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Ask Amy: Partner is offended by tasteless gift

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

You NEVER tell a cook how to cook! Ever. Especially when they are doing it for free, as a favor.

If this son-in-law does not like his mother-in-law’s cooking, then he can cook his own or eat out of a can.

– Disgusted

Dear Disgusted: Even though she was aware of her son-in-law’s extreme aversion to onions, this mother-in-law insisted on including them in everything.

He isn’t telling her how to cook.


She is telling him how to eat.


(You can email Amy Dickinson at or send a letter to Ask Amy, P.O. Box 194, Freeville, NY 13068. You can also follow her on Twitter @askingamy or Facebook.)

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