First off… winner of the Martha Stewart Cooking School book is: Kristen D! Congratulations!
As a side note, I think I don’t think I’ll be using PunchTab’s giveaway mechanism in the future, but instead opting to use Rafflecopter instead. Stay tuned for the next giveaway for a chance to try it out!
And now… a random topic of discussion that seems to come up all over the place these days. This time around, it was a wonderful episode of Suits (are you DVR-ing this awesome USA Network show? Cause you should be!) that brought the issue to the forefront.
Do you think of foodies as food snobs? Or are foodies a different species of food lover? And, if so, what are food snobs?
According to one of the paralegals on Suits, “Being a foodie doesn’t only mean liking fancy food, it’s having the courage to try it and you get to choose what you like.”
I’m mainly in this camp as to the definition of a foodie. The ultimate foodie in my mind is Anthony Bourdain. A lover of foods and cultures and techniques and a seeker of every last bastion of culinary delight on the planet. And while he appreciates the aspects of food that make it great, he never ever limits his palette by the current societal norms of what “good” is today or yesterday. Good food is good food.
Dear friends, I am not a foodie. I’m a picky eater. I’m much more adventurous than I used to be, but I will never ever ever be a foodie. Mr. M, however, is a total foodie. He remembers the details of meals and seeks out the random and new tastes anywhere we are. And, more often than not, he asks the waiter what the best thing on the menu is and orders it without a second thought. (He’s done this in more restaurants w/o English menus than I can count)
And because I define a foodie as a lover of food, I have to take that secondary connotation that’s often attached to them and slap it the label of “food snob” on the others who pose as foodies. The people who talk more of their food accolades and conquests in bragging than in appreciation. They often talk about where they shop and consume their food as a triumph rather than passing along the knowledge to you. And they restrict their palate to the extra special things in life and look down upon those who just don’t “enjoy” the finer things in life like they do.
I’m bringing all of this up because I hate that people who love food in all forms (my foodies) sometimes get that extra evil snobbery attached to their tail because of how others act (food snobs). Appreciating food shouldn’t be something that’s snobby and pretentious and available only to those of the upper crust anymore. We’re supposed to be the generation of food equalizers, who commend quality but don’t restrict it’s access. And we should all be able to comment on how much we adore a McDonald’s chocolate shake just after we chatted about grilled oysters and a nice bottle of wine without judging anyone’s foodie quotient. I can tell you I only subscribe to food blogs that treat food this way… because there is seriously nothing worse than a recipe telling you that you’re ridiculous for eating/doing/thinking of anything other than the way they instruct you to do it.
Watching Food Network Star this season, you can see that they’re all about the real foodies. They just want to eat something that tastes good, and as long as the cook understands what they’re doing then they don’t care what it looks like on the other end. A fancy salad or a sandwich or a casserole… they just want to devour something good whether it comes from Vegas or NYC or Wisconsin.
And just in case you’re wondering, we’re trying our best to get Miss L to become a foodie like her Dad. She eats her brie and farm-picked organic strawberries for breakfast and will gobble up mac and cheese from a box without a moments hesitation for lunch.
So what do you think? Do you think people who label themselves are truly just food lovers, or are they more often than not “snobs” just hiding in a nicer label? Does it even matter?