Ahhh…the new year is almost upon us. When it comes to food that usually means that in a few days most of us will renew our work-out and diet vows to shed the layer of blubber we have built up over the last month of feasting.
And in the world of food writing, that means 2 things – round ups of “best of” lists of the year in food, and predictions of what is to come in 2013. Fortunately for us, in a two-birds-with-one-stone move, the Food Network mashed these two types of lists into 6 predictions of 2013 food trends that have already been going on for a few years.
Ok, I get that the Food Network isn’t exactly bleeding edge of the culinary industry, so they get a bit of a free pass, and I do think that parts of their predictions are safe bets. But some elicited a snobby eye-roll from me, like the “Asian Infusion” prediction. Unless it has been a trend so long that it is coming back with a retro sense of irony, Asian Fusion pre-dates food trucks.
I particularly enjoyed the prediction that spicy foods will be a big trend, as indicated by the masses embracing the Dorito’s Taco shell. And while the right dose of fish sauce can add some umami funk to a dish, I’m not sure that we will see it parked next to the ketchup and mustard on the condiment table across the country.
And make sure to check out John Kessler’s predictions for Atlanta’s upcoming food trends as well.
What are the food trends that you guys THINK we will see, and what are the trends that you WANT to see in 2013?
- By Jon Watson, Food & More blog