The new F-word?

The always-interesting Eatocracy has waded into it with an attack on foodies. Or, I should say, the definition of foodies given by chefs interviewed for the blog. It quotes a former Atlanta pastry chef thusly:

“Many seem to have the ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ syndrome. Whatever the current trend says is fabulous MUST be fabulous! Foodies will flat-out drop some cash on the worst pile of crap if they saw it on ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’ or if Bobby Flay threw it down. They have no real opinion of their own.”

Read the rest here. Thoughts, y’all? I feel  that there can be a negative connotation to the term “foodie,” and it’s been thrown around so much that it’s becoming cliche. That’s why I don’t use it to describe myself or others. But I know plenty of people who see it differently, who see it as a term for someone who supports good, local food.

Between that post and the recent anti-foodie rant in The Atlantic, are we seeing a backlash against study and appreciation of food? (If that’s even the right thing to call it – I’m struggling for a description.)

I’ve met people who are so determined in their eat-local, all-natural, super-organic philosophy that they are almost caricatures. I’ve met people who collect their connections to chefs and food writers like trading cards. Hasn’t this sort of thing always happened in some way? (See Billy Joel, “Big Shot.”) To quote Dickens, the trendy will be with us always.


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3 Responses to “The new F-word?”

  • Comment from Matt

    Agreed – the term “foodie” has become cliche, and the person it describes, insufferable. Case in point – I was recently at a farmers’ market in Cary where patrons were pulling up in luxury SUVs, talking about what they had at so-and-so restaurant. If they really care about shopping locally and sustainably they probably wouldn’t show up to market in a Mercedes with a designer bag for their purchases. What this movement needs is believers, not folks who treat local pork like its the Louis Vuitton of 2011.

  • Comment from Debbie Moose

    Yes, there are those kind of people. I need to point out that I do know many people who are passionate about food, and who ID themselves as foodies, who do put their money where their mouth is, so to speak. Many who care about Louisiana food put their time and cash into helping post-Katrina rebuilding.

  • Comment from The Gourmez

    I think foodie is, for some, a label like hipster that seems to be defined by negatives from those who don’t consider themselves to fall within the label. I’m a foodie, and I don’t think my love of food and pondering the way a chef combines flavors and textures makes me obnoxious. I feel the recent backlash is simply cyclical human behavior–we critique groups after a certain amount of time passes in their existence. Of course, I also haven’t watched the Food Channel in three years, so perhaps I’m not this foodie idea that people are ranting against.

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