Survey on Trends of the 90's and the 00's
I love the advent of fusion cuisines. It's refreshing to see formerly exotic vegetables and spices in new combinations, and the trend results in the greater general availability of good stuff: Asian and Central American vegetables can now be found at Grand Union, not just Balducci's.
However, I'm really sick of the obsession with specific luxury food products like truffles, fois gras, and caviar -- ESPECIALLY the first two. Sure, these things taste good, but I think their overuse in high-end menus shows a depressing lack of imagination. Good chopped liver is every bit as tasty as D'Artagnan's (recalled) pate anyhow.
First of all, Happy new year, century, whatever. :-)
I'd like to see the end of "fusion" (e.g. a la Vong), which means a watered-down version of Asian food cooked by Europeans.
On the other hand, I'd like to see more, and more varieties of authentic Latin American and Asian cuisines. I love the taquerias in the Mission District in San Francisco. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we started getting them in any quantity here in the Big Apple? (Yes, I really mean Manhattan.)