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Sep 5, 2006 07:58 PM

whatever happened to the general distaste for the 'foodie' label?

i feel like gramps sitting by a fire, muttering into his beard: 'used to be a big deal not to be a 'foodie'. foodies ate where zagats told them to and eagerly chased trends. foodies knew what was trendy, what the buzz was. foodies faithfully parroted restaurant critics. but now people proudly label themselves as foodie. the worlds gone mad.'

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  1. Maybe it's because us foodies grew up and gained the discernment needed to trash their Zagat guides and formulate their own opinions. Also, frequent feedback from the hounds, egullet, etc. have helped develop our naive enthusiasm into a full-fledged and well-developed passion.

    Since first becoming a "foodie" post-college, I've managed to spend some time at the CIA, work in the restaurant business, and have come to personally understand that the moniker "celebrity chef" doesn't mean crap when it comes to talent, respect for women and overall value as a human being.

    That's my story, at least. And I will wear the name proudly for as long as I can provide value to to the label.

    1. How about because only the creaters of Chowhound actually believed that crap about the definition of foodie that they use.

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      1. re: dinwiddie

        Indeed! All of the people I know who call themselves "foodies" (myself included) do so because they love food! We love to eat, to cook, to find out about restaurants, different foods, etc. It's never been about following trends, celebrity chefs, etc. Only around this website is "foodie" a bad word.

        1. re: wyf4lyf

          I agree. The derogatory term is "trendies."

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            I agree. The only place I've heard that derogatory definition of foodie is by the creators of this board. The cutesy aspect of the word kind of bugs me but I don't have a better term (I also dislike the cutesyness of the term chowhound).

          2. re: wyf4lyf

            I'm glad to hear you say that "only around this website is "foodie" a bad word." After joining this site and seeing how people on here despised the term (and thinking..."if the Hounds think this way, it must be so") I insisted that my husband stop referring to me as a "foodie" when he told friends/family/coworkers about my passion for food, my food blog, my cooking etc. He thought I was insane because, like you, he thought it meant being someone who "loves to eat, to cook, to find out about restaurants, different foods, etc."

        2. While "foodie" sounds a bit too cute for my taste, I would rather be called a foodie than a "food whore," a term which describes a few people I've encountered.

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          1. re: jillp

            To me a food snob is worse. They would never eat at a roach coach. They only can love truffles and pate. Any food prepared well is good food.

            1. re: Janet

              I agree about "food snob". To me a "food snob" cares more for the atmosphere, ambiance and frou factor than the food itself.

              1. re: muimi07

                "Snob" is about looking down on something. I call myself a fruit snob, since I find most of what's available unripe, inedible, and an offense against the natural order.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  I guess Iam a fruit snob, too. Can't stand bad fruit. I am from the Boston area, and was in North CArolina for vacation earlier this summer- brought back lots and lots of peaches. Best I ever had. Bought some awesome Maine blueberries this weekend, tiny and sweet, and have been enjoying them ever since.
                  I also will have to admit that I am a french fry snob. Don't eat them that often, usually cook them myself at home when I do have them.

              2. re: Janet

                Oooh, I'd forgotten about food snobs, and I know a few of those folks, too.

            2. forget this board and their demonic creators for a second, don't you just cringe saying 'foodie'? it is SUCH a ghastly word, it even vaguely rhymes with 'puppy' in a poetic licensy kinda way. 'hound' is so much better, so much more evocative of sniffing the air for interesting scents.

              and fyi, we had a discussion about this a long, long time ago on the boards if i remember well. 'chowhound' turned out to have its honorable roots in hipster talk. foodie sounds so close to gluttony as a word and is so wine spectatorish as a concept that it puts me in a positively vile mood thinking of all you good people proudly using it.

              i think i'll once again go read the feature on chow that tells me how to prepare for a great meal to recover.

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              1. re: howler

                I cringe when I hear "foodie." It's that "-ie" diminutive I find irritating, like Trekkie.

                1. re: monkeyrotica

                  Exactly! If you've ever seen the film "Trekkers" , and seen the hilarious discussion amoung the biggest freakin' geeks on the entire planet about why they need to be called "Trekkers" instead of the offensive "Trekkies"...then it becomes embarrassing to debate the foodie lable.

                  My mother calls me a foodie, my friends call me a food snob, and I'm pretty sure the guy at the Whole Foods meat counter calls me "that bitch who has to smell everything first".

              2. "I've been a foodie all of my life (the part that I remember, at least) and proud of it! This website is cool, but the "chowhound" label is rather cutesy and contrived. We know who we are: people who are serious about good, authentic food. What we call ourselves is a matter of supreme indfference to most of us, I suspect.

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                1. re: pikawicca

                  Agreed! I have no shame in being labled or calling myself a foodie. I have for many many years.