A taste of things to come: Food and drink trends for 2009

Home cooking, comfort foods and sherry will be among the big trends next year

It’s time to get out the crystal ball and predict what 2009 will bring in the way of food trends. This year, the big picture, at least, is very clear.

1. Cooking at home

All the trend-spotters agree that the main theme this year will be a return to the kitchen. We’ve already seen people cutting back on dining out, and we can expect the economic pinch to push more people away from buying expensive convenience foods and into doing more cooking from scratch.

2. Cooking with a conscience

The local-food movement, one of the big stories of recent years, is still gaining momentum. We should see more local produce in supermarkets and on restaurant tables and more home cooks planting gardens. Some intrepid urban souls will even be exploring whether their cities allow them to raise poultry.

In restaurants, look for more local sourcing and chef-grown gardens, as well as "greener" restaurant practices.


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