at some point when my kids were small, i heard or read that you have to introduce some foods, especially those with bitter flavors, to kids as many at 82 times before they will consider them tasty, or appealing, or edible. my first dozen encounters with mackerel were a lot like a 4 year old being asked to eat spinach and canned peas. but this morning, i looked forward to the arrival of our fishmonger in the village square. and this evening, i ate hungrily a mackerel grilled over vinewood, with a couple of slices of lemon in his belly, and rubbed with olive oil and salt. he tasted like mackerel. and i loved him for who he was.