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Old 02-17-2010, 09:22 AM   #1
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What is a "Foodie?"

Just recently I was called to account for my status as a "Foodie" for offering a suggestion using a less-than-authentic ingredient as a means of cutting the cost of a dish. Obviously a sin in someone's eyes.

I had never been called a "Foodie" before, and certainly never referred to myself as one, so that experience started me thinking about the definition of the term, "Foodie" and whether it applied to me.

While I enjoy using top-of-the-line tools and ingredients, I've never held back making a dish simply because I used a supermarket discounted house brand ingredient. Nor has the fact that I don't use an expensive knife set ever kept me from filleting a fish, or trimming a roast. I'll even admit to occasionally eating at restaurants that are considered "fast food take-out."

Do all of these offenses mean I would have to turn in my "Foodie Membership Card"... if I had one? Maybe I could repent my multitude of transgressions if I knew exactly what a "Foodie" was. Do you have any idea?

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Old 02-17-2010, 09:28 AM   #2
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I am a foodie because I enjoy cooking, finding new ways to cook the same cuts of meat. I enjoy creating something that is tasty, and that my family wants me to cook again! On the other hand, my wife views cooking as a chore, something she has to do so the kids won't starve. I think it all depends on your viewpoint. If you view cooking simply as another chore you might not be a foodie. There is hope though, my wife now actually enjoys watching Chopped, and other shows on Food Network too.
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Old 02-17-2010, 09:31 AM   #3
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Your Foodie membership card has already been retrieved from your possession via teleportation. If you look for it now you will see it is not there. Go look, I'll wait.

See.

Here is the first of many different definitions you will see.

A foodie is someone to whom food is an interest beyond just eating three meals a day. A foodie enjoys learning about food, reading cookbooks and recipes, planning, selecting, preparing and serving food to others.

Food is a foodie's hobby.
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Old 02-17-2010, 09:57 AM   #4
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I believe that a foodie is a person who enjoys food, preparation of food, eating food, tastes and smells surrounding food, experimentation with food, recipes, discussing food, and all that surrounds culinary arts as a whole.
One cannot say that a person using economical ingredients (nice way of "cheap" hahahaha) is no longer a "foodie".
I will always look for ways to cut costs with my food, especially when there are major events in life that require a tighter budget. You never have to compromise being a "foodie" just because you cannot afford the premium ingredients.

When you're at a point in your life where you can't really go a day without talking about food, and you frequently think of new ways to cook old favourites, and share recipes with friends and new people... THIS makes you a foodie. When you enjoy walking through a grocery store or farmer's market... THIS makes you a foodie. There is no status in the foodie world, and people who think otherwise are either kidding themselves, way too snobby, or trying to justify their own spending habbits
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Old 02-17-2010, 10:03 AM   #5
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One cannot say that a person using economical ingredients (nice way of "cheap" hahahaha) is no longer a "foodie".
I will always look for ways to cut costs with my food, especially when there are major events in life that require a tighter budget. You never have to compromise being a "foodie" just because you cannot afford the premium ingredients.
Personally I think that the ability to deviate from a recipe to save money, or a trip to the store is a great skill to have.
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Old 02-17-2010, 10:20 AM   #6
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To me a" foodie"is one who can give the appearance of a gourmet meal to a stack of pancakes in taste and presentation on any given day...
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Old 02-17-2010, 10:37 AM   #7
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Personally I think that the ability to deviate from a recipe to save money, or a trip to the store is a great skill to have.
I agree! :)
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Personally I think that the ability to deviate from a recipe to save money, or a trip to the store is a great skill to have.
I agree. Is this your definition of a foodie?
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I agree. Is this your definition of a foodie?
Not really. I guess I never thought about it much. My idea of a foodie is probably someone that is fond of food!

My point there was that this skill doesn't retract your foodie card!
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Old 02-17-2010, 11:03 AM   #10
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Well, since I was the one that made the comment, perhaps I can explain.

Here is the thread the OP is referring to.

My definition of a foodie is someone who is interested in knowledge of all things food, not just the day-to-day cooking every meal, and who has a love for food, not just eating it, but experiencing it. I also agree with above definitions.

That's why in the other thread I said that Velveeta Mexican Cheese Dip with Rotel is not fondue, it's a chip dip. And fondue is a whole other ball of wax (or cheese, as it were) that is actually an experience and not just another thing on the table at the football party. I didn't call you to account, nor did I say you weren't a foodie, I said I couldn't imagine a foodie equating Velveeta and Fondue (assuming they've experienced both).
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