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What is your definition of a true "Foodie"?

I pose this question because I think the term "foodie" has been overused to the point of vagueness these days. I've come across people who consider themselves "foodies", but balk at eating pig cheeks or sweetbreads or even balk at spending time to make rilettes or an involved recipe for a decent pate or confit. I know some self-described "foodies" who will eat out at chain restaurants five times a week and pontificate about the greatness of the food because of the quantity. Not quality. I also realize that some folks are offended by the term "foodie". Whatever. In my opinion, a true foodie is someone who understands what goes into a recipe...who will travel quite a bit for one great meal..someone who will take the time to cook the best meal possible and someone who reads a cookbook to get an understanding of the food they are cooking. I dunno. Honestly, as much as I cook...and bake..and will try anything without being grossed out, I don't know if I qualify to be a true "foodie" ...what's your opinion on this????

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  1. My definition is in the previous thread on the subject:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/891357

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    1. re: GH1618

      I like your definition!
      For me, I am now convinced I'm just a total glutton..which suits me fine!

    2. I personally think that anyone who would describe themselves as a "foodie" is full of pretention and false eliteism.

      I'm thinking so because I can't fathom James Beard, Julia Child, Paul Bocuse, Alain Ducasse, Carmen Degollado, Thomas Keller, et al, smugly describing themselves so. Or, cooking for such a diner.

      Just my .02 cents.

      1. I think it is akin to 'Hippie' or 'Yuppie', someone who mindlessly follows what is currently fashionable. Not a compliment IMO.

        1. IMO a 'foodie' is "I'm interested in food period". The word can be used in a negative as well as positive way.
          Some 'grazers' are serious 'foodies'. Some not. Ask someone who claims to be a 'foodie' who Escoffier was. If they don't know they are not a serious foodie. Same as asking who Babe Ruth was to someone who claims to be a baseball fan.
          I consider myself a 'foodie' in the sense that all things about food from production to consumption interests me. I make my own mustard/ketchup/aioli/mayo.
          I worship Escoffier and make genuine sauces/stocks following his receipts to the gram. JC was/is still the Queen of culinary achievement. Sorry RR.
          If someone doesn't have Waverly Root's 'The Food Of France' in their collection forget it.

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          1. re: Puffin3

            That's interesting. So if someone is not particularly interested in french cuisine(either cooking it or eating it) but are interested in other cuisines...they are considered by you to not be a "foodie" and not interested in food?

            I am not sure what a foodie is, other than someone that considers food sort of a "hobby" of some kind and not just fuel. I can't see how putting historical or cultural lines in that definition... is narrowing down a definition?

            1. re: Puffin3

              You're very French centric. How far should we go back in attributing food cred? You worship Escoffier. Shouldn't you provide credit to Catherine de Medici without whom there could never have been an Escoffier? A florentine who changed the course of formal French dining.

              1. re: Bkeats

                Yes I'm 'French centric b/c that's the type of food I relate to. I ought to have said something like: "A foodie' IMO is someone who knows the history of the food they like". If I had been born in NV I could probably tell you the history of the rice kernel.
                Yes the Medicis brought their 'foodie' habits to France. But how far back do we go? If it wasn't for the Byzantines good old Cathy would have brought along a bag of frozen peas. LOL

            2. Start with these two words:

              gourmand: rates quantity higher than quality; whose chief pleasure is eating

              gourmet: adopts the opposite approach; a connoisseur of food and wines

              IMHO, a foodie is between these two G terms. Quantity and value are elements of a foodie's evaluation scale, and exocticness or weirdness might not be.

              1. It's someone who is always seeking out new flavors. That's it for me.

                1. To me, it's just someone who enjoys eating and preparing good food.

                  No link to budget, nationality, authenticity, or social class.

                  and I try not to label people with nebulous labels. Saying "He's French" is factual -- look at his passport/birth certificate. But "he's a foodie" leaves it up to the listener to make an opinion about him **based on his/her opinion of the word*, and not on the guy we're talking about. If the listener has a bad opinion of the word "foodie", he/she gets a bad impression of the guy we're talking about, which isn't fair to anyone.

                  1. Someone who would never use the term.