Holy Vegetable, I Might Be a Food Snob

Pasta with vegetables

Pasta with vegetables

I’m often referred to as a food snob, usually by family and close friends but sometimes by acquaintances who like to make assumptions. The people who know me well say it to bug me, but the truth is that I do hold food to a higher standard than most, which makes me a snob in their eyes.

And you know what? I’m good with that. Food is my life, it’s what I do and what interests me most.

From my point of view it comes down to standards, which we all should have in our work. I don’t want to offend anyone, but for me it wouldn’t be a big deal to have one of those franchise tax places prepare my tax returns. But for you CPAs out there – and I know quite a few who read this blog – that would be the worst thing I could do in your eyes. And I understand why. It’s because you spent years in college, some earning a masters, then labored over the CPA exams to make yourselves experts in your field.

It’s the same concept with me and food. I study it and teach it, so of course I want my products to be the best. If I choose to spend twice as much on organic, locally grown, freshly picked heirloom tomatoes than on the chemically-ripened, mealy, each-one-looks-identical tomatoes flown in from Chile, then good for me!

And yes, I will always turn my nose up to what I consider fake food. Be it butter substitute made from chemicals I can’t pronounce to “maple” syrup that consists mainly of corn syrup, I will always prefer the real thing.

The fact of the matter is my food doesn’t have to fancy, pretentious, or even completely made from scratch. It just has to be quality.

Real food. Fresh food. Flavorful food. Good food.

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  • Tammy posted: 24 Sep at 8:33 am

    It takes time to learn about quality food, try different restaurants, make dishes, and discover what is and isn’t good in the world. It’s much easier to call someone a food snob than to put in the work. My two cents…

  • TasteStopping posted: 24 Sep at 12:53 pm

    My taxes? I can always amend them. My body is a one-shot deal. So I want to be vigilant about what goes in. The great news is that the pickier we are, the healthier we will probably be! Plus, real food just tastes better. :)

    Best,
    Casey

  • Julie posted: 25 Sep at 1:12 am

    Beautifully said and I wholeheartedly agree. I think you and those of us who prefer real food could be called “discerning” rather than snobs, sounds better too. :)

  • Headless Mom posted: 25 Sep at 4:18 pm

    My husband is a food snob, too. The only problem I have with it is that when he’s reeeeely hungry and the choices are extremely limited he gets super grouchy, won’t eat, then hungrier still. It’s a viscous cycle. If I didn’t have food snobs like you as friends, where would I get all of my great recipes?

  • Barbara posted: 27 Sep at 9:44 am

    I couldn’t agree more and despite my children acting unloved when they were little because our pantry was not filled with prepared snacks; they’ve grown up to realize it was just the opposite. I’ll take my cue from Julie…I was just discerning, not a snob!

  • Jackie posted: 28 Sep at 4:03 pm

    Thanks for all the wonderful comments. I feel better knowing I’m in good company for being “discerning.”

  • Dan posted: 30 Sep at 9:23 am

    I understand. I’m that way with beer. As Culinary School Dropout would confirm, I’ll eat darn near anything, but don’t serve me a sub-par beer. Light beers and Old Milwaukee haunt my nightmares.

  • laura posted: 30 Sep at 6:56 pm

    It was nice to meet you at BlogHer Food! I think it’s ok to be a food snob as long you are a snob for the right foods-fresh-local-real are the things I look for.
    Enjoyed your blog!

  • Jackie posted: 01 Oct at 11:57 pm

    Ah ha! Beer! I finally found your weakness. I knew there had to be one.


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