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Q: Words That Mean Food Enthusiast/Lover in English or Italian ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: Words That Mean Food Enthusiast/Lover in English or Italian
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: lookingin-ga
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Posted: 07 Sep 2006 14:36 PDT
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Could you provide a list of English or Italian words that mean lover
of food or food enthusiast?

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 07 Sep 2006 17:47 PDT
Let me know if these are the sort of English words you're looking for:

bon vivant

As for the Italian, I don't speak the language, but if you let us know
how many words you are expecting, perhaps someone can provide them in
order to answer your question.

Subject: Re: Words That Mean Food Enthusiast/Lover in English or Italian
Answered By: jackburton-ga on 11 Sep 2006 07:55 PDT
Hello lookingin,
Below is a list of english and Italian words which I hope you'll find suitable. 
English words:
afficionado (as in "food afficionado")
- "An enthusiastic admirer or follower; a fan."
bon vivant
- "A person with refined taste, especially one who enjoys superb food and drink."
buff (as in "food buff")
- "A person who is ardently devoted to a particular subject or activity"
connoisseur (as in "connoisseur of food")
- "1. A person with expert knowledge or training, especially in the
fine arts. 2. A person of informed and discriminating taste: a
connoisseur of fine wines."
- "A person with refined taste, especially in food and wine."
enthusiast (as in "food enthusiast")
- "A person who is ardently devoted to a particular subject or activity"
foodphile (food + phile)
- "The suffix -phile means "someone who likes, desires, or loves
(someone or something)"
- "A connoisseur of good food and drink; a gourmet. Also called gastronomist."
- variant form of gastronome (see above). 
- "A person who eats or consumes immoderate amounts of food and drink"
- see "gourmet"
- "A connoisseur of fine food and drink."
Usage note: A gourmet is a person with discriminating taste in food
and wine, as is a gourmand. Because gourmand can also mean "one who
enjoys food in great quantities" or even "a gluttonous eater," care
should be taken to make clear its intended sense. An epicure is much
the same as a gourmet, but the word may sometimes carry overtones of
excessive refinement. This use of epicure is a misrepresentation of
Epicurean philosophy, which, while it professed that pleasure was the
highest good, was hardly given to excessive concern with food and
Italian words:
amante del cibo = lover of food (literally)
buongustaio (nm) = gourmet
capocuoco (nm) = chef
epicureo (nm) = epicurean
gastronomo (nm) = gastronome (gastronomer); gastronomist
ghiottone (nm) = gourmand
I hope you find this information useful.
Best regards,
Subject: Re: Words That Mean Food Enthusiast/Lover in English or Italian
From: canadianhelper-ga on 09 Sep 2006 02:36 PDT

etc etc...

Put Gastronome into a thesaurus and see what comes back:

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