As I’ve been researching episode ideas for the upcoming season I’ve really enjoyed reading about all of the anticipated food trends for 2013. This site in particular is awesome as it provides links to just about everyone’s predictions from the Huffington Post to NPR. I spent a good hour or two scouring over each of these links and reading about what food culture could look like this year. I’ve picked the five trends that I’m most excited about and listed them below.


1. Korean cuisine- I have a particular interest in Korean food as my brother is just getting ready to jet off to South Korea for a 2 year mission. While my family was visiting during the holidays we ventured to Korea town and had a couple of amazing meals and all I have to say is, I’m on board. What fantastic food! I particularly think that fermeted foods like kimchi will be popular and I’m really looking forward to using gochujang in my cooking as it seems to be one of the hot ingredients that everyone is buzzing about.


2. Artisnal Breads- Did you know that restaurants are starting to offer a bread course?! Sign me up ladies and gents. I feel like the past couple of years have been filled with advice to decline the bread basket at your table and cut out breads completely to trim your waistline. Well thank goodness we’ve been given permission to celebrate bread this year!


3. Mocktails- You may start seeing a few more drink options on the menu at your favorite restaurants that don’t include alcohol. As someone who doesn’t drink this excites me beyond words! Having more options than lemonade or Diet Coke will be awesome. I’m equally as excited to embrace this trend in my home kitchen and start giving some attention to creative mocktails that can be served at parties or even alongside dinner.


4. Chicken- Chicken is usually the cheap item on the menu that everyone avoids unless you’re on a budget. Things are apparently changing for America’s most popular dinnertime bird and a lot of attention is being given to creative chicken dishes. I’m so excited about this and excited to possibly¬†incorporate a few new chicken recipes into the upcoming season.


5. Popcorn- Move over cupcakes and doughnuts, popcorn has arrived. The salty snack that’s been around forever will be getting a makeover this year with all sorts of flavor profiles. Think salt and vinegar popcorn or even dill pickle popcorn- I personally can’t wait!


What food trends are you most looking forward to this year?

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7 Responses to “Food Trends 2013”

  1. For a somewhat Vietnamese dish and for us lazy cooks, I found Chung’s Vegetable Spring Rolls in the frozen section. Great both baked and nuked.

    I think it would be great if you made a roux, and then a Jambalaya. I made one of Emeril’s recipes once — it was fantastic!

  2. kassie says:

    Kelsey! Hope you’re doing great! If you ever make sourdough bread you must get some Oregon Trail starter. It is (supposedly) a strain that is all the way back from the Oregon Trail days. I have some but haven’t made bread with it yet. Here is the link

  3. I like that list Kelsey – glad it’s not Brussels sprouts! Sick of everyone making that!

  4. Whit says:

    I have always been crazy for artisnal breads! However, a few years ago I was diagnosed with Celiac’s disease and have been on a search for great gluten free breads ever since :) I’ve had some success a local farmer’s market, but it would be great to learn how to make it myself! If you have an recipes or ideas it would be great to see that on the show!

  5. Jackie says:

    It all sounds good- I know you can give us some pointers on Chicken- need some new ideas. Can’t wait to try some new Korean dishes-

  6. Andrea says:

    I was in Korea for 18 months myself and love LOVE Korean food. I am so happy that America is finally learning about this delicious and incredibly healthy cuisine. The probiotics in kimchi draws lots of attention, rightfully so because it’s so good for you, but there is so much more to Korean cuisine than just kimchi. It will be great to have shows that share this info. Thanks so much!!!

  7. Jon says:

    Kelsey, love your show, love the recipes. But please, please stop using the words “utilize” and “utilizing.” In every occasion the simpler and more euphonious “use” is preferable. I love watching you, but it makes me nuts when you talk like a corporate trainer,

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