When I was coming up with the name for my blog, I didn’t realize the connotations that came along with the word “foodie.” I was reading a blog the other day about this topic and it got me thinking about the judgment that comes along with the term. It’s as if “foodie” were a status one could not obtain if they “cheated” by buying pre-made dough from Wegmans rather than making it from scratch. It’s come to the point where I have even felt the need to apologize and defend myself in past blogs.
“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.”
Here are eight signs that you may be a foodie, all of which I am guilty of:
1. You own more than one apron. People buy you kitchenware as gifts, and you love them for it.
2. You have to clean food drippings and splatterings off your keyboard and computer screen at least once a week.
3. You often bite off more than you can chew. It’s not unusual for you to spend a Sunday in the kitchen preparing meals for the following week, or tackling three complex recipes at once.
4. Your friends young children insist you have a copy of their Little League fundraiser cookbook.
5. You can never have enough pots and pans. You find yourself needing to wash your large soup pots or mixing bowls three times in one day because you’ve used them that many times. It’s not unusual to have to run the dishwasher twice in one day.
7. You can pronounce words like gnocchi, Bouillabaisse, or you at least know when you are mispronouncing them. You know and have experienced things like fondue “breaking.”
8. You make mistakes, things burn and recipes don’t live up to your expectations. And sometimes, you make magic. It’s a lottery. If you are daring enough to try new things in the kitchen, you need to be prepared to be disappointed. Cooking is not glamorous. It’s messy, it’s demoralizing, it’s frustrating and it’s one of the most rewarding hobbies one can have.