“Home cooking” is synonymous with rich, flavorful, and hearty dishes. The culinary world is embracing all that this segment has to offer, as exhibited by the rise of comfort foods, such as fried chicken (remade “boutique” style), macaroni-and-cheese (with gourmet versions now ubiquitous), and the rising popularity of Indian and North African cuisine – known for their slow-simmered, fragrant and saucy dishes. It’s safe to say that slow-cooking quickly is becoming a menu staple across the board.
Part of the trend is owed to a backlash against decades of lackluster, low-fat, bland diet foods. Today’s consumer choices indicate a demand for flavor and value that is unrepentant.