The Rhythm of Food — by Google News Lab and Truth & Beauty

The Rhythm of Food is a collaboration between Google News Lab and Truth & Beauty.

Together, we explore the hidden patterns in Google search trend data. This project sheds light on the many facets of food seasonality, as seen through the lens of search interest in the United States over the last 15 years.


In the course of this project, we analyzed hundreds of ingredients, recipes, and other food related search terms. A good starting point was FooDB. Right now, the site comprises 195 topics and presents 129,660 individual data points.

All Google search data comes from Google Trends. We used Google Knowledge Graph topics (which distinguishes e.g. “Apple computers” from the fruit) and focus on data from the United States.