I hated any vegetable that my Mother cooked, she used the canned stuff, and boiled them into a mush like spackling compound. The carrots seemed to emit this burnt electrical smell, which made me check to make sure my amp was not on fire. Raw carrots, cucumbers, celery were wonderful, we cook our veggies on the grill, and even brussel sprouts are acceptable. My Mother in law was a wonderful cook that could make anything taste great, fortunately my Wife picked up her cooking skills.This is chef dependent. I too was a cooked carrot hater until I figured out how to make them awesome. My family begs me to cook my carrots or my broccoli or my asparagus when we have get togethers.