Five Phrases That Should Be Banished For Our Food Talk

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We are food bloggers. We get it. Sometimes it can become challenging to find just the right words to describe the amazing deliciousness of a recipe you’ve tried or created.  I mean, you really want people to take your word for it and try it for themselves.  Amid all the food talk online you don’t want your pasta a’la fromage to be white noise. But, here’s the thing….well….things are getting out of hand.  It’s time we had a talk. There are a few phrases, turned hashtags, that we really have had enough of.

Food Talk

1. Food Porn

Y’all, porn is disgusting, exploitive to women and children, objectifying of the human person, dismissive of human dignity and destructive to society.  So, your Caprese Eggs Benedict may plate really well and taste fantastic, accompanied by a French rosé. But, it’s not porn. Unless you plan on serving it on someone’s boobs.

2. Foodgasm

This goes along with the first one. Seriously, if Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies can be compared with sex, I think you may have been doing it wrong.

3. Sinful

Ack. Food is not sinful. Even something sautéed in butter, dusted with cocoa powder, dipped in flour, wrapped in bacon, served with pound cake with a side of whisky, it’s still not a sin.  Unless you’re Catholic eating a double cheese burger on Good Friday or you’re Jewish polishing off bacon wrapped shrimp, I’d like the comparison of sin and food to stop. First of all it makes food seem bad, which it’s not. Or it makes sin seem good, which it’s not.  I’d much prefer you say a food taste heavenly than sinful.  Food is a gift from God and an integral part of life.  So, let’s keep it in perspective.

4. Crack

I don’t think we really have to explain this one, do we?  Sure Cheesy Bacon Bread is yummy and it will leave you wanting more. But, I hardly think you’ll start stealing money from your grandmother’s purse and trying to outrun the police just to buy cheddar, bacon, and bread.  Drugs ruin people’s lives–body and soul. Cheesy Bacon Bread gives you temporary bad breath, but no one cares because they are eating it with you.

5. Cheat Meals

**sigh**  Again, why the negativity???? If I decided that I would like to have a scoop of ice cream and a Trader Joe’s Maple Leaf cookie, I will have it. I will enjoy it, thoroughly. I will not feel even one moment of guilt about it. And I will move on from it and drink my bone broth and kombucha and eat my salads.  I did not cheat. There should be no connotation of sneaking around and doing something subversive. I don’t think there should be any apology made for times of feasting! Times of feasting are just as crucial in the life of any person as times of fasting.  Neither one is the norm.  But, when we say “cheating” it gives the impression that the fast or deprivation is the norm and the feast is negative. There is an ebb and flow to life–including our food choices. Respect the ebb and the flow.

We love food. We love writing about food. We love reading all your blog and Instagram posts about food. So for the love of real food everywhere, strike these phrases from your vocabulary. Thank you. (And you’re welcome.)


  1. Thank you for this great article.
    By coincidence, today I read the expression “mailporn” in a snailmail blog, to indicate “very pretty mail”. That is awful, too. 
    Blessings, Elena

  2. Georgina - July 7, 2015

    May I add #6?  I hear “dirty food” on FoodNetwork.  The word reeks of bad, yes, sexual connotation.  Why?!   Just because someone coined the term “eating clean”?  I too am embarrassed by our society.  Advertisers know “sex sells” and some of us grew up with toothpaste’s promise of being more attractive with whiter teeth and minty fresh breath.  I get that.  Today jarred pasta sauce is sexy.  Huh?  I don’t get that.  We all know that cheeseburgers are not sexy.  I change the channel.  I hope this is a short-lived phase.  It’s already too old and passe for me.  God help our children.  They deserve better.

    Love your humor Daja!  God bless The Provision Room and all who visit.

  3. What a great post! It is scary to think that even our perception of food is being influenced by sexual objectification.

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