My step-sister sent me this fantastic Harold McGee article on cilantro. Apparently, I am not the only person that can't stand the stuff. Even the smell makes me gag, and I can't even eat parsley just because it looks too much like cilantro.
Here's a bit of the article:
By HAROLD McGEE
Published: April 13, 2010
"FOOD partisanship doesn’t usually reach the same heights of animosity as the political variety, except in the case of the anti-cilantro party. The green parts of the plant that gives us coriander seeds seem to inspire a primal revulsion among an outspoken minority of eaters."
You can read the rest here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/14/dining/14curious.html