I read this the other day and really agreed with him.
Anthony Bourdain (interviewed byKatherine Shilcutt),
The biggest problem I have with this “foodie”-ism is the lack of a sense of humor. You know? Those foodies who don’t have a sense of humor and who are angry or proprietary about their choices. That’s less fun. People who collect dining experiences like butterfly collectors rather than enthusiasts. But I think anyone who’s genuinely taking pleasure in food — and not just food in a vacuum — is something that a lot of foodies miss. If you’re using food to fill up an empty spot in your soul or your social life [laughs] and you’re collecting these experiences so you can bludgeon people with them online, then clearly there’s something distorted there…But anyone who genuinely enjoys food or cooking or even just likes eating as part of a larger picture — because they like people and like drinking and like talking and communicating — that’s why the meal’s so great, presumably. Most of the time it’s because it’s fun. It’s pleasurable. It’s part of a larger social contract. Great meals, more often than not, can’t exist in a vacuum.
I totally agree with all that. I get really bored by all those people who are so obsessed with food and trying the newest greatest thing that all they talk about is those things. I’m interested in food for sure, and interested in most things to do about it. BUT I am not interested in it to the exclusion of all other things. There are other parts of my life that are equally interesting.
And sometimes I get home at the end of a day and just am not that interested in food. A couple of slices of toast with cheap cheddar cheese on is just fine. Shocking isn’t it?