I've been obsessed with food my whole life. I read cookbooks for sheer pleasure and love all the recipe resources online. BUT I am only a fair cook and would be hard pressed to find anything (not on the dessert menu) at most 5 star restaurants to make a meal of.
Which brings me to my question. Do you like truffle infused dishes or eat Skippy's with a spoon from the jar? Or both? What are you? A gourmand, an epicure, a gastronomist, a connoisseur? And why do these terms make me think of prissy, precious, cynical, status seeking food snobs? (When did we become so wealthy and decadent that only overpriced or hard to get ingredients are deemed worthy?)
Chowhound or foodie feels comfortable. Less "tall food" more "artisanal." Maybe they are two sides of the same coin.