Seems as if everyone from Reuters to Gourmet is casting their ballots on what was and will be the next big thing in food. I may as well put on my best attempt at channeling Jean Dixon and Julia Child and toss out a few myself. Here goes:
A return to what's real. As we find everything around us is fabricated from our food supply to the lie of "weapons of mass destruction,"Americans will search for something honest — both on our plates and in Washington.
More muckraking to expose harmful food politics, especially the in the meat industry. Fact is, the meat industry is more incestuous now than in the great trust-busting days of Teddy Roosevelt. A few good Farm Bill tidbits put the brakes on selling cloned animal products for now and will prevent slaughterhouses from owning the animals fourteen days prior to slaughter as well as other livestock reforms. It's not much, but when you consider the full nelson these companies have had on the market, it's a good start. I'll be right there with Ethicurean and ELC and the rest of the kids blogging away.
The reduction of high-fructose corn syrup in food products. With the price of corn soaring, HFCS will no longer be a cheaper than sugar. Look for bold statements on packaging "Now! HFCS-free!" as if the company is doing something for your health. Bullshit. They only changed because the price of corn went up. As did the price of the food product.
Michael Pollan's new book will be more anticipated than the last Harry Potter book. Yeah, right. Maybe just in this household. Still, the Patron Saint of Real Food will stay around to keep us on the right track for 2008.
The decline of Rachel Ray. Yep, the honeymoon is over. Just like that starter marriage you can't believe ever happened. Or the pop song in heavy rotation. RR and EVOO will go. Viewers will want to see real chefs and real cooking again, even if they have to watch them on PBS. Don't feel too bad, she's made a fortune and she'll be just yummo.
Yep, 2008 is looking up.