If have to eat a lot of calories and assuming they do that on a vegetarian diet, they're eating so much roughage that there may be an evaluatioary incentive to lose a refined sense of taste ๐Ÿ‘…

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This in turn may lead to a fantasy setting where cultural centaur foods and dishes are either basically types of hay and roots meant to be consumed in bulk, and then intensely powerfully flavored dishes that get through to the robust sense of taste

Needless to say, the proclivity of centaur cuisine is to be an acquired taste favored by other rough and hearty species, and probably a point of contention with traditional elves and some humans, though you'll find humans filling every niche of the fantasy world ๐Ÿค”

@Taris they could also focus heavily on mouthfeel

@PyreNode ohhh I hadn't thought of that! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿšซ๐ŸŒต

@Taris See, all of this also assumes they're obligate herbivores, when in fact they always are depicted with the same teeth as humans.

I propose an alternative that instead of eating literal bales of greenery, they actually gorge themselves on super Calorie-dense foods with tons of sugar and fat, so almost everything they eat ranges from delicious to "OMG this will kill most races in 3 bites." They would buy bulk soda syrup and drink the whole box straight. Eat a whole goose.

@Taris If anything salad could be seen as decadent since they'd almost certainly eat it for flavor and texture rather than Caloric intake and they'd have zero time for lettuce. Spinach all the way, or else cooked in bacon fat. Carrots would be a guilty pleasure. They'd need to justify it by merits of vitamins and minerals and other essential nutrients.

@bluestarultor yup. I was just going from vegetarian to keep it simple, and I feel like a lot of depictions include poorly define druidic religious that precludes most cases of red meat save the occasional rampaging boat they were going to kill anyway.

PS, it's late I might be stuck on a single train of thought ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿš‚

@Taris I mean honestly the Greeks had exactly one vaguely druidic one in Chiron. Most were fearsome warriors and essentially monsters in the stories they appeared in. Being half animal was not a compliment in Greek mythology. It always spoke to a baser nature, or even like with the minotaur a nature that excluded you from both the natural and human worlds and meant you ate people by default.

@Taris Iceberg lettuce and celery would be pure audacity, having no flavor or nutrients to speak of, and celery especially for its high fiber, symbols of either some horrible fad diet or because it's dressed up with something light as an amuse-bouche and they have a ten-pound plate of bacon for the next course. They'd be like, "no, by all means, fill yourself up with nothing, you'll never believe what's awaiting." And then out come the steins of pork fat melted into maple syrup.

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