Top Ten Trends: Home on the Range

Top Ten Trends: Home on the Range

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Top Ten Trends: Home on the Range

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The Food Channel® presents its Top Ten Food Trends for 2009. The list is based on research conducted by The Food Channel in conjunction with the World Thought Bank found at http://www.neemee.com, and the International Food Futurists™.


The return to home cooking is no big surprise. In a downsized economy, people will be spending more time eating at home. The difference is, they know a lot more about cooking than they used to and want to apply that knowledge in the new economy. They’ll be learning more about cooking, turning to online sites and TV cooking shows, taking cooking classes, and sharing family recipes. At some cooking schools there has been an increase in registration for classes for nonprofessionals. For example, the Institute of Culinary Education in New York reportedly saw a 32 percent increase in September, followed by a 17 percent increase in October.

The kitchen becomes less a show place, and more a work and play space. Expect to see more about slow and unattended cooking (Crockpot 2.0) and meals that offer convenience with economy and flavor.

Our perspective has changed, and eating at home this time around is about both entertainment and sustenance. Look for Wii and other cooking gaming vehicles that are both fun and instructional. The other side of this trend: we’ll be dining out a lot less, especially in the midscale and fine dining establishments.

Sample Evidence:

Frugal Food

Thanksgiving Trend Takes You Home

Hands on Instruction From a Chef

It’s the Economy

For the additional trends, follow the links below:

Home on the Range

Foodie 2.0

Going, Going, Green

Living La Vida Locavore

TMI?

Frankenfood

Food Philanthropy

Food Insecurity

Brewing Business

Where in the World…

BONUS: Clandestine Cuisine

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