I was born a bad Southerner. I didn't like pinto beans or fried chicken or the 4 million other kinds of Southern foods.
Now I'm a bad Jew. I don't like cholent. From what I can tell, its purpose isn't to be good. Its purpose is to be hot food on days we can't prepare proper food. And it gets that job done well.
I've had a couple of bowls of cholent that were decent, but I'm always skeptical of the cholent crockpot. Yet, since I'm not very smart, I keep trying it, thinking that "this time will be different." It usually isn't, but luckily I have two trusted cholent chefs in my life.
What's my point? Thanks to modern technology, it's not necessary to eat cholent. We have so many other options, but we cling to cholent because it's tradition and because making "the best" cholent is some true bragging rights.
Maybe we can come to a compromise - I made an awesome Mexican cholent!
And while we're at it, I hate gefilte fish. Keep that nasty stuff away from me!