Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

How We Ate and Drank in 2010

Posted By on Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 6:34 PM

The rice cooker became an essential appliance in American kitchens. - ALEX.SHULTZ/FLICKR
  • alex.shultz/Flickr
  • The rice cooker became an essential appliance in American kitchens.

Our favorite morsel from the Web.

The only thing dumber than most end-of-year food trend roundups are New Year predictions, micro-predicting things like the rise of lovage, Indonesian long pepper, or lamb burgers. But's 11-point list of what it calls "the most compelling emerging trends in 2010" passes the sniff test.

In brief:

1. We didn't exactly turn away from the big-box megamarket, but we made it only one stop along a route that included the bakery, the butcher shop, wine store, and farmers' market.

2. One word: pie.

3. We turned all Sandra Lee, making semi-homemade a way of life, though ― granted ― in 2010 very few of us looked as fabulicious as Ms. Lee.

4. The iPhone became the new recipe index.

5. We fell in love with kitchen gadgets, but not clunky-ass things like Margaritaville. More like the meat thermometer and the microplane.

6. Less meat, more veggies.

7. We did more and more plug-in cooking, in things like the rice cooker, panini press, and microwave.

8. Men ― especially guys in their 20s ― invaded the kitchen.

9. We got wasted at home, where it's cheaper, not at the bar.

10. The formal dinner party with things like copycat restaurant amuses-bouche gave way to casual sit-downs.

11. We got extra-comfortable with non-Euro cuisines ― the fastest growing were South American, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese.

That pretty much described things in the Birdsall house. Especially the pie.

Follow us on Twitter: @sfoodie. Contact me at

  • Pin It

Tags: , , , , ,


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"