Another trend cited by Williams: more recipe searches than before for authentic ethnic foods, such as Asian, Mexican and Soul Food.
“People are traveling with their taste buds, recreating dishes they ate out but now have to cook instead,” she says. “Also, these dishes connect us with relatives we can’t be with right now.”
And don’t forget today’s fascination with what Williams calls “self-reliance” cooking — things like homemade bread, homemade pasta, homemade yogurt and an interest in canning. These more labor-intensive foods provide a way to keep busy, learn something new, save money and eat well, she says.