On the Menu: 2011 Food Trends

trendsClockwise from top left: Matthew Lightner's Willamette Valley onion salad with caramelized allium vinegar, herbs, and crisp vegetables; Three Tarts Bakery mallomars, Del Posto's one-hundred layer lasagna; flavored butters at the Girl and the Goat

‘Tis the season to be predicting trends! We know that trying to find the next big thing in food isn’t an exact science, but we do have a decent track record to fall back on: in our 2010 trend forecast, we hit the mark with macarons and meatballs. So we’re feeling pretty confident that these emerging trends will make headlines in 2011: Upscale snack cakes and candy bars: The new Lulu’s Bakery in Manhattan’s

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Food Matters: Swap Meat

We all treasure the taste and comfort of a homemade dinner, but when the demands of work and parenting take their toll, the 30-minute meal can feel daunting to even the most skilled home cooks. Instead of reaching for your stack of takeout menus, consider a meal swap, in which cooks prepare large batches of an entrée and exchange them with one another. Click here to learn more about this latest incarnation of the supper club.

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Food Matters: Beard Bytes

With hundreds of food-related apps available, the iPhone is one of the hottest gadgets for the professional and home cook. But which ones are worth a download? We asked chefs to tell us which tools they are using right now. Read on for their answers, and make your phone the most valuable multitasker in your kitchen.

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On the Menu: Next Year in Food

Next Year in FoodTwo weeks ago we gave you our dining predictions for 2010—now it's time to hear from the real experts. We contacted chefs and restaurateurs like Drew Nieporent, Nancy Silverton, and Tony Mantuano to hear what they think is in store for the industry next year. Click here to find out what they told us.

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On the Menu: 2010 Food Trends

crystal ball Just about every foodie forum has prophesied what we’ll see on our plates next year, so we thought we’d get in on the act, too. Behold, the James Beard Foundation’s predictions for 2010 food trends! Meatballs: When we heard that a meatball shop will soon open in New York City, we got a gut feeling that they will be rolling onto many a menu next year. (Seeing this slideshow on the Bon Appétit website confirmed our suspicions.) Given that mouths everywhere have yet to grow weary of the upscale burger trend that shows no signs of stopping, a drift toward these other hand-formed mounds of ground meat seems inevitable. Also:

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