A. Elizabeth Sloan

A downturn in the nation’s economy, the after-effects of 9/11, and an increasingly unsure political situation will likely cause Americans to live more vicariously through food than ever before. Becoming more dependent on their dining experiences for excitement, enjoyment, and entertainment, they will be relentless in their search for inspiring tastes, unique preparations, and eye-pleasing presentations. Here’s a look at some of the food trends for 2002 already underway in restaurants:

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