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Grandparents Predict the Food Trends of 2016

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"Has soup been the hot food yet?"

We found our scout-critics for the newest, hottest food trends not at the Brooklyn bar or a dive restaurant in Queens or even online, but at our Christmas tables. As with all important matters, we look to our grandparents for wisdom. Isn't Grandma chic en vogue, anyway?

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Forget all the lists of 2016 food trend predictions written by food professionals. Our grandparents might be a little fuzzy on the definition of "food trend," but they've actually weathered quite a few. They knew a time when gluten was good. Jello salad, too.

Some had their eye on the pulse; others were pulling our legs, we think. But who knows: See you in a year to see how they fared. What follows are their predictions—and remember, you heard them here first.

  1. Homemade cat food. (Because, like, been there with dog treats, right?)
  2. Booze in everything—"like minestrone." We say: That's what a Not Recipe is for.
  3. Pasta sandwiches: "A pasta with a cheese layer and then another pasta. It's a pasta sandwich. You bake the pasta with the cheese, then you fry it, and then you make the sandwich." (We know what's up, Eater.)
  4. Mushrooms as "super food, like chia."And no, not those mushrooms. We asked.
  5. "Exotic foods (ones that require a lot of shipping and water and resources) will become un-PC and discouraged. Like almonds."
  6. Personal garden to table (two grandparents agree!).
  7. Pineapple?
  8. Layered cakes. (Did they ever really go away though, grandma?)

Want to throw your 2016 food trend predictions into the ring? Go to the comments!

Tags: Food52 Life, Ephemera, Lists