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

sandiasingh Nov 11, 2013 07:18 AM

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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    Puffin3 RE: sandiasingh Nov 11, 2013 07:51 AM

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

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      sandiasingh RE: Puffin3 Nov 11, 2013 08:00 AM

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

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        linguafood RE: Puffin3 Nov 11, 2013 09:37 AM

        Why the "naught"? I don't get it.

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          sandiasingh RE: linguafood Nov 11, 2013 09:50 AM

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

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            Puffin3 RE: linguafood Nov 11, 2013 11:55 AM

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

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              linguafood RE: Puffin3 Nov 11, 2013 11:58 AM

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

        2. mtlcowgirl RE: sandiasingh Nov 11, 2013 08:03 AM

          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.

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            Chowrin RE: sandiasingh Nov 11, 2013 08:05 AM

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

            1. carolinadawg RE: sandiasingh Nov 11, 2013 08:22 AM

              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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                fldhkybnva RE: carolinadawg Nov 11, 2013 04:10 PM

                Thank you, why do "we" have to be something?

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                treb RE: sandiasingh Nov 11, 2013 08:39 AM

                How about Escoffier!

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                  Fydeaux RE: sandiasingh Nov 11, 2013 08:54 AM

                  I have long refused to self-identify with anything that can have a 'y' [or 'ie']suffix or a 'head' suffix attached. I am an enthusiast of many things, food being one of them.

                  If I had to pick one of the above, it would probably be 'gourmand' only because of the late Justin Wilson's distinction between 'gourmet' and 'gourmand': "A gourmet, he like all kind of things, the very best. A gourmand, he just a P-I-G hog!" Justin Wilson was never too hip for the room.

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                    Puffin3 RE: Fydeaux Nov 11, 2013 11:59 AM

                    But you're OK with a 'and' suffix? LOL Just teasing.

                  2. jrvedivici RE: sandiasingh Nov 11, 2013 12:10 PM

                    Baby, sometimes I'm so carefree
                    With a joy that's hard to hide
                    And sometimes it seems that all I have do is worry
                    Then you're bound to see my other side
                    But I'm just a soul whose intentions are good
                    Oh Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood..................

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                      sandiasingh RE: jrvedivici Nov 11, 2013 01:04 PM


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                      Harters RE: sandiasingh Nov 11, 2013 01:42 PM

                      If it is necessary to attach labels, then I'm always happy to be described as a foody, or to describe myself as one.

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                        macsak RE: sandiasingh Nov 11, 2013 05:38 PM

                        or chow-das

                        1. kitchengardengal RE: sandiasingh Nov 11, 2013 05:55 PM

                          Kind of depends on which forum you're talking to. The Home Cooking set may be called cooks, the Regional boards may be food adventurers and few cooks. The NAF board has more restaurant connoisseurs and party goers.

                          We all are food lovers, though, and food enthusiasts. I think the gourmet, gourmand, epicure, etc titles sound too stilted for our casual way of speaking and living these days. Those terms remind me of Julian Perlmutter, from Clive Cussler's books. Big fat guy who was an expert on ships, literature, food and wine. That's a gourmand.

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                            thegforceny RE: sandiasingh Nov 11, 2013 06:07 PM

                            Already discussed with over 200 posts. Take a look:


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                              GH1618 RE: sandiasingh Nov 11, 2013 07:49 PM

                              "Epicure" is the most neutral term, which means merely someone devoted to pleasure, esp. food in modern usage. See the thread linked by thegforceny.

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                                mwhitmore RE: sandiasingh Nov 12, 2013 07:13 AM

                                Right there at the top of the page: "Chowhound!"

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                                  carolinadawg RE: mwhitmore Nov 12, 2013 07:24 AM

                                  That's nothing more than a marketing conceit to promote the website.

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                                    Harters RE: carolinadawg Nov 12, 2013 07:35 AM

                                    And, IMO, not a very good bit of promotion in regards to folk who are not from north America. In many parts of the English speaking world, "chow" is not in common use as a word for food.

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