gourmand \GOOR-mahnd\ noun1 : one who is excessively fond of eating and drinking 2 : one who is heartily interested in good food and drink
Uncle Gerald was a bit of a gourmand; he traveled far and wideto the finest restaurants and alwaysremembered to bring his appetite.
“The dish that caused the grizzled old gourmands at my table to put downtheir forks in wonder, however, was a helping of dark, softly gnarledsunchokes, which Kornack cooks to a kind of sweetbread tenderness, then plates over a freshly whippedchestnut purée with disks of shavedtruffles and the faintest exotic hint of eucalyptus.” — Adam Platt, New YorkMagazine, December 29, 2014
Did you know?
“What God has plagu‘d us with thisgourmaund guest?” As thisexasperated question from AlexanderPope‘s 18th-century translation of Homer‘s Odyssey suggests, being a gourmand is not always a good thing. When gourmand began appearing in English texts in the 15th century, it was a decidedly bad thing, a synonym of glutton that was reservedfor a greedy eater who consumedwell past satiation. That negativeconnotation mostly remained untilEnglish speakers borrowed the similar-sounding (and much morepositive) gourmet from French in the 19th century. Since then, the meaning of gourmand has softenedso that although it still isn’t whollyflattering, it now suggests someonewho likes good food in largequantities rather than a slobberingglutton.