What Being a Foodie Means to Me

cool-cartoon-1089012Let’s just get this out of the way now and agree, food is great. For some, food is seen as a necessity for survival. For others, food creates an experience in which family, friends, and even strangers can come together to share culture, religion, politics, and stories. Over all, the possibilities with food are seemingly endless, in both a preparation and execution fashion. But about the people who are eating this said food? They vary just as much as the food does. From ages to gender, and everything in between, the list goes on. The same can be said for their food preferences. Some of them couldn’t care less what’s on the plate, they’ll eat just about anything. Others, will throw a fit if their meal doesn’t meet their specifications. Some know what they like and will try, on occasion, to be adventurous, to experience something new. Others will stick to what they know; its the familiar stuff that makes them happy. Considering such a variation of food eaters out there, where exactly do people who identify as foodies come in? In fact, what is a foodie?

According to the ever-reliable Urbandictionary.com, a foodie is:

A person that spends a keen amount of attention and energy on knowing the ingredients of food, the proper preparation of food, and finds great enjoyment in top-notch ingredients and exemplary preparation.

Yea, that sounds about right. Foodies are people who have apparently taken their love of food to the next level. These are the people who will geek out at the sign of a sale at of cookery or bake-ware on Amazon.com or at William & Sonoma. These are the people who will always have a camera on them whenever they go anywhere related to food, be it a strawberry field, farmer’s market, or restaurant. Basically, foodies are those who fall in the grey area between interest and obsession. Think trekies but for the food world.

So what exactly does this have to do with me? Well, since having my foodie awakening back in 2010, I’ve learned much regarding gastronomy and the culinary world. Prior to 2010, I was one of those people who simply ate food without thinking much about what I was putting into my mouth. Today, I try and stay on top of what is going on in the food world regarding flavor trends, social issues, and what not. While my friends are busy scrolling through Tumblr, I’m searching the web for new food blogs and recipes. Being a foodie is more than just a past time or a hobby, it has become a part of who I am. Not only do I love food, I appreciate it. For me at least, that’s the core of what being a foodie is all about. Appreciation.

One final note before signing off today. While I love being me, what I love about being a foodie is that I am not the only one. There is an ever growing population of us! Foodies United should totally become a thing, whether a website or some form of national/international club or organization. I know that I would join. Would you?

Till next time,

Litbaker

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Foodie Brain Blast!!!!!

Two posts in one day? My god, whatever this must be about has to be important!

*Drums roll in the distance*

I believe that I have done it, that I have found one of the seven wonders within the foodie universe. What is this earth shattering discovery? Its called FoodFanatic.com and for someone who merely hours before was commenting on how their life is surrounded by food, this website is like a godsend. How do I know that I have stumbled upon a foodie Shangrila? Because of what is written on the about us page: “Food Fanatic was created with a few simple ideas in mind. We love food, in fact, you’d say we’re downright fanatical about it. But we also love pretty pictures, excellent writing, and people who are passionate – maybe even fanatics themselves – about creating good food. -”

*Swoons*

Food, passion, pictures, and writing? It’s like four of the most important things ever coming together and forming the Justice League of foodie websites. Just like Seriouseats.com, this website offers an extensive list of different recipes. It has healthy recipes, one pot meals, desserts, vegetarian recipes, even a section labeled ‘Food Network Recipes’. How much better can you get? On top of all of this awesomeness, where this website really finds its charm is the fact that they have different bloggers -fanatics- writing in their own recipes for their respective section. I think that that is so cool, having real people simply doing what they love, baking and cooking. I highly suggest checking out this website as I will most likely be doing for the next few hours.

And yes, I actually shouted out the phrase ‘Foodie Brain Blast!’ when I accidentally stumbled upon this website (while watching The American Baking Competition in the background).

Till next time,

Litbaker

The Ramblings of a Foodie Dreamer

There are two things in this massively complex world that I love: food and knowledge. Without one, we’d be dead. Without the other, well, let’s just say we wouldn’t be living in the wonders of the twenty-first century. I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that I don’t have to say anymore to convince you why both subjects are important. We good? Good. Moving on now.

This blog, a rather rash idea suddenly spurred into action, is not going to be about me. Ok, a little bit of it will be about me, but I am not the star of the show. Food is along with the history behind it. Think of this blog as a research blog, one that has little crumbs of knowledge interspersed amongst recipes and the ramblings of a wanna be librarian and food-fanatic. Have I lost you? Let me try explaining this again. History is all around us, some of it more obvious than others. What I desire to do with this rather small piece of web-space is to showcase and highlight the history of food, its presence and impact on both my life and yours. How? By focusing on those that have made food what it is today. From the history of cookbooks in America to the [abridged] biographies of culinary heros and trendsetters, I wish to uncover and understand why our modern culture of food is the way that it is today.  Throw in some niffy parts about me learning how to cook while researching these food heavy-weights along with studying to become a librarian and I’d say you’re in for a grand old time!

Now before you comment, I am quite aware of the magnitude of this project. It is going to take a lot of perseverance, research, money, and a sturdy wall to bang my head against during times of frustration. Is it going to be easy? Probably not, though I’m grateful that I possess quite a few skills when it comes to doing research (thanks to my sociology degree and four year work experience as a student librarian). And I’ll also say this, I can cook (kind of) as well as bake, so I won’t be hopping into a kitchen completely clueless. That’s already half the battle right there. Additionally, I will try very hard not make my posts the same lengths as something like an honors thesis. My goal is to be informative, to inspire the readers to do some research of their own if anything that I write intrigues them. The same applies to the recipes that I will feature; please give them a whirl and let me know how it works out for you. I have a massive recipe list stored on my computer, Demyx  (I’ll explain the name later) that I’ll post eventually.

That’s all for now  though I can assure you, more will be coming and its either going to be awesome or just simply hilarious. Either way, you’ll have something that will amuse you.

Till next time in which I promise to have 1). something informative to say, 2). an actual recipe, and 3). cute cat pictures,

Litbaker