It seems unfortunate to me that the 'art and/or science of food eating' is called gastronomy. In these heady days of reality tele cooking shows, where preparing and eating food has become something to amaze over and cry about, the G word is uttered with great profundity and reverence.
But as a word, come on, it's pretty gross. Any word that begins with 'gastro', in my book, can't be that good. Rather than inspiring me to aquire a fancy cook book, it inspires me to stock up on a 9 pack of 3 ply.