Friday, November 18, 2011

You know you're a foodie if.....

As a self-proclaimed “foodie” I thought I would try to define the term.   

Here is the definition I found in Wikipedia:  

Foodie is an informal term for a particular class of aficionado of food and drink. The word was coined in 1981 by Paul Levy and Ann Barr, who used it in the title of their 1984 book The Official Foodie Handbook.
Distinguished from gourmet: Although the two terms are sometimes used interchangeably, foodies differ from gourmets in that gourmets are epicures of refined taste, whereas foodies are amateurs who simply love food for consumption, study, preparation, and news. Gourmets simply want to eat the best food, whereas foodies want to learn everything about food, both the best and the ordinary, and about the science, industry, and personalities surrounding food.
Pursuits: Foodies are a distinct hobbyist group. Typical foodie interests and activities include the food industry, wineries and wine tasting, breweries and beer sampling, food science, following restaurant openings and closings and occasionally reopenings, food distribution, food fads, health and nutrition, cooking classes, culinary tourism, and restaurant management. A foodie might develop a particular interest in a specific item, such as the best egg cream or burrito. Many publications have food columns that cater to foodies. Interest by foodies in the 1980s and 1990s gave rise to the Food Network and other specialized food programming, popular films and television shows about food such as Top Chef and Iron Chef, a renaissance in specialized cookbooks, specialized periodicals such as Gourmet Magazine and Cook's Illustrated, growing popularity of farmers' markets,[3] food-oriented websites like Zagat's and Yelp, publishing and reading food blogs, specialized kitchenware stores like Williams-Sonoma and Sur La Table, and the institution of the celebrity chef. There is also a growing market for culinary tourism.

That kind of sums it up; I am definitely a food hobbyist with a true passion for food.  For fun, I thought I would put together a little check-list.   How many can you check off?
You know you’re a foodie if:

  • You dream about food regularly.
  • You have a drawer in the refrigerator for just cheeses.
  • You can name more than a dozen types of pasta.
  • Penzey’s catalog can occupy you for hours.
  • You can name the 5 mother sauces and know how to make at least 3.
  • You can make homemade pasta; and know how much better it tastes than store-bought pasta.
  • You think about which type of salt you will use on a dish because you have many types.
  • You have saffron in your cupboard.
  • You study the menu before you go to a restaurant.
  • You’ve taken a cooking class from a local chef.
  • You spend lunch thinking about what you’ll have for dinner.
  • You plan your vacation around which restaurants you will eat at each day instead of which sites you will see.
  • You spend more on food than on clothing or gas.
  • You get wildly excited to try new foods.
  • You have withdrawals from your knives, VitaMix blender, and kitchen supplies when away from home.
  • You have more than 3 kinds of vinegar in your home.
  • You prefer to make your own salad dressings.
  • The thought of eating at a chain restaurant sends you into a state of depression.
  • You refuse to use Kraft Parmesan in the green can; you HAVE to have freshly grated cheese.
  • You constantly critique dishes to evaluate what could make them better.  
  • You know the difference between tahini and sesame paste.
  • You have truffle oil in your pantry and use it regularly.
  • You use clarified butter when cooking (and make your own).
  • You make your own stock.
  • Your hands regularly smell like fresh, minced garlic.
  • Your spouse doesn’t like to go out to eat because “you cook so much better than any restaurant.”
  • You know that basmati is not the capital of India.
  • You have at least 6 different types of mustard in the fridge, and that bright yellow stuff you find at the hot dog stand isn’t one of them.
  • You know exactly what a Durian is and more importantly how to eat it.
  • You’d much rather spend $200 on a nice dinner than a new electronic device.
  • You monitor the food holidays and partake as often as possible.
  • You’ve tried to recreate your favorite restaurant meals at home.
  • You have more pictures of food you've made than you do of anything else.
  • You have to workout extra to support your food habit.  
  • You experiment with how wine can make certain meals taste that much better; the perfect food and wine pairing is pure bliss.
  • You will send back a meal at a restaurant that is overcooked or doesn’t taste right without hesitation.
  • You can easily spend hours in a kitchen store or in the cookbook section of a bookstore. 

Let’s keep this list going.   Please add one of your own in the comments. 

You know you’re a foodie if…….

1 comment:

  1. Penelope! This is incredible! I'm so excited to follow you! Dara