After reading Lesley Porcelli’s online hand-wringing over the future diet of her unborn child, our first impression was one of mild disdain. “Come on, Lesley,” we said to no one in particular, “The kid will be fine. Just don’t be crazy about it and let him or her do his or her own thing and it will all work out.” Having younger siblings made us an early expert on the subject, so she should listen.
But then after lunch (machaca, which we would have hated as a kid) we realized we were totally wrong. Parenting likely has everything to do with raising a child who healthily indulges all sorts of new foods. Where else will the child pick up on that adventurous trait? So in honor of Porcelli’s upcoming youngster, as well as an indulgence in the forces that shaped our own childhood, we went and found this 1988 classic from the king of food songs. Enjoy:
The Kid’s Menu [Gourmet]