The Moral Crusade Against Foodies: Gluttony Dressed Up As Foodie-ism Is Still Gluttony, BR Myers for The Atlantic, March 2011
Myers characterized members of the foodie community as:
Self-involved - Myers quotes Francine Prose in her prize-winning Saveur article Faith and Bacon:
"Yet she finds it unrealistic to hope that humans could ever suppress their "baser appetites ... for the benefit of other humans, flora, and fauna." "Vulgar - Myers quotes Dana Goodyear in her article in Best Food Writing 2010:
"[Goodyear] tells how a restaurant served head cheese (meat jelly made from an animal's head) to an unwitting Jew:"Intolerant - Says Myers, "One must never spoil a dinner party for mere religious or ethical reasons." Quoting Anthony Bordain:"One woman, when [chef Jon] Shook finally had a chance to explain, spat it out on the table and said, “Oh my fucking God, I’ve been kosher for thirty-two years.” Shook giggled, recollecting. “Not any more you ain’t!” "
"Taking your belief system on the road - or to other people’s houses - makes me angry."Gluttonous - Myers quotes Todd Kliman in Best Food Writing:
"You eat and eat and eat ... long after you’re full. Being overstuffed, for the food lover, is not a moral problem."Gluttony, as Myers notes, is not primarily an act of overeating, but an "inordinate preoccupation" with food - you can be thin and still be gluttonous. He ascribes that definition, as well, to the Catholic Church which had me wondering just how broad the Church defines it:
"... to eat or drink for the mere pleasure of the experience, and for that exclusively, is likewise to commit the sin of gluttony."But the Church doesn't limit the definition of gluttony to food. One may engage in spiritual gluttony, "the disposition of those who, in prayer and other acts of religion, are always in search of sensible sweetness." Pleasure for pleasure's sake, they say, "is a very great imperfection and productive of great evils."
- Catholic Encyclopedia: Gluttony
From what I can tell, most people think Myers' criticisms are unfounded, or at least unfair.