Hello everyone, I’m back after a really really long time.
Yes, a lot has been happening with me…
Just finished my boards. I’m a Journalism graduate now. So you’ll be seeing a lot more of me these days.
Lots of changes happened to Yummy Inside My Tummy. I finally left WordPress and joined this beautiful food community called Cucumber Town. Do check them out here
I’m also going to complete two years of food blogging very soon and there’s so much I’ve learned and still learning every day. There are certain things about this industry that disgusts me at times and I’m told that one just has to learn how to deal with them.
But there’s been one particular word that I just can’t stand hearing anymore. The most pretentious food term of all time!!! And that’s something I will fail to understand why.
I know this post is going to call for a lot of haters. A very controversial topic indeed that I’m addressing to you all but I think it’s high time. Say what you want to and I also have an opinion that I’d like you to listen to! 🙂
The minute I hear the word “foodie”, I literally feel like throwing up. Like food? Well, you’re a foodie then.
Wake up world!!
Everyone loves food. So that’s no big news. We may also be so crazy about it and eat it at every opportunity we get, but does that mean we know everything about it?
Let’s start with the basics…
Who would you term as a foodie?
1. A person who can eat a lot and loves to eat all the time.
2. A person who loves to eat but knows what he’s eating.
I don’t know what category you fall under but remember that both these kind of people have a particular name. So let’s start respecting that.
We have gourmets. We have gourmands. There are people in this industry who have a crazy knowledge for food and those who are extremely passionate about it. So for the love of God, can we stop mixing up these terms?
Today, we refer chefs, reputed food critics and the amateur instagrammers as foodies. They are definitely not all the same kind of people so where is the distinction made in this case then?
Calling someone a foodie is amateur and too casual. It undervalues the people it’s meant to applaud and appreciate for knowing their stuff and honestly, I feel it’s a real abuse in the culinary world!
Recently, I read an interview article where Alan Sytsma, a well-known food writer at Grub Street had rightly said, “Any decent food publication long ago banished use of foodie and inane derivations like foodinista. But it might be time to reevaluate: The word no longer describes a person who enjoys cooking and restaurants—that’s just a food lover, the best kind of person. Foodies, on the other hand, are the people that rush to new restaurants just to say they’ve gone. Foodies Instagram every single thing they eat. Foodies are the people waiting in hours-long lines for the latest edible fad. The foodie label isn’t a badge of honor, it’s a mark of shame—and that’s a good word to have in the arsenal.”
This word has become too overrated and is used loosely in any context without even thinking twice.
According to the definition in Urban Dictionary, it refers a foodie as “a douchebag who loves food.”
Trust me, being called a foodie is offensive. I get terribly offended myself!
So with said, I urge you all to take a moment and think for yourselves. I know using the hashtag #foodie in your Twitter and Instagram posts gives you a hell amount of reach. There was a time when I used it a lot also but then realized it’s not really worth it because someone who genuinely cares about food will never want to be called a foodie.
I love to cook. I love to eat. I love my food period. But I just wouldn’t like to be called a foodie at any point of my life!