Poll: Are you feeling foodie fatigue?
Make some time to read this humorous and insightful piece written by our colleague Christopher Borrelli over at the Chicago Tribune. It's a heart-felt plea -- enough already! -- for calm in foodie nation. It's long, but it's worth it as it takes a look at the tiring "food-knowledge-as-competition thing, the fetishizing of "Top Chef," the debates over home sous-vide machines, the Twitter wars between chefs, farm-to-table dinners, lardcore, whoopie pies, raw milk, bitters."
This quote in the piece captures it best:
"Having more people interested in good food is never a bad thing," said food writer Amanda Hesser, who recently assembled "The Essential New York Times Cookbook." But what she can't stand, she said, is eating dinner with people who "only want to talk about food and every place where they ate, like, doughnuts or something, and where the best doughnuts are secretly found. Knowing a lot about food culture is a good thing. That cataloguing of food experience is becoming tiresome. I'm pro-food experts. I'm just not so sure I want to have dinner with them or have them judge me on the coffee I drink."
I also plead guilty to participating in some of this foodiot hysteria. What do you think? Are you guilty too? Or are you just tired of it all and glad that someone finally pointed it all out? Weigh in:
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Photo: Molecular gastronomy meets Super Bowl buffalo wings in this dish by "Top Chef"-er Michael Voltaggio. And while I do suffer foodie fatique, I doubt that I'd ever get tired eating this (or anything else he serves). Photo credit: Krista Simmons / Los Angeles Times