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Nov 11, 2013 07:18 AM

Who are we? Foodies, gourmets, gourmands, epicures?

I don't like the word "foodie." Gourmet, gourmand and gastronome are not very appealing either but at least they sound more grown up. Foodies I know like to eat mostly and once in a while will put on an apron.

Then there is the word coined by Carlo Petrini of Slow Food: gastronomer, which includes foodies, gourmets, gourmands, epicures, environmentalists, food activists, farmers, consumers and everything else connected to growing, producing, preparing and eating food. A friend of mine suggested it might mean a food scientist assigned to the space station.

In any case, this little article kind of sums up my weariness with all the hype in the food world which, as we say in the jazz community, has become "too hip for the room."

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  1. My favorite is "Gastronaughts" penned by dear old Keith Floyd. He used the name in many of his shows.

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    1. re: Puffin3

      Haha. That sounds like something he would invent :-)

        1. re: linguafood

          "Gastro-not?" I can think of a few of those I know :-)

          1. re: linguafood

            Like astronaut. Sorry for the misspell
            'naunt' is Greek for 'sailor' ie someone who is sailing to 'lands unknown' culinary-wise.

            1. re: Puffin3

              Thus my confusion. I thought it might be a clever word play.

        2. Me? I'm a glutton. And damned proud of it, too. I embrace fellow gluttons as well. It is the finest compliment to my cooking.

          1. If you are truly grown up, you can drop all the pretensions.

            1. I like food. I like to find it, eat it, cook and talk about it. I'll leave the labeling to someone else.

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              1. How about Escoffier!