Tuesday, December 28, 2004
Can anyone tell me when "Gourmand" began being used interchangeably with "Gourmet"? The dictionary definition of "Gourmand" is "glutton: a person who is devoted to eating and drinking to excess". A "gourmet", on the other hand, is defined as an "epicure: a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment (especially good food and drink)". I'm versatile-- wings and beer or Grilled miso-citrus scallops with mixed greens and Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2004 (Marlborough, New Zealand) are both fine with me, but let's be precise about nomenclature when we are describing the experience.
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