Surfing around, I noticed that the Food Channel a few months back had an interesting list of supposed food trends for this year. Now that we've hit 2011, let's see if any of them still have merit:
1. Return of canning.
Many younger cooks and families are returning to the "old" ways. As more discoveries about modern eating habits, fast food, etc. come out, the more it seems that grandma and mom's habits of home cooking made sense after all.
2. Men cooking.
More women are working, so more men are cooking at home. The economy has shifted roles even more. True or false?
3. Local growers.
Green, eco-awareness etc. has more people thinking about where their food comes from, and how it affects other areas. Part of returning to the old ways, buying fresh produce locally? See #1.
4. Nutrition info overkill?
We're getting more nutrition info on meal and food items. Sometimes we wish we didn't? But given some of those outrageous fast food items being introduced, all it really takes is common sense: If it tastes too good or has extra meat, bacon, lots of cheese, dressing, sour cream, etc. then you know it's bad for you.
5. Growth of Food Apps
Not being a cell phone geek, I can't comment on this one. Do you track food or recipes, etc. on your cell phone?
6. Get Real.
Businesses supposedly realize the value of meeting their customers' needs. Oh? Then how come so many companies are still playing the old chaep trick, "fool the eye" game by making their packages smaller, raising prices and not telling you?
7. Return of the neighborhood grocer?
Europeans shop fresh. Are more Americans shopping at the butcher, baker and candlestick maker? Maybe in rich areas. Isn't everyone else buying at the new superstore groceries at Target, WalMart, etc.?
8. Improving the school menu: hire a chef.
The emphasis on lousy cafeteria food and fat kids supposedly will have more schools working with chefs to plan their menus. You mean the ones that aren't cash-strapped, out of revenue and making students bring their own rolls of toilet paper to school?
9. Trying new (Icky) foods.
I don't know about you, but I'm not eating or trying anything "exotic" for the sake of being adventurous. I'll leave that to my fictional characters. I pass on the calamari, snails, etc.
10. Food Aphrodisiacs and Eating for Long Life.
Baby boomers supposedly will believe, do, eat almost anything in their pursuit of staying young and living (almost) forever. See #9. Who really wants to live to be 100 with the way things are going? With the economy as it is and let's face it, who really will have the means to retire, there won't be enough store greeter jobs around for everyone.
** What do you think?