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Over the New Year’s holiday, I was thinking about food trends we will see this year, and how cyclical styles of cooking are. My food “crystal ball” shows:
— More people reading food ingredient labels when shopping.
— Menu items featuring comfort food with a twist on old favorites at fine-dining restaurants.
— Home cooks looking for quick and easy one-pot dishes using healthful ingredients and using slow cookers for meal preparation.
— Seasoning food with spices and herbs rather than salt.
— Salty-sweet combination in desserts and confections.
— People eating more breakfast fare for dinner
— Single-subject cookbooks continuing in popularity.
— The number of food blogs and food-related entertainment will increase because of the thirst for food knowledge.
I asked Connecticut food writer Jane Stern, who is considered an encyclopedia of food, what she sees for 2014.
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