the author asserts that 2010 was and is (at least for the next 24 hours) THE YEAR OF FOOD. i, for one have hit a food coma. while the term ‘foochebag’ is a bit strong, an article from christopher borrelli in the chicago tribune hits the nose on the head: borrelli asks his readers, “am i the only one tired of this?”, this referring to the food culture that has slowly engrossed mainstream society.
my answer is no, you’re not. and it’s clear that much of the internet is in agreement with you. although the mainstream food movement of the past few years has resulted in a democratization of food, increased availability of certain foods and restaurants (hello, cupcake shops!) and a greater demand to know more about our food, it’s also created this elite bubble and with it, expectations.
the bloggess, jenny lawson, plays off of this in a post on cafemom. i know, you’re wondering what a mommy blog has to do with a food blog. (actually, i hope you’re not.) go, read it. laugh your head off, and come back.
jenny writes about the circle of shame at the playground, but i’m inclined to believe that this can be found in other social circles, including among foodies. “what? you don’t get your meat from a local farm?” “well, no i’m vegetarian. it’s cheaper and better for the environment”.
an individual whom i greatly admire and respect told me about their considerations when buying food. they were honest considerations: they wanted the food to be good, but still affordable. i’m inclined to agree with those principles. on the other hand, there are the folks that the chicago tribune refers to in the article, who come in day in and day out, wanting to know if the eggs are organic or the beef grass-fed.
globalization and the recent democratization of food trends has resulted in more choices. and the more choices we have, the more we are able to judge one another, and ourselves, on those choices.
while these choices mean that was can choose ‘better’, whatever that means, occasionally we need to stop and remember that food, aside from being necessary to human life, is a hobby for many of us. and that we’re better for not letting it take over our lives.