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10 food trend predictions for 2014
By Daniel Neman / The St. Louis Post-Dispatch


The biggest trend this time of year? Stories about trends.

Of course, the trend stories we are particularly interested in are those that try to predict what the trends will be in the coming year.

We happen to have an example here, from the Eatocracy blog at CNN. Frankly, if a few of these predictions actually do become trends, we’d rather be stuck eating 2013 foods.

Fish heads, fish collars and trash fish

Fish heads, we are sorry to say, are exactly what they sound like. (Chefs in some regions of Asia use them to make fish stock, and fish cheeks have been trendy in this country for several years.) Fish collars are what the neck and shoulders would be if fish had necks and shoulders. And trash fish, such as porgy (which is quite good), sand dabs (also good) and triggerfish (never had it), may grow in popularity just as a way to avoid overfishing some of the big-name fish.

Heirloom beans, peanuts and field peas

Yes, they can be excellent. But aren’t they just a way to charge a lot of money for a bunch of beans?

Haute Jewish deli

The Eatocrats predict that the next humble/comfort food to get the upscale treatment will be Jewish delicatessens. They specifically mention “simply presented, artfully smoked fish, lavishly peppered pastrami, crafty poutine, amped-up chicken liver and deeply deckled corned beef,” to which we say: Poutine? In a Jewish deli?

Independently produced cookbooks

Part of the whole DIY publication thing — and that includes blogs.

Raw beef

They mean the thinly sliced, well-seasoned carpaccio, not the finely ground steak tartare, which is just so 1950s. They are both equally good, though you get more beef for your buck with the tartare.

Eating with your hands

Finger foods, such as fried chicken, small fish and burgers, are fun to eat and save restaurants time and money by not having to wash utensils.

Reconsidered rice

Will rice be next year’s Brussels sprouts?

Housemade hot sauces

With the makers of Huy Fong Sriracha sauce in potential legal limbo, chefs may begin concocting their own hot sauces to their own flavor specifications and levels of heat.

Parfaits

They were the go-to dessert during the Eisenhower administration. The CNN folks predict they will make a comeback. We predict they will not.

Breakfast for dinner

Hasn’t this been a trend for, like, 60 years?

Here’s another prediction

We predict seeing lots of stories predicting food trends in the near future.


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