….Brussell Sprouts aren’t BS!!

    • Larry, that’s awesome, lol! We, too, are big fans of Brussels sprouts, although, admittedly, I hated them as a kid. I spend most of my adult life talking about how much I hated them, until, about two years ago, I broke down and tried them again.

      Loved them!

      Sad to think of all those years I missed out, lol, but it was a valuable lesson. I’m a fan of all of the “nasty bits” you mentioned above, except tripe. I no longer say that I “don’t like” a food, but instead that “I haven’t found a way I like it prepared, yet.” For me, tripe still falls in that category…but I’ll never again turn down a new taste, just in case!

      Thanks for sharing, man! We “bizarre food” dads gotta stick together!

      -Chef Perry

  3. I loathe liver. When I was 5 and at primary school, we were served liver, thinly disguised as old shoe leather and forced to eat it. I used to chop it up into really tiny pieces and hide it under the equally inedible mash potato. I got caught and was made to sit in our big assembly hall and eat my liver. when I refused, citing that it made me physically sick (which incidentally it does) the ‘dinner ladies’ sent for my headmaster. He arrived and asked me to eat my liver. I said no. He then said he was going to call my father to tell him about my behaviour. Most kids would have shovelled the liver in at this point but still I declined it. I was delighted in fact. I said. Yes please call my Daddy because he will tell you I can’t eat liver without being sick. My father arrived about 20minutes later and picked me up in his arms and told the headmaster he was nothing short of a tyrant. He then took me home and I was never forced to eat liver at school again.

  4. hmmmm, liver n onions…up until a few years ago, I couldn’t bring myself to eat it, after being traumatised at school with overcooked tough liver! But I’ve adapted and made my own recipe up with some fresh herbs and pan frying the liver as opposed to baking it in the oven for 3 hours (like teh school dinners!). Now I absolutely love it!

    • Ugh…anyone who cooks liver in the oven, especially for 3 hours, shouldn’t be allowed to cook for children (or anyone, for that matter, lol!)

      -Chef Perry

  5. Growing up in Hong Kong, liver is just another type of meat to eat. It was served by food hawkers outside the schools and theaters, to noodle houses to five-star restaurants. One thing that was different was that the chefs out there seem to twist and turn their cooking techniques to make sure the presentation is stunning and the taste varies, making it interesting.

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