Cultivore…Snap-and-eater…Martha maiden? Which one are you?

I enjoyed reading this article which appeared on yesterday.

If I have to label myself, I’d say I lean towards being a locavore – as much as is realistically possible. At least, I try to eat according to the seasons. I’d also have to consider myself a snap-and-eater!

How about you?

April 2, 2008
By Kathleen Purvis
Mcclatchy Newspapers, Detroit Free Press, United States

Are you a baggist? Or an omnibore?

It started with “carnivore” — someone who eats meat. Then we had “omnivore” — someone who eats from all food groups.

Next came “locavore” — someone who eats food grown or produced locally. “Locavore” ended up being named “Word of the Year” last year by the New Oxford American Dictionary.

Now it’s really taking off. I was on an eating trip with friends the other night when they announced they were “opportunivores.” They’ll eat anything when they get the chance.

That started the new food words spinning in my head. If you spend enough time in the food world — prowling for restaurants, poking around the food Web sites — you’ll see all kinds of tribes.

Let’s see, could they be …

Cultivores: These are members of the eating cults, people who lurch from one food fad to the next in search of the most obscure food.

Omnibores: People who endlessly brag about all the places where they’ve eaten, including neighborhoods, cities and very distant countries.

Snap-and-eaters: People who shoot pictures of their plates to post on blogs.

Baggists: Those who bring their own bags everywhere. (“Sorry I’m late — I got caught in line behind a baggist with $300 worth of frozen food.”)

Campovores: People who take gourmet meals on camp-outs.

Campyvores: People who embrace any food with retro appeal. Their logo would be a marshmallow Peep holding a pack of Teaberry gum.

Cardivores: People who hold up the takeout line at lunch while they shuffle through their wallet for their frequent-buyer card.

Gimmemores: People who have no standards for food other than portion size.

Foodfearists: Otherwise mature adults who are still avoiding things they didn’t like when they were children. “Don’t serve me anything green — I’m a foodfearist.”

Never-happytarians: People who pick apart every meal, particularly any meal in a restaurant that got a favorable review.

Martha maidens: People who make everything from scratch, right down to forging the metal for their own pots. (Avoid getting a gift from a Martha maiden. You have to make your own paper and ink for the thank-you card.)

A Childsian Slip: This is when someone shows off his or her knowledge of food but misuses the words. Named in honor of all the people who think the name of the late cookbook author was “Julia Childs.”

Serving up at-home food and flicks

Dinner and a movie. It’s as perfect a pairing as salt and pepper, Ben and Jerry, peanut butter and jelly, Milo and Otis, chocolate and caramel, sour cream and onion, oil and vinegar, milk and cookies, M and M’s……..

Dinner and a movie is also a perfect way to spend an entertaining evening out – or in.

When you choose to enjoy dinner and a movie at home, forget what you’ve heard about the perils of eating in front of the TV. Let the movie you plan to watch inspire some creative menu planning. Or, if you’re short on ideas, look for any of the following books at your local library or bookstore. They are all great sources of inspiration for recipes and menus to pair with a wide range of movies. (If you want to watch a foodie flick, check my March 31st post for lists of movies about food or with food scenes.)

1. Dinner and a Movie by G & R Publishing, 2006

2. Movie Menus: Recipes for Perfect Meals with Your Favourite Films by Francine Segan, Villard, 2004

3. Claud Mann’s Dinner & A Movie Cookbook by Claud Mann, Andrews McNeil Publishing, 2003

4. More Than Just Dinner and a Movie by Gordana Mosher, Spice of Life Books, 2001

5. Generation Eats: Great Recipes for a Fast Forward Culture by Amy Rosen, Warwick Publishing Inc., 1997

6. Dinner & A Movie Cookbook by Kimberlee Carlson, Andrews McNeil Publishing, 1993

7. From Group’s Dinner and a Movie: Friendship, Faith, and Fun Series:

– Adrenaline Rush: Flix for Guys by Brian Diede, Mikal Keefer, Tony Nappa and Michael Van Schooneveld, Group Publishing, 2007
– Friendship, Faith and Fun for Small Groups by Cheri R. Gillard, Group Publishing, 2005
– G-Rated: Friendship, Faith, and Fun for all Ages by Linda Crawford, Heather Dunn and Gina Leuthausen, Group Publishing, 2007
– Chick Flicks, Group Publishing, 2006
– Chick Flicks 2, Group Publishing (available June 2008)

Beyond popcorn: enjoying food in film


If you enjoy watching films that centre around food or include references to food or scenes with food, you’ll want to check out the lists of foodie flicks found on Gastronomica magazine’s website and in The Nibble online magazine.

Although the lists aren’t comprehensive (I couldn’t find Chicken Run, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Fast Food Nation, or Ratatouille on either list), there are lots of food-based movies or movies with memorable food scenes to choose from on both lists. There is also a description about each movie in case the titles don’t sound familiar. On The Nibble’s site, you can access an alphabetical list of food movies or a list by genre.

My personal film library isn’t very extensive…..yet. It includes the afore-mentioned Chicken Run and Ratatouille, and of course Chocolat. Rather pathetic a collection (in terms of quantity, that is) compared to the hundreds of cookbooks, general interest books about food, and novels (culinary mysteries mostly) that line the bookcases in my home office, the family room and the sun room, and sit in messy piles by my desk and my bed.

Speaking of books, if you want to learn more about the role of food and dining in filmography, these books will provide food for thought:

  • Food, Film & Culture: A Genre Study by James R. Keller, McFarland & Company, Inc., 2006
  • Food in the Movies by Steve Zimmerman & Ken Weiss, McFarland & Company, Inc., 2005
  • Reel Food: Essays on Food and Film by Anne Bower, Routledge, 2004
  • Food in Film: A Culinary Performance of Communication by Jane Ferry, Routledge, 2003
  • Reel Meals, Set Meals by Gaye Poole, Currency Press Pty Ltd., 1999