Do you Instagram your food? Why?
“Chefs bitch about it when it’s going on in their restaurants,” Bourdain says, “yet when they go out to dinner, they’re taking pictures of everything. And any notion that that’s sharing? It’s bullshit. It’s about making other people feel bad about what they’re eating. And a certain knowledge that what you’re eating is more interesting.”
Often, it’s because I’m working, and it’s part of the job. I’ll be at a media dinner at a restaurant really enjoying the food, and I want to give the restaurant a little social media plug because I feel it deserves it. Posting photos of a restaurant’s dishes can get others interested in the place.
Once in a while, I Instagram food I’ve made with my kids. I’m a proud mom.
And, sometimes I do it because I’m out to eat with friends and the food is impressive. I’m connected with lots of other food lovers, and I think they’ll enjoy seeing what I’m eating. This is where I wonder if Bourdain may be right. Am I showing off? Am I saying to my food-loving friends, “Look at this fermented rice and chickpea cake I’m eating. It’s so much better than the spaghetti and meatballs you’re eating at home tonight.” (Yes, I really did Instagram a photo of a fermented rice and chickpea cake.) Do I want my friends to feel bad about their spaghetti and meatballs? I hope not. Perhaps I am doing it to feel better about myself. Get a little attention. A few "likes." Life's been difficult lately. A little social interaction with others through a comment or two during the solitary days that I sit at home and write is welcome.
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