You must have a thick skin to be a cook / chef - it is required - part of the job description. It comes with the turf. There is no way to please all the people all the time. As hard as we try - someone isn't going to
If you are cooking for clients - and ask for feed back - you best be prepared to get that feed back and it isn't all going to be positive. But when it is - it feels good - very good.
Cooking for family is even worse - they make no bones about what they like and dislike.
Years ago I remember knowing that the only meal I could serve that
everyone in the family liked was spaghetti - it had to be from a large jar of
Prego and had to include hamburger. The type of pasta was somewhat negotiable - thick or thin - never cork screw or
Penne pasta. Salad was
iceberg lettuce with Ranch dressing.... period. We all survived and grew into people who love a variety of food. The daughter who thought ketchup was "spicy" married a man of
Hispanic heritage and is now cooking Chili
Rellenos & Tamales.
The subject of having a "Tough Skin" brings me to the buzz - the recipe exchange.... if you ask a question - be prepared for opinions! You will get what you asked for - varied opinions from all walks of life.
If your published recipe doesn't get all 5 star reviews - think of it as family - not everything appeals to everyone. If it did - we would be a boring lot - eating
hamburger and thick or thin spaghetti.
If you post an OT - personal issue - I am sure some are hoping for nothing but understanding and sympathy...well there are always two sides to every story and you have to consider all opinions - or save your breath and don't
ask. Sometimes the life experiences of someone else might help sort out your problem - not to say that it will feel comfortable or good. But if you ask - be prepared for a variety of answers. None of these opinions are an attack on YOU personally - they
are just that, opinions.
Sorry for the bit of a rant .... people come and go from the Buzz - as time passes, needs change, schedules allow time to cruise the Buzz and sometimes they don't. All in all - this is a great forum. A forum for food
- family - sharing - happiness and loss.
For me - you all bring a richness to my life that I cherish.