What are your favourite food-related items of 2010?
As I realized my blog is just over a year old (December 23, 2009 was my first post), I decided to jump on the bandwagon with my own year-in-review. This post is on 2010’s top posts, photos, and favourites, plus trends for 2011.
IslandEAT‘s Most-read Posts
According to site stats, my most popular posts are unexpected – at least, by me.
5. My adaptation of Peter Reinhart’s Multi-grain Bread.
For my most popular post in 2010, Five Food Trends, and Top Food Pictures…
Five Food Trends To Look for in 2011
This list is based on my observations, readings online and in-print, and my own fuzzy “guess-timates” for the future.
1. In 2011, food blogging will continue to expand internationally. For instance, in 2010, I have noticed a rapid increase in the number of bloggers living in India. While this is anecdotal, I suspect it is true and indicative of a trend in India as well as other countries.
2. While food magazines may continue to struggle with circulation (RIP, Gourmet – OK, it’s been over a year but I have yet to “get over” it), hard copy cookbooks will continue to flourish. My reasoning is that the periodicals seem less “permanent”, as soft-covered magazines, as celebrity chefs – and others – will do very well with an ever-increasing cook-at-home market. Good writing, humour, exceptional photography, and relevant easy-to-replicate recipes will be the ingredients for success in cookbooks in 2011 – and beyond.
3. Interest will grow in making condiments, preserves, and other such “prepared” foods at-home. Economic challenges combined with food security, increasing confidence in the kitchen, and health concerns will see more food preparation in 2011, e.g., canning, making condiments (which may or may not be preserved via canning, and creating other store-bought items, such as mayonnaise or marshmallows.
4. The seemingly contradictory interest in eating healthful foods and decadent desserts will develop further. Just as people seek more balance in their work/private lives, they will seek lighter more nutritious meals followed by indulgent desserts. Fewer calories in a main course salad can allow for a rich chocolate brownie. This approach does balance out, n’est-ce pas?
5. Emphasis on locally sourced foods will not abate. However, I expect there may be growing tolerance of certain imported foods, which cannot be grown in certain climates, e.g., coffee, vanilla, and chocolate in the Southern Gulf Islands of Canada. So maybe I am saying I will not give up these, regardless of the whole “locavore” thang…I am just sayin’.
Food Photos from IslandEAT featured elsewhere 2010:
The CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) has featured three of my photos as the signature shots in their “Yummy B.C.”:
Stay tuned for more on favourites from 2010. What do you think is in store for 2011?