Where are we at?

I’m wondering where the food world is at.

I’m not sure if it’s my own personal malaise, or whether there’s an actual paradigm shift in the works, but part of me is getting the impression that something is changing. Not in an obvious, smack-you-in-the-face kind of way, but a more subtle shift.

Part of this may be coming from a realization that recent food philosophies such as organic foods, locavorism, even the way we use recipes, all have inherent limitations that make them only add to the conversation, rather than change it.

Perhaps my perspective has to do with the recent economic downturn. When a fair minority of people land in the realm of the unemployed, the idea of paying $4 for an apple, or shopping for that perfect piece of chocolate immediately becomes an unaffordable luxury. And let’s not even talk about how the restaurant business is doing.

I do recognize that perhaps my own views have changed as I continue to explore my own interests in this arena. It’s not longer enough for me to indulge in a cursory overview of a topic. My interests are now driving me to know as much about a topic as I think is necessary to provide myself with proper context. This does not lend itself to two or three short posts on a food blog, but rather dozens. I’m finding this with the recent foray into beer, and have found this to be so with the whiskey posts of the previous years.

This is all my way of saying that, once again, things have changed, or more specifically, we have changed. The culinary zeitgeist has once again been altered ever so slightly, that a more reasoned, and more pragmatic approach to food is being sought, but it hasn’t yet been found.

Or at least that’s how I feel. Anyone else have a similar perspective?