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Celebrity chef Tyler Florence explains why it's okay to use spices when you cook for your kids.
Lindsay: What seasonings and spices are okay to use in the baby-food making and which ones do you stay away from?
Tyler: I would probably stay away from chili for the most part, you know? But that being said, like, you really, you have to realize that there are babies all over the world, right? So there are Asian small children that grow up with Asian flavors. There are small children in India that grow up with like curry flavors. There are small children in Latin America that grow up with sort of robust chili-like flavors, right? So there's nothing that's off limits…
Lindsay: It's all about what you serve.
Tyler: There's nothing that off limits, right?
Lindsay: We have this great blogger on Momformation, Dr. Lisa Dana, and she's a pediatrician actually, and she once told me that sometimes it's her Indian patients that have the best eaters as babies and toddlers because they are cooking for them like they have been cooked for as they grew up. So, spices and curries. And the babies love them. It’s the palate that they've sort of grown up with.
Tyler: We in this country have been convinced that we don't know how to cook for our children. And it's almost like we're kind of robbed of this instinctual desire to feed and satiate our family.
And also the most important thing is I think to stick with your heritage. Like, I think there's nothing more important than letting your children know where they come from through flavors and dishes. Like if it's your grandmother's thing that she's been making forever and you grew up with that dish, make it for your kids so they understand where they're from.
Tyler: You know, there's a very homogenized world out there. And it's all about the big five: It's all about pizza and hamburgers and chicken nuggets and French fries and hot dogs. And if anything outside that category, American kids won't eat it. And it's just not the case: Our kids love Thai food.
Lindsay: Yeah, ours do too!
Tyler: Love Thai food. Cause it's a very complex place, a very complex taste. And that's what I'm saying, it's like spicy, sour, salty, sweet … They're like, oh my God …
Lindsay: All in one!
Tyler: Wow! Like, Tom Yum Ghai soup, they love it!
So it's really about providing a menu, if you want to think about it like that, of experiences for your children to try, to taste. If it doesn't really work out, it's not like you fail the concept out, you just reintroduce it, introduce it later on.
Lindsay: Later on, you keep trying.