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date: 19 February 2018

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The chapter defines foodies as people who are enthusiasts about food for aesthetic reasons and explores the reasons behind the morally tinged antipathy many people have toward foodies so defined. Setting aside concerns with elitism and snobbishness that pertain to any activity or passion that is associated with privilege, and objections that are based on a negative stereotype that is inessential to foodieism, the chapter considers what criticisms might apply specifically to foodieism in contrast to other bourgeois interests. Criticisms and attitudes based on the (sometimes unexpressed) thought that food is a low or bestial pleasure are discussed and rejected. Thus, the chapter concludes that there need be no tension between ethics and foodieism.

Keywords: foodie, high and low pleasures, the aesthetics of food, foodieism

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