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Foodie Fight = Fantastic Fun

Last Friday night, my sister surprised me with a new trivia game by publishing house Chronicle Books. Created for serious food lovers, the game is addictive and informative. The Foodie Fight ($18.95) is like Trivial Pursuit but with questions related to food history, celebrity chefs, cultural cuisines, cooking techniques, and more. The game can be played in teams or alone. Each correct answer is rewarded with a small playing piece that fits into the color coded cards. The first team to answer the most questions, and completely fill in the card, wins. To find out what I thought of the game,

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I love the concept and even though my team lost (!), I had a fabulous time playing. Many of the questions (Whose best-selling 1980 chocolate cookbook was recently republished?, What chef was known for his Italian cooking show in the 1970s?) seem geared toward an older generation of foodies and proved to be very difficult to answer.

Other stumping questions were related to pop culture (What was the name of the deli frequented on the series Roseanne?) and food processing techniques (in the produce and vegetable freezing process, what does IFQ stand for?). The easiest to answer were those about cooking and food identification.

The game's main flaw isn't the puzzling questions (trivia wouldn't be trivia without baffling questions!), but the lack of trivia cards. The compact box contains only 168 trivia cards and while this may seem like plenty, if playing more than one round or several times over the weekend, there aren't enough questions. When played infrequently, the game will retain its mystery.

Despite the shortage of trivia cards and the occasional head-scratching question, the game is superb fun and makes an excellent gift for any food lover. Have you played? What did you think?


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jenious jenious 7 years
Thank you for the great pics and review! I just found this online and was going to bookmark it, but auto-fill offered the title so I knew a fellow sugar had posted. Yay! I'm getting this!
lisafriedman lisafriedman 7 years
I love this game, it makes a great hostess and housewarming gift!
bankomeister bankomeister 7 years
I have this and love it. I did feel a little bit guilty when we had a foodie party and played this game in teams because I remembered a bunch of the answers since there are so few cards. It also takes FOREVER to finish a whole game and fill up your whole card. We usually do half the number of segments for each question topic.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i love this - i'm a big fan of anything trivia related and i think that i could learn a lot from this game. i'm going to have to search it out online. i can't say that i have friends that would want to play this with me, but if i can do it alone - then that could be fun as well!
codewhiz codewhiz 7 years
IFQ, isn't that really supposed to be IQF for Individually Quick Frozen?
musicmixer musicmixer 7 years
I thought it would me be too hard for a food novice like me too, but I was shocked at how good I did when I played! Super Fun!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 7 years
You must have had some tough competition.
suziryder suziryder 7 years
That sounds like a game I'd want to play, but I'd never find enough people to play with me! But I bet a lot of the questions would be too obscure for me too, and I probably wouldn't want to play it more than once anyway. I hate when trivia games have so few cards/questions that I start memorizing the answers. That's not fun.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
I would only win that if the questions were like: What color are cheetohs? What Food Network Chefs grandfather is a famous producer and director? What kind of shoes does Mario Batali prefer? Whos product claims its "good to the last drop" what famous singer wrote the McDonalds Jingle "You deserve a break today"
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