A feast of international Google food search trends
December 31, 2016 1:06 PM   Subscribe

The Rhythm of Food is a collaboration between Google News Lab and Truth & Beauty. From the rise and fall of recipes over diets and drinks to cooking trends and regional cuisines. But it turns out that we can learn even more from analyzing search patterns. We collected weekly Google Trends data for hundreds of dishes and ingredients, over twelve years and plotted the results on a year clock to investigate the seasons and rhythm of food around the world. (There's tons more data if you keep digging down!)
posted by Room 641-A (5 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
That's pretty fascinating! Thanks for posting!
posted by hippybear at 2:46 PM on December 31, 2016

I can't see a way to link to the section directly, but if you're as easily amused as I am, click "Explore" over on the right, then "Charts that look like the food." Gefilte fish is the one that I think is funniest.
posted by ob1quixote at 6:28 PM on December 31, 2016

Neat-o! I really liked seeing the seasonality of many components that I never would have thought of as such. For example, the majority of the herbs and spices show a pronounced peak in November and December, which only makes sense when you remember that the major western cooking holidays are concentrated then; Memorial/4th/Labor Day not being cooking holidays in the same way that Thanksgiving and Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Christmas are.
posted by librarylis at 12:07 AM on January 1, 2017

What fun! I just shared it with some writer friends, because food patterns are something to keep in mind when worldbuilding.
posted by wintersweet at 10:12 AM on January 1, 2017

Now I know what I'll be doing the rest of the day, playing in the mountain of food data. Thanks!
posted by hilaryjade at 12:09 PM on January 1, 2017

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