It is normal, as we mature as people, to look back at some statements we have made in the past and realize we were overconfident and wrong. Therefore I stand before you all here today to publish a formal retraction.
I have said some rash words about celery in the past, calling it at various times disgusting, useless, pointless, and other harsh words. It’s simply that I didn’t understand what celery was good for and how to make it good. I had also, to be fair, had some Very Bad Celery. (In fairness to my past self I never had an unkind word to say about celeriac root however, only the stalks)
Celery is good, tasty, and even essential in mirepoix.
Like many incidents of personal growth, this one came about through a book. That book is Penguin Cordon Bleu Cookery. Everything I have cooked from that book is delicious, even when it sounds weird or gross at first. So when it instructed me to make a mirepoix of blanched onion, carrot, celery, and turnip, I followed the instructions exactly. It was great! Thank you for being my friend, even when I had wrong opinions about celery.
And may you all find your Very Trustworthy Cookbook.