This Illustration of Food Trends Through the Decades Is Hysterical

published Feb 6, 2018
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Having grown up in the Midwest, I came to accept that I was roughly five years behind every trend I saw in magazines. Because back in the day before Twitter, magazines were all you had to find out what was cool. It didn’t matter if it was home decor, fashion, or food — print media was where you went for cutting-edge trends. That’s why I was so excited to see this awesome illustration from New York-based artist Mari Andrews, where she recaps all of the food trends by decade. It will have you waxing nostalgic for foods of days gone by.

Mari Andrews posted the above illustration to Instagram four days ago, and a lot of people are talking about it. The post itself has over 57,000 likes and 1,400 comments so far. Most people think the illustration seems pretty accurate in terms of food trends over the last few decades.

It’s curious to see how many of the “trendy” items from each decade I have an almost sensory reaction to. I can taste my dad’s mango salsa attempts, my mother’s loaded mashed potatoes, and see every Instagrammed gourmet donut. Are you the same way?

People following Mari’s Twitter account had a few things to say about her illustration. Here are a few of my favorite comments.

There aren’t many items on this list that need to get the boot from our history, although they might not be in such a heavy-handed rotation in our own kitchens or dining-out lifestyles anymore. That said, I’d prefer to never revisit desert sushi again — was that really needed in the first place?

Which items give you the food feels? Do you have strong memories of any? Share your favorites below!