We Can Do Better: The 10 Most Overrated Foods

03/06/2012 11:00 AM |


3. “Mesclun” Greens
A big, messy pile of this stuff seems an all-too-easy out for adding some green and lightness to a plate. It’s also an all-consuming moniker that hides whatever varieties of greens used. What about scattering chicory, cresses, or fresh herbs instead? Our fetish for baby greens has rendered this stuff into a year-round, bland lettuce mix that wilts in one day.


14 Comment

  • I completely disagree!

  • If a breed was threatened, why would we spark a craze to kill it and eat it?

  • good.
    more for those of us with taste buds.
    who, yes, are also not eating out.

    hope the “least exploited foods” list is more compelling.

  • good.
    more for those of us with taste buds.
    who, yes, are also not eating out.

  • good.
    more for those of us with taste buds.
    who, yes, are also not eating out.

  • “Cod” lol bro

    “Chicken Breast” pffffff

    well this was a fun list lol bro

  • Corn didn’t take the top spot? If butter is in almost everything, then corn is in EVERYTHING!

  • It’s cool to hate foods that lots of people like!

  • Cathy needs a new job! There’s a lot of food out there that’s overrated and most of the ones you spoke about …. aren’t! One overrated food comes to mind…..SOY!!!

  • @Jeff Rey Charles Aldridge: Genetic biodiversity is important to a healthy ecosystem, and while there are numerous individual, or “heritage” breeds of cattle (and heirloom varieties of fruits/vegetables), many aren’t bred/cultivated industrially and some have even become extinct. Raising them for food is one practical way to ensure their survival and promote much-needed biodiversity. Check out more about it here: http://albc-usa.org/ and here: http://heritagefoodsusa.com

  • This is one of the many reasons I like L Magazine so much. Nicely done, Cathy Erway!

  • oh! this is the worst list! I would think “overrated” would include things that were popular on menus everywhere within the last 3 years, not basic ingredients to cook with….especially not truffles. Remember when everything had a little fris

  • There are a lot of good breads out there with a variety of grains, and local grain projects are really getting popular. Not a bad idea for an article, but this one isn’t well informed at all. I think as NY’ers we should be excited about what’s going on in the bread movement right now, unlike Cathy, who likes to pretend it’s 1990.

  • soy, corn, bread, and cheese are the foods i think are the most overrated. try to order something at any mainstream restaurant that doesn’t contain gluten, soy, corn, or dairy. even the salads have soybean oil/corn oil in the dressing, cheese, and then comes with meat that is breaded (with flour that contains gluten) and then fried.