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Fed Up with the Foodie Craze

Jun 01, 2015 11:33AM ● By Larry Richert
It really wasn’t that long ago when I heard the word for the first time—‘foodie.’ I remember thinking that it was a clever way of describing someone who is really, really into food, never realizing how much more there was to it. Nowadays, everywhere you go you are likely to see, hear and taste the wave of ‘foodies information’ overload.

I noticed in the grocery checkout line recently that the magazines staring me in the face had titles like Bon Appétit, Food, Eating Well and even Vegetarian Times! What happened to the good old days when Weekly World News ruled the roost? Oh, there are still tabloids, but they only focus on one subject—the Kardashians (including spin-off stories about Bruce Jenner’s ordeal.) You don’t even see headlines about aliens anymore…unless they’re stealing food.

According to, a Foodie is described as a person keenly interested in food, especially in eating or cooking. Wikipedia says that a foodie is a gourmet, or a person who has an ardent or refined interest in food and alcoholic beverages. A foodie seeks new food experiences as a hobby, rather than simply eating out of convenience or hunger.

That’s it! Humans have finally evolved to the point where we no longer eat because we have to survive...we eat to experience a new eating experience. Think about it. Who would have ever dreamed that there would be an entire network dedicated just to food? Not just one channel, but many that show every imaginable food-related product as well as ways to prepare food, and even shows that save restaurants from going under.

Iron Chef, Chopped, Food Feuds and Restaurant: Impossible are just a handful of titles from the most popular shows where all they do is talk about food. It’s no longer acceptable to just throw something together at home; you must make it a presentation. Now selecting a restaurant is a week-long process that requires input from multiple sources to decide where the perfect place to dine might be.

Food, food and more food—no wonder we all are gaining weight! I predict that the next full-time network to be launched will be called Weight Loss Network. While there are plenty of diet plans and infomercials with every imaginable variety of sure-fire programs to absolutely lose weight, there isn’t a network focused solely on the subject.

I have an idea… eat less, move more. I’ve just given away the title of my new book. Does that make me anti-foodie? Absolutely not—I love food just as much as the next guy: burgers and fries and chocolate milkshakes, too. How about pizza? Make it coal-fired for good measure. I also recall when beer was just beer. Don’t get me started with the craft beer foodie craze.

Come to think of it, I now remember the other magazine that I saw in the checkout line—the one that has lasted as long as all the others. Weight Watchers.