The author Steven Poole has written a new e-book entitled “You Aren’t What You Eat,” which dives into the idea that the foodies have become “foodist.” He tackles the snobbish perspective some people have when it comes to what food they eat.
Here is an excerpt from an interview he did with National Post:
Q: What got you thinking that foodie culture has gone too far?A: The thing that really tipped me over was when I suddenly realized what I find more than ridiculous and actually quite offensive is the moralistic aspect to foodism — the idea that if you don’t care about food as much as the people who are insanely interested in food, there’s something wrong with you, that you’re somehow morally inferior. I found that really condescending and wrong and I wanted to take a stand against it. There’s a real kind of snobbery and, it seems to me, hatred of the poor. I would even put it that strongly. And I think foodism does tend to entrench a division of classes —‘the masses are eating badly and we must somehow educate them or force them into what we think they should eat and they should be prevented from eating what they want to eat’ as though that’s suddenly going to make their lives better.
You can find his book here.
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