Everything that matters in our culture must eventually manifest itself at table.
Here are some of things that have been happening in the period 1994-2004.
Farmers markets: from 1,755 to 3,137
Organic farms: from 4,050 to 11,998
Cooking schools: from 338 to 930
Wine imported: from $1.0b to $3.2b
Dry pasta: from $1.66b to $1.98
Olive oil (tons): from 115,000 to 190,000
Viewers Food Netwk: from 7 m. to 79 m.
In the words of Darrell Corti:
Ten years ago, to eat sushi you had to go to specialized restaurants and even in big cities youd find only a few. Today sushi is an industrial commodity. (87)
We have also seen the emergence of the celebrity chef with a mainstream profile.
More tomorrow on the cultural significance of this change.
Andrews, Colman. 2004. Ten Years of Cooking and Eating in America, 1994-2004. Saveur Magazine, 10th Anniversary Special. October 2004, pp. 87, 94.