Via Kathy, ten foods I will not eat:
(I omit political choices and the long list of things I'm not supposed to eat. These are aesthetic choices and personal quirks:)
1. Raw nuts. My sister won't eat them either; something must have spooked us at an early age. Unlike her I will eat nuts in things, use nut flours, crushed nut toppings, creamy peanut butter (I know, it's not a nut), and I whip up a deadly walnut tart for the holidays. But it their unprocessed form, no.
2. Brussels sprouts/cauliflower. I won't even stay in the house with Brussels sprouts. I love broccoli and like cabbage, but not their cousins.
3. Water chestnuts. A deal breaker in Chinese restaurants.
4. Cilantro. The incontinent addition of this stinkbug of the Spice World (oh, sorry) is my capsule comment on what happened to American cuisine when a bunch of trade-school geniuses took over.
5. Kumquats. I ate one once just to be polite to a girlfriend's father. I was nearly impolite to the table setting.
6. Beets. Nope.
7. Cucumber. Once in a while, faced with going hungry or returning the thing I'll go ahead and eat a gyros with cuke-scented sour cream, but nothing beyond an emergency.
8. Clams. Probably the only seafood I won't touch, though I'll use clam juice in cooking. My wife used to drink that Clammato stuff.
9. Blue cheeses. I will eat any other cheese on the planet (except the distinctly American delicacy known as "cheese food product"), including goat cheeses that smell like there's a goat inside, but I never developed a taste for the blues.
10. Fast food, other than pizza.