Kim Severson On The Art And Social Science Of Food Trends

Are cake pops a momentary fad, or are these hand-held, one-bite desserts indicative of a larger trend?

As it turns out, food trend forecasting is as much an art as it is a social science, according to Kim Severson. Based in Atlanta, Severson covers the nation’s food culture for The New York Times. She joined Lois Reitzes on “City Lights” to parse the distinction between food fads (like the Cronut) and trends (like farm-to-table fare).

Here are a few of Severson’s predictions for 2018, along with some selected commentary:

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