The Year in Food 2007

Irritating New Word Alert

The annoyingly precious term locavore beat out the likes of cougar and MRAP vehicle to become the New Oxford American Dictionary’s 2007 Word of the Year. Coined by a group of San Franciscans who made a pact to eat foods produced only within a 100-mile radius, the idea inspired national minimovements, books, and, inevitably, backlash. CHOW editors believe that locavore’s inclusion in what’s been dubbed the “gold standard of American dictionaries” eliminates the future need for air quotes. —Lessley Anderson