Food bloggers don't have a union or a coffee-break room. We just have the Internet and a title that is too all-encompassing to be very helpful.
But occasionally one of the pack steps up and, like Susan Powter, makes a call to "stop the insanity." In this case, I have to tip my virtual fedora to The Chicago Tribune's Christopher Borrelli, who is simply asking foodies to calm the hell down.
Borrelli does take a few digs at the festishizing of chefs and foodies' need to photo-catalog meals online in beautiful, page-stretching shots. But the main thrust of his post is that foodies need to step back from the incessant need to source their food and instead remember to enjoy what they're eating. It's about using one's senses rather than hyperbole.
Borrelli quotes chef Kim Dalton, who explains how things have gotten out of control:
This whole foodie ideology where people are always talking about their food and worrying about food and where everything on their plate is from -- I'm tired of it. I feel like an existential drag saying that. But going out with friends now means eating with picky people. Everyone likes good food. This is an unhealthy obsession.And this is where food culture intersects with fantasy football and indie band worshiping. In the rush to demonstrate the superiority of knowledge, there's a loss of the joy that comes from acquiring that knowledge. One of my recent goals is to try and judge each restaurant on its own merits, basing my overall opinion of my meal on my expectations going in and the actual price.