Recently, Vince and I had a conversation that went a bit like this:
Me: We’re such foodies
Vince: You are, but not me
Me: Huh? But you’re a chef!
So we talked about this and it got me thinking…what is a foodie???
I did some research in the vast world of Google (I won’t lie, it wasn’t extensive or anything) and found the following definitions for “foodie”:
Wikipedia - Foodie is an informal term for a particular class of aficionado of food and drink. The word was coined in 1981 by Paul Levy and Ann Barr, who used it in the title of their 1984 book The Official Foodie Handbook.
The Free Dictionary - food·ie n. Slang A person who has an ardent or refined interest in food; a gourmet. And:
foodie, foody [ˈfuːdɪ] n pl -ies (Cookery) a person having an enthusiastic interest in the preparation and consumption of good food
And lastly the top 2 definitions as voted on Urban Dictionary:
1. A person that spends a keen amount of attention and energy on knowing the ingredients of food, the proper preparation of food, and finds great enjoyment in top-notch ingredients and exemplary preparation. A foodie is not necessarily a food snob, only enjoying delicacies and/or food items difficult to obtain and/or expensive foods; though, that is a variety of foodie.
Because he was a foodie, he liked to collect menus from restaurants which prepared food he enjoyed.
2. A douchebag who likes food.
Douchebag – “I’m a big foodie.”
Non-doucher – “Really? I like food too, but I’m not a tool.”
That last one was simultaneously offensive and hilarious at the same time. But it reflected some other discussions that criticized the term as being too childlike (by adding an “ee” sound at the end), created for marketing purposes, that it’s too trendy, or even that it creates an “elitist” group of people such as food snobs. Blah, blah, blah.
Okay, in all fairness there is some truth to all of these definitions (and criticisms) and some might even argue that why even put a label on it? I have to admit I’d thought about this as well.
Then there’s this video which I came across that is an offshoot from the “Shit Girls Say” videos that went viral.
Do I say those things, Vince? Do I?
It’s true…I won’t deny that he has to wait to dig in while I snap the perfect pic with my iPhone.
So what about me? Am I a foodie? I would definitely get a resounding yes from those who know me, but based on the above definitions, here’s what I think: I love food. I love to eat it, I appreciate freshly prepared food (the ingredients, the time and love it takes to prepare it), I love trying different types of food, I love watching my husband create beautiful and delicious dishes, I love sitting down with my family eating my mom’s homemade Trinidadian food – I love food in all of these ways (and more), can totally turn any conversation into one about food, and all of this despite the fact that I do not enjoy preparing food myself. I consider myself a foodie, and I consider this a “foodie blog,” but does the fact that I don’t like to prepare food discredit me? I’d like to think not.
And then there’s Vince who in our conversation that day explained that he doesn’t consider himself a food “connoisseur” of sorts and therefore didn’t think he was a foodie. He just likes to eat food – from beef jerky to osso bucco, and almost everything in between – and absolutely creates meals with love. He loves eating at restaurants (even if he isn’t always that excited to try what’s trendy), he can totally tell if his steak is perfectly cooked (and cook a steak perfectly, too), but he can also eat clam chowder.straight.out.of.the.can…it’s really gross, actually. Yet, by virtue of him loving food I consider him a foodie.
So maybe the best definition would be the most simple – a foodie is someone who loves food. There. That encompasses most people, I think.
Do you consider yourself a foodie? Do you think we’re foodies? Do you agree with any of these “definitions”? Do you think the term is overrated? Let ‘s talk about it!