In France, pleasure, or “plaisir,” is not a dirty word. It’s not considered hedonistic to pursue pleasure. Perhaps a better translation of the word is “enjoyment” or even “delight.” Pleasure, in fact, takes the weight of a moral value, because according to the French, pleasure serves as a compass guiding people in their actions. And parents begin teaching their children from very early childhood in a process called the education of taste, or “l’éducation du gout.”
The education of taste means teaching children to appreciate and savor the wide variety of flavors in the world and to eat properly at the table.
An excellent piece about why taste education matters, and how you can start teaching your children to eat everything, one meal at a time.
If you’re interested in more on this subject, we recommend these books:
French Kids Eat Everything – Karen Le Billon
Bringing Up Bébé – Pamela Druckerman