We all aren't Anthony Bourdain. Some people are especially apprehensive about trying new foods. My wife is definitely one of those people. She didn't have her first taco until she was 19 and I still can't get her to eat duck. Nevertheless, I love her dearly and am willing to overlook her food shyness.
Middle Eastern food is one of those types of cuisine for some people. For many, its seems too far gone from the norm. Or they go by the reviews of others who have tried Middle Eastern food and hated it. My advice to people who are cautious about trying new foods is to just do it. Open your palette to new flavors and you just may realize that you have been missing out on a lot of fantastic foods! 5 Reasons to Try Middle Eastern Food