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Why You Should Stop Calling Yourself A Foodie

Why You Should Stop Calling Yourself A Foodie

Do you consider yourself a foodie? You should probably take a moment and think about why you have given yourself such a title. It’s most likely that while you may enjoy a wide variety of cuisines, you are not an actual foodie and probably don’t even understand what it means.

Background

Before you get your napkins in a bunch, let’s delve into this further. The word “foodie” has been used since the early ’80s, but in recent years it has turned into a catchphrase. People used to say “epicure”, but that antiquated but of English was lost a while back. Foodie these days is a loaded term that most people use simply because they like to eat.

While being hip and trendy or following a fad is normal, using a term that doesn’t accurately describe you is just plain false advertising. By saying that you are a foodie it makes you seem a cut above the average food lover. Enjoying a wide variety of taste is never a bad thing, but these days the term “foodie” is being used as a weapon. The label has gone from being a person who appreciates good food, to being one who appreciates good food and assumes their opinion is better than anyone else’s.

Labels

In addition to the mislabeling, the term “foodie” is being tied to only cuisines that are luxurious, expensive, or rare. While there are unique flavors to be found in high-end restaurants or even exotic locations, food will always be an art. The value of culinary art has nothing to do with the cost, but everything to do with the meaning, creation, depth, and experience. The moment a person “decides” what good food is, that is the death of the culinary art form, not the birth of a Foodie.

What Is A Foodie?

A foodie is a lover of food and a connoisseur of all things culinary. Mostly, they love to try new places and taste, and of course, give their opinions about the fare. Just eating out is not the same as being a foodie. You have to know about cooking techniques, information about the chefs and the restaurants you are dining in, as well as the cooking styles and seasonal dishes available. Knowing where your food comes from and being able to identify quality is also important.

How To Know If You Are A Fake Foodie

  • A real foodie can tell you about the ingredients a restaurant uses if they are organic, naturally raised, or locally sourced. A false foodie can simply tell you about a popular eatery.
  • A real foodie can pick a restaurant and give valid recommendations on several menu options. A false foodie can recommend several restaurants but has only eaten one item from each.
  • A real foodies list of favorites has more than 10 items on it.
  • A real foodie can tell you about the chords of flavor in a meal and recommend a wine to match, a false foodie will only guess at red or white.
  • A real foodie can taste and tell you which ingredients are premade, frozen, or made from scratch. A false foodie won’t be able to tell a homemade marinara from the canned stuff.

Of course, a true foodie is a real lover of food and won’t look down on anyone who may know less about cuisine than they do. Overall, if we as a population to more care in the use of the label, we would all benefit.

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