I don't like the word "foodie." Gourmet, gourmand and gastronome are not very appealing either but at least they sound more grown up. Foodies I know like to eat mostly and once in a while will put on an apron.
Then there is the word coined by Carlo Petrini of Slow Food: gastronomer, which includes foodies, gourmets, gourmands, epicures, environmentalists, food activists, farmers, consumers and everything else connected to growing, producing, preparing and eating food. A friend of mine suggested it might mean a food scientist assigned to the space station.
In any case, this little article kind of sums up my weariness with all the hype in the food world which, as we say in the jazz community, has become "too hip for the room."