NYTimes: Mark Bittman rethinks the word 'Foodie'
«At a dinner party the other night where people were asked to say a word about themselves, one woman said, “My name is” — whatever it was — “and I’m a foodie.” I cringed.
I’m not proud of that visceral reaction; in fact, I think it’s wrong. But I do wish there were a stronger, less demeaning-sounding word than “foodie” for someone who cares about good food, but as seems so often the case, there is not. Witness the near-meaningless-ness of “natural” and “vegetarian” and the inadequacy of “organic” and “vegan.” But proposing new words is a fool’s game; rather, let’s try to make the word “foodie” a tad more meaningful.»
I hate the word too but that's because we're all told to hate the word. I don't care what the word is, but Bittman has a point. We can make it more positive.
When people ask me about my food philosophy--and they often do--I say I'm a real food advocate. The words, "organic," "sustainable" and "natural," as Bitty says, have become meaningless.
Gee, I've had no problem with the term "foodie." It seems a great alternative to me to "gourmet" which has a feeling of pretension attached to it for a long time.
The original aim of Chowhound was a place on the web where people wrote about and appreciated good food--the best food--but not necessarily in high end French restaurants, but rather, in modest settings in addition to high end restaurants. Being a "Foodie," rather than a gourmet seemed kind of downscale and appropriate. I like the term "Foodie."
I think of my food habits as being a "conscious eater", I know it does not sound trendy or smack of an elitist air, but I do seek out small farmers whom are passionate about what they naturally grow/humanely raise. Foodie to me is just a term for "hobby eaters/food comsumers.