Mice and rats love cheese, except that they actually don't. It's an old wives' tale that has been debunked. A more practical thing to bait rodent traps with is peanut butter, since it's less likely to spoil and more attractive to rodents than cheese.
Cats love milk, except that it's not good for them. Don't feed your cats milk. Feed them (ironically) cheese instead—yes, they love cheese, and unlike milk they can digest it cleanly.
Monkeys and apes love bananas. This one dates back to the work of primatologist Jane Goodall, who used bananas in order to get close to the chimpanzees she was studying.
Bunnies' love of carrots was actually derived from Bugs Bunny, and though some do, others prefer bananas and grass hay.
Small birds and seeds or worms, except for parrots and crackers.
Ducks and other waterfowl and bread.
Horses and hay, and oats, and the occasional cube of sugar.
Sharks and humans. You can thank Jaws for this one, because it's not true. The average number of people killed every years by sharks is often in the single-digits, and sharks typically won't eat humans even if they do attack. Apparently, sharks don't like the taste of us. Sharks sense humans as bad-tasting diet food with little fat and lots of bone and which fights back. The real favorite food of sharks would be seals, since they provide lots of fat.
Bears and honey, fish, or whatever people leave in picnic baskets. In fact, in some languages the word for bear roughly translates to honey-eater or honey-pig.
Anteaters are called anteaters in English for the same reason.
Pandas and bamboo.
Frogs and long tongued reptiles eat flies.
Snakes steal eggs or eat rodents whole.
Koalas eat mostly eucalyptus leaves, a toxic plant which most other animals can't tolerate or digest, making koalas a vital part of the ecosystem.
Ronald Reagan and jelly beans, to the point that there is a portrait of him at his presidential library made of Jelly Bellies (his preferred brand) and he required that Air Force One have them at all times. There's a duplicate at their factory too. He started eating them regularly to help him quit smoking and the habit never went away. On the 1983 flight of the Space Shuttle orbiter Challenger, Reagan had some jelly beans stashed on board in secret as a surprise for the astronauts.
William Howard Taft was known for being a Big Eater and for the lavish banquets he held at the White House; however, he had a surprisingly healthy favorite food: almonds. He ate them when he was worried, and claimed they helped him think. He kept up the almond habit after losing over a hundred pounds and becoming Chief Justice; since thinking is more or less a judge's job, we'll assume he ate a lot of almonds then.
George W. Bush's favorite food is enchiladas, a Mexican dish consisting of shredded, melted cheese rolled into softened corn tortillas and topped with a spicy, chili powder-based sauce, more cheese, and diced onions. He often had the White House chef prepare them for him and based his favorite restaurants in his home state of Texas off of the strength of their enchiladas.
Dubya's dad George H.W. Bush was partial to crispy fried pork rinds, aka chicharrones. This salty snack is a Southern American and Mexican staple and is slightly similar to the British favorite pork cracklings (except cracklings aren't as "clean" as pork rinds). He also had a trademark least favorite food: broccoli.
Lyndon B. Johnson loved the citrus soda Fresca so much that he had a special tap installed in the Oval Office that dispensed nothing but the drink.
Bill Clinton was known for his love of McDonald's and fried chicken, to the point where it gave him a heart attack and forced him to undergo cardiac surgery. Bill's habits led to several amusing incidents in The '90s like the one where the President, after going on a morning jog per doctor's orders, stops by a McDonald's near the White House to order a breakfast (with, at least according to some reports, "a small diet soda"). A New Yorker cartoon shows a crew member handing him a to-go bag with a cheery "Have a nice Administration!"
President Barack Obama is a fan of fancy chocolates, especially Fran's Chocolates, an artisan chocolate brand from Seattle.
Richard Nixon — Cottage Cheese and Ketchup. He once explained he picked up the habit because his grandmother credited cottage cheese for her living into her 90s, and he wanted to live longer as well. However, he hated the taste of cottage cheese, but loved the taste of ketchup, and found combining them made cottage cheese much more palatable.
Thomas Jefferson loved macaroni (with and without cheese), and served it to his guests often.
In this interview during March 2013, former First Lady, Secretary of State, and presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton says that, since 1992, she has used hot chili peppers to maintain her stamina.
Pope Francis has several favorites, as outlined in the new cookbook Buon Appetito, Swiss Guard (compiled by David Geisser, a member of the Swiss Guard and a cook himself), including colita de cuadril (grilled sirloin steak) and dulche de leche, a milk pudding that originates from his native Argentina. As a second-generation Italian-Argentine, it should also come as no surprise that he's a big fan of pasta.
The favorites of other recent Popes are detailed in the book:
John Paul II liked pierogi, a Polish dumpling made from unleavened dough, stuffed with potato, sauerkraut, meat, cheese or fruit.
Benedict XVI likes specialties from his native Bavaria, including wurstel salad (potato salad with bacon and cucumber), schweinsbraten (roast pork served with potatoes and onions) and baked cherries topped with whipped cream.
English sailors were once known for eating limes to fight scurvy. This is the origin of the slur "limey", and a British ship was called a "lime juice tub". They originally used lemons, but lemons were produced in French colonies and limes in British colonies, so they switched to the more patriotic (and less vitamin C rich) option.
The French slur against the British is to call them "les rosbifs," note French pronunciation of "the roast beefs" due to the British stereotypical love of roast beef. To be fair, during the Napoleonic Wars, this was very much Truth in Television, as the British viewed French cooking as effete and wimpy, and took pride in eating "manly" dishes like roast beef, and the British even wrote a songabout it.
Regions in Britain have their own trademark foods:
The Northern English and their black pudding and tripe.
Londoners and their jellied eel.
The Welsh and leeks (vide Henry V) and cheese (the English have been joking about the Welsh affinity for cheese for centuries, with a 16th-century book making reference to a Welshman loving caws pobi—baked cheese—and "Welsh rabbit"—which, for the uninitiated, is cheese sauce over toast—being named after this joke).
Scots and their haggis and porridge (recall Samuel Johnson's dictionary definition of oats).note If you don't know it: "Oats. n.s. [aten, Saxon.] A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people."
French and frog's legs, sparking the slur "frog", which was later expanded to include French Canadians. They also eat snails.
They also have a thing for cheese, given that many major cheeses such as brie, camembert and roquefort are named after the regions in France where they originated. Most formal meals in France will have a cheese course.
France is also famous for its wine production. French cuisine is considered to be the best in the world, and Wine Is Classy, after all. As with cheese, the names of French wines are taken from the regions in which the grapes are grown.
Belgians and French fries (which has nothing to do with France, but with the verb "to french". Other Belgian dishes are mussles, sprouts, waterzooi and waffles. Very much Truth in Television in central Brussels, where every pub stinks of cooked mussels and there is at least one French fries vendor at each corner.
Dutchmen, Swiss people and Frenchmen have a penchant for cheese.
Dutchmen and herring which is eaten by tilting your head back and putting the fish slowly down in your mouth.
Germans and kraut-based foods, hence a slur during World War II when Germans were called "Krauts" by American soldiers.
While in Russia, Germans (and Austrians) have been called kolbasniki (sausage-makers) for centuries, such as in Tolstoy's War and Peace.
In Russia and Ukraine Belarusians are sometimes referred to by the nickname/mild ethnic slur bulbashi - bulba is the Belarusian word for "potato" and potatoes are a staple of their cuisine. The most well known example of Belarusian cuisine is draniki - potato pancakes.
Ukrainians are well known for their love for salo - cured slabs of pork fat.
Irish people have also been stereotyped as eating nothing but potatoes, which comes from the sudden influx of Irish immigrants to the US because of the Potato Blight. Not to mention the reputation Irishmen have for loving whiskey.....
"Spaghettis'' and "Macaronis" can be used as anti-Italian slurs in German-speaking countries.
East Asians are considered synonymous with rice.
Pork is so important to Chinese cuisine that when the word for meat (肉) appears in the name of a dish without qualification, it invariably refers to pork.
Koreans are well known for their love of Kimchi(especially Baechu(napa cabbage)-Kimchi). They eat it as a side dish in nearly every meal.
Koreans are also infamous for boshintang, aka dog soup. China sometimes gets lumped in with them on this.
However, dog soup is starting to fall out of favor with the younger Koreans due to concerns over animal rights and sanitation; the raising of dogs for food is not regulated like the raising of livestock such as chickens, pigs and cows.
Depictions of Americans from other cultures will often feature a love of burgers and fries. Americans also have a reputation for slathering everything with melted cheese.
Regional trademark foods:
Hawaii is one of the only places in the world where you'll be able to find SPAM in a McDonald's or Burger King. They even make sushi out of it!
In New Jersey and certain surrounding areas, the favored processed meat is pork roll, a/k/a Taylor Ham. This Trenton creation has been popular in NJ, Delaware, eastern Pennsylvania, and northeastern Maryland basically since the stuff was invented in 1858. The name is a point of contention: it was originally called Taylor Ham, and people in North Jersey continue to call it that, but in 1906 the federal Pure Food and Drug Act forced the Taylor Company to stop calling it ham, so in South Jersey the newer but technically correct usage "pork roll" predominates. (Trenton, where the stuff is from, is in Central Jersey, where they use a mix of both; the city's official celebration of the meat is called the "Pork Roll Festival," but this is at least partly done to avoid alienating the two or three other companies hawking their variant on the stuff at the festival.)
Somewhat similarly, scrapple, a meaty loaf made of "every part of the pig but the squeal" (plus some cornmeal) is popular in eastern Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania is also a huge fan of pretzels: the soft ones are popular across the state (although the Philadelphia area argues with the rest of the state about what shape they should be), and the hard ones were invented in PA.
Chicago loves sausages. Kielbasa, bratwurst, hot dogs...if it's made of meat and put in a casing, Chicago will gobble it up. Also known for their pride in their local deep dish pizza.
Both Boston and Baltimore are stereotyped as having obsessions with seafood (clams and crabs, respectively). This is absolutely true.
Racist depictions of African American people invariably feature a love of fried chicken and watermelon, rustic foods from the South. Collard greens are another stereotyped food. The entire "Soul Food" style of cooking is based around foods that are actually popular in the black community.
Southerners are also associated with certain foods, such as berbecue, corn pone, mint juleps, moonshine whiskey, and of course peanuts, immortalized in the song "Goober Peas" popular with the Confederate Army and the mileage comedians all over the world got out of President Jimmy Carter owning a peanut farm.
In addition to many typical southern foods, Louisiana has gumbo, jambalaya and po' boys.
For Puerto Ricans, it would be "Arroz con habichuelas" or some Tostones and Mofongo.
Sweden has regional stereotypes as well. People from Skåne, the southernmost part of Sweden are heavily stereotyped as consuming nothing but fish and a kind of local pastry known as "spättekaka", to the point where there is a slur refering to them as "sillstrypare" (herring strangler).
Finnish people are stereotyped as having their favorite candy being salty licorice (salmiakki), which is an acquired taste in other cultures. Other Scandinavians and Eastern Europeans also like it, but it's not as widespread.
The people of the Nordic countries are also known for drinking large amounts of coffee, which is frequently served black, because they feel that any additions such as milk or sugar dilute the flavor.
Mexicans are often slurred with the term "Beaner," referring to the black, pinto, and refried beans common in Tex-Mex food.
Australians will put another shrimp on the barbie! (Which is completely inaccurate - firstly, they call them prawns, not shrimp, and secondly, they prefer sausages, chops and steak on the barbie). The association with beer and Vegemite is accurate, though.
Swedes and the rest of Scandinavia, consider pickled herring a delicacy, and it is eaten at Christmas, Easter, Walpurgis night, and Midsummer's eve. Surströmming however, is only a trademark food.
22 out of 23 dishes on a Romanian restaurant's menu probably contain pork, with the 23rd usually being a salad.
There is also the tradition, which drives the straw vegetariansnuts, of sacrificing the pig for the Christmas meal, which has to include roasted pork, pork sausages and pork bacon.
Canadians love poutine (french fries covered in gravy and cheese). And Timbits (AKA donut holes). And Kraft Dinner (macaroni and cheese), as immortalized in the Barenaked Ladies song "If I had $1,000,000". Also, maple syrup.
Japanese: Sushi, rice, sake, green tea, Wasabi, hot mustard.
Argentina: Red meat in general. Especially asado cooked (more or less like a barbecue) and mate, the national drink of choice.
Napoleon Bonaparte loved potatoes and onions cooked in olive oil before every battle. (Possibly justified, as such a meal is very high in carbs, and thus would have given him a lot of energy in such a situation.)
Based on a few "about the author" blurbs, Neil Gaiman appears to really like sushi.
Dave Kellett (creator of the webcomic Sheldon), is extremely fond of Hobnobs, which aren't readily available in the US. Bringing him boxes of them at conventions has become something of a Running Gag.
According to some sources, eggs are the Trademark Favorite Food of the Parsi (Indian Zoroastrians) community. There is an authentic Parsi recipe out there for eggs on potato chips.
He loved fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches for lunch, sometimes with bacon.
Bacon, in fact, seemed to be something he loved in general, mostly because it was a luxury that his mother couldn't afford when he was a child. As an adult, he often kept a large plate of it on his piano to eat while he played it.
He also really liked the Fool's Gold Loaf, an extremely rich and expensive sandwich made by the Colorado Mine Company (which is in fact a five-star restaurant in Denver) consisting of a hollowed out loaf of Italian bread, a full jar of peanut butter, a full jar of jelly, and a full pound of bacon. Each one of these has about 8,000 calories. Elvis and two Colorado police officers were discussing the sandwich late at night on 1 February 1976 at Elvis' Graceland Ranch in Tennessee. Just talking about the sandwich made them all very hungry for one. What did they do? They hopped on Elvis' private jet, landing in Denver two hours later, where they found 22 Fool's Gold Loaves (Elvis having made arrangements with the owner of the Colorado Mine Company, a personal friend) and ate all of the sandwiches between him, the policemen, and the pilots of Elvis' plane over the course of three hours (that's 4-5 sandwiches=4-5 pounds of bacon and 32-40,000 calories per person in three hours), washing them down with Perrier and Dom Perignon. After the sandwiches were gone, Elvis, the police officers, and the pilots flew back to Memphis without ever leaving the airport.
When feeling less ambitious, Elvis would often "settle" for a simple Monte Cristo, a ham and cheese sandwich egg-batter-dipped, pan-fried, dusted with powdered sugar, and served with a side of syrup for dipping. When Bob Zmuda asked a man who had been one of Elvis' personal assistants if he thought Elvis was still alive, the man responded, "Nobody can eat that many Monte Cristo sandwiches a day and expect to live."
The Trobrian Islanders of Papau New Guinea - Yams. To the Trobrianders Yams aren't just a food source, they're a major way of economic and political life. For them, trading yams is like trading money. A chief's power is usually symbolized by how many yams he has in his yam house (yam houses are like bank accounts to the Trobrianders), which is the result of marrying many wives and the families of those wives tending his yam gardens. A slight subversion to this trope is that unless out of hunger or for a truly special occasion (like marriage, with the sharing of yams creating alliances and social obligations), the Trobrianders rarely eat their yams because eating them is like eating their own currency.
After John Glenn was reported to have eaten steak and eggs for breakfast just before becoming the first American in orbit, it became tradition for all NASA astronauts to have a steak and egg breakfast on the morning of a lift-off. Glenn also confessed to smuggling some bologna sandwiches with him on board.
Walt Disney loved sandwiches and home-style/comfort food, but his favorite meal was chili and beans with a glass of V-8 juice and soda crackers on the side. He had his favorite homemade chili recipe, but when he was feeling less ambitious he would take a can of Gebhardt's (a lot of meat and few beans) and a can of Dennison's (a little meat and lots of beans) and mix them together.
Salvador Dalí ate copious amounts of camembert cheese every night in order to have the dreams that he later painted.
Paula Deen loves butter. She puts it on every dish she makes. She even made a dish accompanied by shots of melted butter. The "Ross Report" segment on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno turned this into a drinking game: every time Jay high-fived Ross, they would roll the clip of Paula Deen downing the melted butter shot.
German chancellor Helmut Kohl had Saumagen, a country dish from the Palatinate that amounts to German pork haggis. He used to serve it at dinners with other heads of government, including Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, drawing the mockery of the German press.
Another regular occurrence was that, when in the Frankfurt(Germany) area, he tended to slip away from his aides and security personnel, who after several such incidents knew where to find him: in a butcher's shop in central Frankfurt, eating one of their trademark hot sausages.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was known for his enormous appetite. His advisor Asaf Shariv says that Sharon's favourite meal was "meat in every way". When Sharon first went into a vegetative coma in 2006, doctors attempted to use the smell of roasted meat to wake him. It did not work, and Sharon remained in a coma until his death in January 2014.
Interactive Fiction writer Emily Short makes no secret of her fondness for cheese, once writing a list rating Interactive Fiction games according to cheese content. In one rather charming IF game, there was a puzzle featuring tyromancy (divination by cheese). The game featured about 30 different cheese varieties, all with full descriptions of sight, smell AND taste.
Try to find a Bobby Flay recipe that doesn't call for chili peppers in any form. This applies, in a way, even when he appears on Iron Chef America, as not a battle goes by where Flay doesn't make his two signature oils as part of his dishes.
Good Eats host Alton Brown has his kosher salt, and his fresh-ground black pepper (he has used the latter in a dessert).
College students, generally being either low on funds or disinclined to complex meals, have a few favourites. Packet versions of East Asian dishes such as mi goreng or ramen are both popular, as they are very easy to make and can be mixed in with any number of other things. Chickpeas, kidney beans and lentils are also much beloved, especially among vegans and vegetarians.
Jamie Oliver admits to being addicted to chili peppers, and claims that he needs to nibble on them to get going every morning.
Shigesato Itoi loves croquette rolls, so inevitably they were a regular feature of the MOTHER trilogy.
When he was coaching the Washington Redskins in the 1970s, famously quirky head coach George Allen had the same thing every day for lunch. A Peanut butter & jelly sandwich and a glass of milk, made by his secretary. This prompted NFL Films President Steve Sabol to say once "Thanks to him, I'll never look at a jar of peanut butter the same way again."
During the late 1960s, Eric Clapton was a huge fan of Machintosh chocolates. The Beatles' song "Savoy Truffle" was about Clapton's love of sweets.
Frank Zappa with the "Burnt Weeny Sandwich", which involved splitting a hot dog lengthwise and roasting it over an oven flame, then eating it with two slices of bread and mustard. He also liked to eat Hormel Chili with Beans cold right out of the can.
Also well known as a coffee fiend; it and cigarettes were the only substances he normally indulged in.
Dwayne Johnson sure does love pie. He also implied John Cena likes Fruity Pebbles, though whether that's true or not is unknown to me. Then there's Sheamus's apparent obsession with potatoes, CM Punk's Pepsi Globe tattoo, and Matt Hardy's addiction to grapes.
Out of character, Johnson is a huge fan of donuts. On his cheat days note Days on which he allows himself to break his otherwise strict diet he is known to eat them by the dozen.
Writer and food critic Anthony BourdainLOVES pork. He even said he went on heart medication because he refused to give it up.
He also loves anything spicy, as well as durian.
VlogBrothersJohn and Hank Green make a big fuss about their favorite foods: Pizza and corndogs, respectively. The former even has a shirt in honor of his love for pizza. Each has a fondness for the other's favorite food, though; when Hank did the episode of Crash Course Anatomy & Physiology about smell and taste, he expressed extreme discomfort at having to hold up a pizza for ten straight minutes while only taking one bite out of it (several minutes in, at that).
Comedian Gabriel Iglesias and chocolate cake. Fans often send him cakes backstage at his shows - a practice he encourages.
Auburn University linebacker Cassanova McKinzy admitted that he chose the school over Clemson because the former had a Chick-Fil-A right on campus. After his statements, many news sources noted that Clemson actually does have the chain on campus. Oops.
Gamers with Mountain Dew and Doritos (according to the people who make them anyway).
Tabletop gamers doubly so, along with Cheetos.
M&M's and Cheez-It's are also very popular with gamers, in part because they don't leave behind any residue on the hands and fingers.
Geeks in general are stereotyped as junk food junkies.
After word got around that BeatleGeorge Harrison loved Jelly Babies, his many fangirls started pelting him with them at concerts. It was even worse in the United States, where girls couldn't get their hands on Jelly Babies and instead threw jelly beans, which are far tougher; describing it to a reporter, George said, "Imagine waves of rock-hard little bullets raining down on you from the sky." Furthermore, he completely subverted the trope by saying that neither he nor anyone in the band liked Jelly Babies to begin with. (He had claimed to like them in a 1963 interview, but it's easy to imagine how he might have lost his taste for them after being hit with them one too many times.) George's love of Jelly Babies remains a Running Gag in Beatles fandom.
Prussian king Frederick The Great loved potatoes so much he turned them into a staple crop of his kingdom. Since his peasants were not too fond of the new vegetable, legend says Frederick posted his guards around a potato field, hoping that people would "steal" and cultivate them after realizing they were so important that the royal guard watched their fields. It worked.
That Frederick did this is doubtful, as the first records of the tactic link them to French agronomist Antoine-Augustin Parmentier "guarding" his potato patch in Sablons in the mid-to-late 1780s (late in Frederick's life); the association with Frederick did not come until later, so the tale about Frederick is probably apocryphal. That said, it's generally accepted that when Parmentier did his "guarding" trick, the local (French) peasants adopted the crop. It's also true that for his part, potatoes were definitely Parmentier's Trademark Favorite Food, as well, as he wrote incessantly about how awesome potatoes were, how they would save Europe from famine, etc., etc., etc., even to the point of sending bouquets of potato flowers to the King.
Frederick did, however, encourage production of potatoes, using a rather more traditional Prussian method: severe penalties for farmers who refused to grow them, with regular checks by the Army to ensure they complied. Parmentier's obsession with the potato actually came from his time held prisoner by the Prussians during the Seven Years' War; the food for POWs included potatoes.
NFL running back for the Seattle Seahawks Marshawn Lynch loves Skittles, and is often seen snacking on them on the sidelines during games. This became a Running Gag when the Hawks made it to the Super Bowl - confectionaries and stores around town were finding increasingly creative ways to incorporate them into gameday treats.
When the Hawks won the Super Bowl, he turned the tables, showering his fans with Skittles from the victory parade.
In the rest of the United States, cereal and donuts are popular breakfast foods. In Texas, however, particularly parts south of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, breakfast tacos (soft flour or corn tortillas filled with savory fillings such as potatoes scrambled with eggs or refried beans and melted cheese) are a beloved breakfast food that people can't get enough of.
Leopards are known to be very fond of dog, although other sources say impala (the animal, not the car) is their favorite.
Britney Spears is always seen with Cheetos, Fanta or a Starbucks frappacino. She also had a favor towards A Coffee Mocha when she was younger. She's a favorite of the paparazzi and the photos are infinite proof and in interviews, she notes it too.
Selena Gomez is known to love fried pickles, often combined with french fries, a delicacy she claims she acquired as they served it in movie theaters in her home state of Texas. She often jokes about how unusual (and hard to get) the snack seems to be outside of her home state.
Michael J. Fox really loves his Diet Pepsi. Although, according to his Lucky Man memoir, it was his second favorite drink behind beer. Although, prior to becoming a vegetarian, he really loved chicken.
American Civil War general Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was said to have a fondness for peaches.
Emperor Franz Jozef of Austria loved a certain type of fluffy pancake known as Kaiserschmarrn.
Electronic/metal musician Celldweller really likes Reese's Puffs cereal. In his behind-the-scenes video regarding the making of his first album, he even states that after he rented the studio he recorded the album in, Reese's Puffs were the only food he had with him.
Just judging from her constant Photoshopped pictures humorously/surrealistically displaying the food in weird settings or referencing it in pictures, Miley Cyrus certainly has a thing for pizza. Starbucks iced coffee was also regularly in her hands during paparazzi photos taken of her during her Disney Channel days as well.
Mara Wilson and saltine crackers, as depicted in the header of her Twitter account as of March 2015.
Elton John and Diet Coke, at least in The '90s. He was a celebrity endorser of the drink in television ads, and it was a fixture of his contract riders.
Dan Aykroyd is the part-owner of a vodka brand, Crystal Head Vodka, which comes in a skull-shaped bottle. He works it into almost all of his appearances on TV or in film and is rarely seen outside in public without something with the logo on his person. He also owns a vineyard and has his own wine brand, and owns the distribution rights to Patron tequila in his native Canada. Essentially, dude likes his booze.
Jimi Hendrix was said to have a thing for strawberry upside-down cake.