Top Home Cooking Trends for 2008

We're ready to throw down our top four predictions for what will be happening in our home kitchens in 2008. We've come up with this list based on conversations and product requests from you our readers, what we've seen in stores and at trade shows.

Here's what we'll be ready for in the new year:

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4. See Ya, Stainless After a long reign (including our own kitchens) we think stainless steel will be dethroned in 2008. Stainless still will no longer be the mega-material going into just about every kitchen re-do. Instead, we're see more recycled glass, less granite and lots more Earth-friendly composite counters.

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3. Crafty Cooking Tools Cooks are sick of silicone everything. We're looking for something warmer and more personal. After so many silly silicone gadgets that just don't work as well as the stand-bys, cooks are up for hand made, one of a kind kitchen tools from sources like Etsy. We like KHPhillips hand-thrown pots and dishes made in Asheville, NC and this Chamba Ware from VivaTerra.

Our Top Two Predictions are After the Jump ...


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2. Long Live Local Eating Cooking from local ingredients has been an American "trend" since the States were first settled, but we think this trend hasn't seen its full realization just yet. The newest manifesto from Omnivore's Dilemma author Michael Pollan titled In Defense of Food goes on sale on New Year's Day.


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1. Casserole 2.0 Cooks have scorned the casserole for too long. Canned soup plus canned vegetables equal ugh, but we say a new kind of cook is ready for a new kind of casserole. We're ready to predict that 2008 will be the year of the Casserole 2.0. We're imagining hand-thrown pots filled with tender bits of braised sustainable meats, slow roasted local vegetables, and beans from heirloom hot spots like Rancho Gordo. These new casseroles will take longer to make than those convenience recipes of the 1950s and 60s, but they will be entirely achievable because of Crock Pots and a growing interest in both cast iron cookware and braising.

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