Cheap and Comforting: Food Trends for 2009

Gourmet outlines how we'll eat well in the downturn
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2009 9:34 AM CST
Home cooking will be more important than ever as shoppers seek savings.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – With a recession weighing on our minds (and wallets), Gourmet breaks down new home cooking trends for 2009:

  • Drinking will, unsurprisingly, be on the rise, with a wider variety of high-end spirits for simple homemade cocktails.
  • Simple ingredients like large beans will be central in a new wave of easy, comforting recipes.

  • An increased interest in Indian and Korean food—delicious, and inexpensively prepared.
  • Expect to see more “neutraceutical" foods on the market—food and drink infused with extra nutrients.
  • Safety scares over Chinese goods will lead to an upsurge in "Made in the USA" food labeling at the grocery store.