A look at what Jeffrey Boxer from DrinkingWhale.com intends to be a series, of rules, with justifications, on which, he has realized, is requirement to be his dining companion.
I recently planned a bachelor party. My friend, from high school, went to a different college than I did, so I did not know the majority of people coming to the party. I did know that a number of them followed the rules of kosher to varying degrees. As a fellow Jew, I should respect this decision, but as a culinary enthusiast trying to select dining experiences in one of the great food cities of the world, New Orleans, I felt vaguely annoyed.
While the college friends turned out to be great guys, I did find myself constantly perplexed as they struggled to find dishes acceptable to their dietary rules. I tried to discuss my emotional reaction to other people’s dining choices with another high school friend in attendance, but found that he made additional comments about the dinners that annoyed me.
In what has become a recurring realization in my life, I decided that I have unique insight into what makes a decent ‘foodie’ (or maybe just really annoying opinions, but this is my blog, so if you choose keep reading we are going to call it ‘insight’).
Below is the first set, in what I intend to be a series, of rules, with justifications, on which, I have realized, I virtually require my dining companions to agree with me:
Outside of not violating some extremely well entrenched social mores, a real foodie does not subscribe to any preset rules with respect to which foods he/she will eat. I will gladly concede, at the extreme end of the hypothetical spectrum, that it is reasonable to turn down human meat without trying it. I will even let people off the hook for not trying cats, dogs, horses, whales, and dolphins, because the mores against are so well ingrained in our society. I do, however, object to people who deprive themselves of foods that sound (or, more precisely, taste) good. Subscribers to kosher, halal, radical diets, moral vegetarianism, or, worst of all, veganism, cannot be considered foodies.
Additionally, a foodie will not have a mental block against trying offal (the unusual cuts of meat from the organs) let alone the conventional cuts from, lamb, duck, game, bivalves, or any other animal commonly consumed. If it is safe to try raw, a foodie will be willing to try it. While I rarely watch his show, I agree with Andrew Zimmern’s thesis; “if it tastes good, eat it.”
Published in: Cooking