Schrambling: Stop Kidding Around in the Kitchen

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In a Slate article, foodie grumpus Regina Schrambling puts her finger on exactly why the kiddie foodie trend is so annoying (almost as annoying as Rachael Ray!). First of all, she says, a kids place isnt in the kitchen, near dangerous knives and food processors (she recalls Lee Atwaters toddler brother being burned to death by boiling water). Second, though they have taste buds that we dont, kids dont have adult powers of flavor identification, since they lack experience, tend to rank texture over taste (they dont like slimy things), and tend to favor sweet over savory for possibly biological reasons which might explain the results she gets when she bakes zucchini chocolate-chip bread based on a Julian Kreusser recipe: It was gooey, due to a cup of molasses, a cup of sugar, and chocolate chips, and it was as subtly flavored as an all-day sucker. Schrambling concludes: On a larger scale, the trend emphasizes the worst of the food frenzy today: the celebration of celebrity and novelty over authenticity and seriousness. Add to that, its totally unfair to pit kids against adults in sexy-chef competitions!

Too Many Kiddie Cooks Spoil the Broth [Slate]