Are Foodies Single-Minded?

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We’ve all met them. The friends who try and one up you when chatting about the very fluffiest pancakes in your city or your favorite dark chocolate. Friends who always know an insider dining secret or the best way to score a coveted reservation. They’re slightly annoying to some, really annoying to others. Who are they?

The foodie. Last week B.R. Myers published a piece for The Atlantic on The Moral Crusade Against Foodies. We mentioned it very briefly on The Kitchn but we can’t stop thinking about it. In the article, Myers details his grievances with what he sees as an elitist and pious crowd. Heaven forbid corn syrup pass my lips! All eating must be a political act. Even more, all eating should be good for the earth. He discusses how foodies even tweak language when writing about food to serve their own purposes. Brutal slaughters sound almost reflective while a nice meal can suddenly be elevated to a near religious experience.

In a rather bold statement, Myers notes “So secure is the gourmet community in its newfound reputation, so sure is it of its rightness, that it now proclaims the very qualities—greed, indifference to suffering, the prioritization of food above all—that earned it so much obloquy in the first place.”

We know that so many of you read food blogs, food magazines, and cook and bake on a regular basis. Maybe you even consider yourself a foodie (or have chosen another name that makes you cringe a little less). When Myers discusses food writers, he notes that there’s a definite “gloating obsessiveness” in their habit of focusing on one single topic for numerous pages. So we wanted to ask you: Do you find foodie friends and writers overly pious and single-minded or do you think they’re simply exploring an intense interest and passion?

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