What do you call a person who collects recipes, ingredients or other cooking related materials? Is there a name for classifications like this (like taxonomy etc.)?

  • Maybe a cup-boarder, sounding like hoarder? Or just straight up cup-hoarder? – lonstar Jul 9 '12 at 18:26

While several terms loosely fit the criteria (such as a culinarian), a culinophile or reagenteur speaks more to my tastes (if you don't mind portmanteaux).

As for what one might call the group, taxonomy or classification are appropriate when ascribing the term to a family derived from a particular set of criteria. Plenty of additional terms are available in online Thesauri, if you're curious.

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    +1 purely for introducing me to 'partmanteux'. I shall impress people with it over the dining table at Christmas. – CJM Dec 9 '10 at 10:29
  • @CJM Reciprocal +1, for making my morning with this comment. – MrGomez Dec 9 '10 at 16:40
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    And you'd get a +1 for me if had spelled portmanteau right – Jürgen A. Erhard Dec 9 '10 at 17:23
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    portmanteaux is the plural of portmanteau – b.roth Dec 16 '10 at 16:24
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    @Bruno I'm assuming the statement relates to the misspelling "partmanteux" in CJM's comment. As for my own usage, it's a deliberate pluralization as noted. – MrGomez Dec 19 '10 at 9:21

"Foodie" (although that suggests someone interested in preparing and eating the food too).


I would say food enthusiast, or maybe food lover (though the second is too close to “someone who loves food in great quantity” for me to be completely confortable with it).


How about the term "culinary collector"? It seems to be both precise and general enough, while remaining straightforward and unpretentious. Additional subheadings could be inserted, such as those for literature (cookbooks, articles, essays and recipes); equipment (antique, specialty or regional); videos (cooking shows, travelogues, even historic/cultural documentaries).

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