What was the silliest food fad of 2013?
What were the silliest food fads of 2013? And there were many. I'll begin with "gluten free everything". Less than 1% of the world's population is celiac and they don't all live in Brooklyn. Next up, the Paleo diet. Yeah, your ancestors drank raw milk and if they were lucky they lived to be about 40 or 50. What's next on the horizon for 2014? I can only cringe in anticipation of what atrocity these simpletons are going to inflict on us.
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I do love kombucha, but all the high-priced kombucha-related paraphernalia could stand to go. Why buy a $50 kombucha kit from Williams-Sonoma when you can get a kombucha mother for free and make your own kombucha indefinitely?
And now I'm wondering what NPR meant by the "midwestern" food movement. Beef? Corn? Soy beans?
tea leaves (Starbucks is opening its first tea shop which will sell tea leaves not just ready-made)
teff (a cereal grass from North Africa)
frica (another African grain, green spelt)
goat, rabbit and pigeon (squab)
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I have to agree with most of the posts here, though. Banning foods altogether is silly--it doesn't create an effective deterrent and why exactly is the production of foie gras any worse than keeping chickens in horrible conditions? Angels on the head of a pin.
I'm over gluten free as a marketing term for everything from corn tortillas to fruit juice. It's beyond silly, and there's some strange association between being gluten free and being healthy, which I don't think is true at all.
I'm also over the rock star chef phenomenon. It's just another way that cooking culture has been masculinized beyond recognition. Gratuitous tattoo photos, spiked hair, general mindless "badassery." What ever happened to just cooking really good food without all the brouhaha?
Even though it's banned in my state I was able to score some yesterday, over the counter. I'm not going to say where. I asked the woman working the counter, "where did you get this from?". She said, "I don't know". Apparently one of her partners sourced it. I'm not going to ask any more questions.
'Awesome' in reference to food is inappropriate. Those using it need to increase their vocabulary. Ditto for 'yummy', 'veggie', and 'scrummy', unless the target readers are in the 4 to 6 years group.
Finally, perhaps we have marketing campaigns to thank for the ubiquity of kale, bacon, sea-salted this or that, but please spare me! Moderation is a good thing--that should be the guide to sensible eating and enjoyment of food, not the capitalistic exercises of PR types far removed from the production of real food.
Quinoa came and went from my larder about 6 or 7 years ago. I got tired of the price before the marketing gurus told us it would save our lives.
I still get upset with restaurants that simply renamed their appee dishes "tapas" which have absolutely nothing to do with Spanish tapa dishes (size, taste, price, etc.) How can yam fries with chipoltle sauce be a tapa !
And, before my rant gets too long, I am tired of restaurant chefs creating "con-fusion" foods...taking a simple decent burger and adding curry sauce to it, just to be different - but not in my mouth please. I like my carbonara with pancetta, not bbq chicken strips ! The end. thanks for listening.
This may be more local to NYC, but when I finally tasted the much touted 'Cronut' - meh. Tasty, but hardly worthy of the ruckus. I'd take my grandmother's rugelach over it in a NY minute.
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But I do like kale. I just can't stand reading about it everywhere. It's reaching backfire proportions.
'll be just as audacious in my own way and say Trader Joe's. I walk in there, I walk around, and I walk out empty-handed. I just don't get it.
I'm totally with you on Trader Joe's. I don't get it either.