Nowadays, Everyone's a Foodie

What does the term 'food snob' mean anymore?
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2009 2:35 PM CDT
Everyone seems to have jumped on the gourmet food bandwagon.   (©jlastras)

(Newser) – Trends being what they are, the definition of "foodie" has always been a moving target, and these days, the term seems broader than ever. “You used to be a food snob if you knew all the different kinds of truffles and foie gras,” one expert tells the New York Daily News. “Now the snob is the person who’s at the taco truck in Queens or the pizza place in the Bronx.”

Since the term “foodie” was coined in 1984, its meaning has shifted. Once-exotic ingredients, from sun-dried tomatoes to balsamic vinegar, are now common. And trend awareness, far from being unusual, is a common denominator. “Food has the attention of the President of the United States and his wife,” says the CEO of the French Culinary Institute. “It’s getting a lot less snobby.”