The Latest Food Trends in Honor of International Cooking Day

By Megan Morrow
Published September 16, 2019

International Cooking Day on Sept. 25 encourages everyone – gourmet chefs and novices alike – to don an apron, peruse recipes and try something new. Whether you are intimated by trying new recipes and flavors or love the adventure of new food, you might consider indulging in some of the latest food trends of 2019 to commemorate International Cooking Day this fall.

In addition to spices, other noteworthy food trends for the year include:

  • Out-of-this-world ice cream. While more than one-quarter of ice-cream fans still turn to good ole vanilla, adventure seekers have an abundance of options. How about dill pickle or sweet potato casserole? Olive oil or cereal-infused ice creams? Naturally, you do not have to try the wildest flavor in the case, but you might consider adding some new toppings – glitter, anyone? – or flavors to your next scoop. If you are cutting back on dairy, faux creams made with avocado, hummus and coconut water are now available in more freezer aisles.
  • Foil packs and sheetpan dinners. Convenience can be key for busy schedules, and foil-pack and sheet-pan dinners allow you to place everything in one spot – chicken, vegetables, spices and oil, for example – cook and enjoy. According to Pinterest, searches for foil packs have increased almost eightfold in just six months.
  • Meatless alternatives. Vegetarians and vegans are no longer outliers, and more people are enjoying “meatless Mondays” and recognizing that they can enjoy great flavor, texture and variety without meat. Creative options include mushroom “jerky,” protein-rich plant burgers, and dairy products made with peas, almonds and more.
  • Healthy fats. Thanks to the Keto diet craze, fat is now phat. Options for healthy fats include salmon, avocados, eggs, nuts and seeds (do not forget dark chocolate).

Other trends on the list include fermented foods, flavor fusions (sushi burritos, for example), imperfect produce, oat and pea milk, desserts that combine sweet and savory flavors, and regional cuisine and flavors. On International Cooking Day, give yourself a chance to try and taste something new, whether it is a new trend or a traditional classic.

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