Foodieism may have officially jumped the shark. The AP Stylebook, long considered the newspaper industry standard guide for grammar, punctuation, and usage, has debuted a new section entitled Food Guidelines in its 2011 edition.
According to a release, the 16-page section features more than 400 food names and terms, including 140 new entries. Such words of the moment as locavore (“The preferred term for a person who strives to eat locally produced foods”), huitlacoche (“Also called corn smut. A fungus that grows on corn. Considered a delicacy of Mexican cuisine, it has a smoky-sweet flavor”), and orecchiette (“A small, disk-like pasta”) make the cut. But this could be a slippery slope. Considering the rate at which food writers invent new words, the Food Guidelines section could swell to its own tome in no time.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 17, 2011