Abby: Friend’s food criticism hard for pair to swallow

Dear Abby
Jeanne Phillips

Dear Abby: My wife and I have a friend, “Jonah,” whom we love dearly, but he has no filter. He’s college-educated, has a white-collar job and is over 50. The problem is, anytime we invite him for dinner or take food items to his house, he makes horrible remarks about my wife’s cooking, particularly when it’s a holiday party based on my wife’s Slavic heritage.

My wife is a really good cook. No one else makes fun of these foods, many of which are common in the U.S., but Jonah makes negative comments every time. I have told him it’s rude, and so has my wife.

We would hate not inviting him to future parties with our usual crowd, but it gets me upset when he does this. My wife has actually prepared an alternative meal for him so he won’t have to eat the “heritage-style” food. He even makes snide comments when I bring foods popular in other parts of the U.S.

Abby, do we continue inviting him or not? It is straining our friendship.

In A Food Fight

in New Hampshire

Dear In A Food Fight: Because Jonah has indicated that he doesn’t like the food at your parties, stop inviting him. And because he doesn’t appreciate the effort when you bring regional food to his home, stop doing that, too. If he asks why he wasn’t included, feel free to give him an “unfiltered” answer. If you visit him, bring a generic house gift, such as nuts, a box of candy, a bottle of wine. If he doesn’t accept it graciously, stop doing that, too.

With a “friend” like Jonah, it would be better to socialize at a restaurant that serves food he does like, or at an activity that doesn’t revolve around food. I am amazed that you have tolerated his behavior this long.

Dear Abby: My wife has gained a little weight and has become self-conscious about how she looks. I have told her she’s still beautiful. We haven’t been intimate in three months and I think it’s because she’s afraid I won’t like how different she looks without clothes.

I don’t know how to tell her my love for her isn’t based on her physical beauty. It’s based on who she is as a person. THAT’S what is beautiful to me. You have any feedback for me?

Loving Her in Louisiana

Dear Loving Her: Before jumping to conclusions about why you and your wife haven’t been intimate, I think you should ask her directly. It may have nothing to do with her weight — and it could be something she should discuss with her gynecologist.

Of course, it never hurts to tell a woman that she’s beautiful because of who she is in your eyes and that she always will be. It’s a song we women never tire of hearing — and the chorus is always welcome music.

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