Are you an epicure, gastronome, gourmet, gourmand or glutton?
The Old Foodie, of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, takes on the discussion thusly:
“In the lexicon of lip-smacking, an epicure is fastidious in his choice and enjoyment of food, just a soupçon more expert than a gastronome; a gourmet is a connoisseur of the exotic, taste buds attuned to the calibrations of deliciousness, who savors the masterly techniques of great chefs; a gourmand is a hearty bon vivant who enjoys food without truffles and flourishes; a glutton overindulges greedily, the word rooted in the Latin for ‘one who devours.’…
“After eating, an epicure gives a thin smile of satisfaction; a gastronome, burping into his napkin, praises the food in a magazine; a gourmet, repressing his burp, criticizes the food in the same magazine; a gourmand belches happily and tells everybody where he ate; a glutton embraces the white porcelain altar, or, more plainly, he barfs.”
THE NIBBLE’s take is a bit different. Here is our response to an inquiry from a reader:
FOODIE: A foodie can be defined as someone who has a passion for high quality food, and pursues it with zeal. Foodies are interested in all foods, including everyday and casual foods like breads and potato chips, as long as they are the finest quality.
A foodie is a different psychographic than a gourmet. A gourmet is considered to be a person who has sophisticated tastes in food and wine. Foodies can be gourmets, but many foodies are not gourmets: They just prefer the best of the basics.
By the same token, some gourmets are not foodies: They prefer their rarefied experiences, and are not excited, e.g., by the thought of searching Chinatown for the best scallion pancakes, or finding a truly amazing old-fashioned jelly doughnut.
A foodie is not, then, someone who likes to eat out (almost everyone does) or photograph and post his/her food online (most people of a certain inclination do). It just makes you like everyone else in today’s culture.
 Official Foodie Handbook, published in London in 1984, launched the concept of the foodie (photo courtesy Arbor House Publishing Company).  Buy the shirt at Burger Junkies.