Why aren’t you a food snob?

I have been judged for quite a many things in my life, but one I am growing tired of is being a food snob. Many people constantly tell me I am a picky eater. They are sadly mistaken. I am a genuine foodie.

It truly saddens me that many Americans have no appreciation for real or good food. When it comes to food they care about how cheap it is and how much they can  get? Just the thought of that makes my skin crawl. I know you all know these people. They are first to chime in that their favorite restaurant is Olive Garden. Dear God, help them in their time of need.

Food was meant to be cooked slowly, and eaten slowly, so that every bite can be savored and appreciated for it’s diverse flavors. When I met the wife she had never had real food. Ever. Still the food her mother puts out for a meal frightens me. We have begun simply bringing our own food. Yes, I know that is probably rude, but you have not seen the stuff being she “cooks.”

It has taken me two years, but I have successfully transformed the wife into a food snob. Ice cream from scratch, homemade biscuits, slowly smoked chicken, Beef Wellington for holidays!! I am getting goosebumps just imagining the deliciousness. Many friends ask how do I have the time. It does not take any more time to cook from scratch then it does from a frozen box. This is a lie Americans tell themselves, so they feel less guilty for feeding their family horrid food.

Beef Wellington in all it’s glory

If the food is not good, don’t eat it. It is as simple as that.

If the food is processed, or full of chemical compounds, don’t eat it. Run away you just saw a monster.

If the food is genetically modified, or heaven forbid uses genetically modified oil, burn it. Genetically modified food has scientifically been shown to make rats unable to produce children. Which is why it is banned in 50 countries. Not the good ol’ USA though. We only ban things that have no impact on us.

I wish I could spend my time teaching moms how to cook from scratch with their families. It is not only a fun way to pass the time, but a wonderful learning experience for everyone. Every sunday I would have classes where you brought the whole family and we could learn how to cook a simple from scratch meal that you could take home for sunday dinner.

Changing lives one meal at a time.

*image from www.happydaycatering.com

32 thoughts on “Why aren’t you a food snob?

  1. NC,
    I agree… Being called a “snob” is disappointing… a snob is someone who “pretends” to be something s/he is not. You’re a full fledged foodie, as I am a full fledged magnificent clown.
    Le Clown

  2. The more good food that I eat, the less tolerance I have for “fast” food. There is one thing we do ban that makes a difference. Apparently due to our laws we cannot make any of the soft cheeses in this country. And that is truly sad

  3. Interestingly I raised a foodie (not a snob) even though I fed her some of the worst tasting, ill prepared food ever. Her passion for good food is contagious and it really is more enjoyable to eat (mostly) real food. And allows me to enjoy one of THE best things in the world which I’d given up – BAKING. We’re not 100% there but closer all the time.

  4. Touchy subject. My sister-in-law, who buys chicken in bulk, loves to say things like “I know you won’t eat it, you too good for this chicken” Yea, sorry I’m not into eating chickens with 2 beaks and 4 legs. Meanwhile her 21year old daughter is well over 200 pounds and has already had her gallbladder removed. Her insults have no substance in my world.

    • It is a touchy subject. I feel so sorry for her daughter. I usually tell people when they say I am too good for the food, I am simply not trying to kill myself slowly by poisoning my body with that nasty food. But you are welcome to do whatever you want with yours.

  5. I am a foodie; I try hard to make my children foodies, too. BUT, they won’t eat 1/10th the stuff I do. I get really frustrated with the cooking and parenting magazines that yap about how kid friendly you can make things like kale by having the kids make their own pizzas with it or by just “tossing some into the soup.” Yeah. Toss it in the soup and suddenly the soup they would have eaten a minute ago becomes inedible. So, I try to make things that I can pull something plain out of and then add the good stuff. I always offer the stuff I eat and occasionally they eat it.

    It’s really hard to cook during the week, though ’cause I work evenings and my husband can’t cook. So, I make something ahead of time to rehear or they make sandwiches. There is some hope for my kids ’cause they watch cooking shows, like Top Chef. My son actually counts squid ink linguine among his favorite foods.

    • You can do it!! All four of mine are completely on board – have been for 10 years, since they were born. What I eat is what they eat. Training is hard (kids are wired to be picky), but they quickly fall into line. Hunger is the amazing motivator! When they make enough money to go buy what they want, then they can do that, and I’ll let them. Until then, it’s my job to keep healthy, and I do that with wholesome, fresh food at home.

    • Have you read French kids eat everything? I might suggest that. I would also say, it takes time to transition to eating healthy things. If your kids are not into it don’t give up, just slowly work towards it. Squid linguine is quite impressive there is totally hope.

  6. Here here. It would delight me to no end to see at least 10 of the 20 fast food chains in our 5-mile-radius go away. Really? Do we really eat out THAT much? Such a waste.

    As for me, I like the no-processing method of eating (pick it, shake/wipe it, eat it), or the minimally processed (buy it, wash it, chop it, toss it, eat it). I rarely cook anything anymore. Frees up more time to dine as a family and laugh and chat while we nourish our bodies. And clean-up is a cinch.

    I think some in my family would call me a “meat snob.” LOL

  7. Do you really have beef wellington for holidays? I am coming over! I have just made myself T’s Honorary Aunt F and I am soooooo invited for beef wellington!

  8. I agree with you 100%! If I’m eating it and paying for it, I want it to taste good. The same goes for coffee and being called a “coffee snob”.

  9. My daughter became a vegetarian when she was 10. We are used to carting food with us, and it’s not a bad thing. I can make a mean black-bean burger. I’m like you. I’d rather have well-prepared food any day.

  10. Last year, my 12-year-old’s health and well-being teacher showed their class the movie Food Inc. From one day to the next I heard no more begging for fast food. She wouldn’t eat it. Just a thought. And from there it was a small step to being pretty much vegetarian. She still doesn’t like spinach or kale in her food, but you can throw kale or spinach into a fruit smoothie and they’ll never know.

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