Saturday, June 7, 2008

How to Be a Better Foodie

Have you ever read a book and felt insulted by it? Yep, that's what I got out of How to Be a Better Foodie: A Bulging Little Book for the Truly Epicurious. It felt too precious, like the author was trying to prove just how much she loves food. She talks about being ahead of the curve for trends and honing the ability to find special ingredients, but she rarely talks about how things taste.

I fear that some readers might see this book as a checklist of things to covet or try in order to become a "Better Foodie." In reality, just knowing what you like and being able to talk that with some degree of knowledge is plenty. On my food blog, I don't pretend to know everything about food; I only talk about my opinions and what I personally find enjoyable. This book is exactly the kind of thing I'm trying to stay away from when I talk and write about food.


Susie said...

omg this is hilarious because I was looking through my mom's books this morning and she had this. I thought to myself "oooh, must read!" Then I looked at a few pages and immediately felt like the author was just some random woman who was acting like she knew a ton about food. She didn't seem like an expert AT ALL do me.

I put it back on the bookshelf and later my mom told me she had done the same.

Pam said...

Ha, glad I'm not the only one!