The real dilemma: when to say no.

Even a Foodie's Kid Can Enjoy McNuggets

Megan McArdle is a Bloomberg View columnist. She wrote for the Daily Beast, Newsweek, the Atlantic and the Economist and founded the blog Asymmetrical Information. She is the author of "“The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success.”
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Michael Pollan has written to say that in last week’s article on food and family, I misread the passage in "The Omnivore’s Dilemma" where he describes the bad experience he and his family had at McDonald's:

My son used to love McD's and he was such a picky eater we were thrilled when he deigned to eat a Mcd's hamburger or chicken nuggets. I was negative on McD's in Omnivore's Dilemma, where we had a lousy meal, it's true, but you slander my son by crediting him with anti-Mcd's elitist sentiments. He's only recently come around.

I apologize for my misreading, though I have to say that I am grateful for the chance to remind you that even a child of Pollan’s may be a picky eater. Take note, America: There is hope for the rest of us. And thanks to the very nice Michael Pollan, who was gracious enough to tweet the article with kind words anyway.

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