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Home Cooking trends this decade. What were yours?

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Home Cooking trends this decade. What were yours?

Shane Greenwood | | Dec 31, 2009 07:37 AM

I am seeing lots of decade in review lists but none if them are about home cooking. I think this could be called the decade of the foodie. Since 2000, Food Network exploded, cookbooks became one of the hottest gifts, the word "localvore" was invented, Top Chef and other shows took off, Chowhound went mainstream, Omnivore's Delimma came out, etc. So what were your personal food trends, how has your home cooking changed in the 2000's?

For me, my home cooking changed dramatically this decade in a few simple but profound ways, and I suspect these are trends that a lot of folks have tapped into as well:

-Started shopping local & seasonal. Supermarkets are out (mostly), farmers markets and local purveyors are in. Got a CSA too.

-Became more adventurous with ingredients, cuisines, and techniques. My repertoire in the kitchen is 5 times bigger now and my spice rack tripled in size. I have 6 kinds of salt, 4 kinds of pepper, etc.

-Started reading ingedient labels in an effort to cut down on chemical additives and HFCS

-Acquired a ton of cookbooks but get my recipes from the Internet.

-Cook more for pleasure than for fuel.

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