2020 in food-y Google searches...

Sara Nigohosyan tells us about some of 2020's food-related Google searches, and what they might mean for the future of cooking...

Sara Nigohosyan
15th December 2020
Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons
With 2020 coming to an end, Google has released its 2020 Year in Search, revealing an interesting trend in food searches.

Among the top 10 searches in the category were “Ikea meatball recipe,” “KFC recipe,” and “Wagamama katsu curry recipe,”

Among the top 10 searches in the category were “Ikea meatball recipe,” “KFC recipe,” and “Wagamama katsu curry recipe,” revealing how much we have missed certain restaurants and fast-food outlets during lockdown.

This certainly raises questions... has the current pandemic pushed us into becoming better cooks? Will home cooking become more popular than eating out in the future?

It’s hard to evaluate whether or not people have started becoming better at cooking, but it is safe to say that they are trying. With next to no access to some of our favourite foods, the kitchen has become a more popular spot in the house, allowing us to learn how to make our favourite dishes at home. This and the additional time spent at home is the perfect recipe for perfecting new recipes.

The fact that people are googling recipes is because of how much they miss their favourite restaurants

Practice makes perfect, so we can assume that cooking skills overall are improving, but will that plus the habit of eating at home push people towards choosing home-cooked over restaurant food? It is definitely a possibility, but it is important to keep in mind the fact that people are googling recipes is because of how much they miss their favourite restaurants. Long-term, the skills learned and the habits developed will probably lead to more cooking at home and less eating out, but only after people satisfy their need for the foods they’ve been craving but have not had access to for a while.

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