Food Trends – And Anti-Trends – for 2013

On January 1, you can always count on a few things: a killer hangover, good-natured but impossible declarations of healthy living, and a slew of food and cocktail trend predictions for the upcoming year.

Some of the 2013 predictions I’ve read recently have my full support  – “salumi 2.0” and “artisanal soft-serve” as pegged by Julia Moskin, for example. Being a hopeless baked-goods addict, I’m also a huge fan of Bon Appetit’s prediction that the next hottest course will be bread-focused.

However, there are a few additional things I’d like to see happen in the food scene this year as well:

The end of gluttonous portions. I don’t care if you haven’t eaten in a week – no one needs an entrée presented on a serving platter. The last time I was forced to eat at one of the greatest offenders of this tragic trend, The Cheesecake Factory, a little part of my soul died when I realized that salad dressing was served individually in full-sized gravy boats.

emily1Image source RayaPickett.com (comment added by editor)

Along the same lines, I’d love the “food combinations guaranteed to give you a heart attack” trend to end as well. I’m not saying we all need to eat raw vegetables all the time – I’m a big fan of eating bone marrow smeared on crostinis and don’t have a problem enjoying something made with full-fat butter or heavy cream – just do it thoughtfully and in small quantities. Two fried pieces of chicken encasing bacon, cheese and mayonnaise, or burgers dipped in batter and deep fried and then topped with a stack of onion rings are just horrifying and unnecessary.

emily2Image source Choosy-Beggars.com

Food is a necessity that not all people in the world receive on a regular basis, let alone have the opportunity to enjoy in an inventive or celebratory way. So in 2013, whatever you eat, let’s resolve to enjoy our food thoughtfully – celebrating time-honored recipes, the craft and dedication taken to create the ingredients, inventive new flavors, and the group of people that gather as you eat it.

Posted by Emily

One response to “Food Trends – And Anti-Trends – for 2013

  1. calmyourbeans

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