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Nov 22, 2011 06:55 AM

What are YOUR favorite cookbooks of the year?

This is the time of year when everyone publishes "Best of" lists. What books have you bought this year that have turned out to be great finds, and cookbooks that you're glad you bought? I'm still mulling my list!

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  1. Although it's not a new book, it was new to me this year, and I have to say that the 100 Greatest American Recipes (which also happens to be December's COTM) tops my list. So far, I've made the duck and the brown sugar cookies, and both were exceptional.

    Number 2, is the New Cook's Illustrated compendium I think this book goes beyond The Best Recipe in terms of breadth of recipes. So far, every thing I've made has worked really well and been delicious.

    Nick Malgieri's BAKE! is new to me this year too, and as usual, the estimable NM, delivers the goods with clear, well-written recipes that are absolutely delicious.

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    1. re: roxlet

      I just got Bake! as well and have yet to make anything from it. One thing I find annoying is that the pastry recipe makes TWO pastry cases - when do I want to make two tarts at once?

      1. re: greedygirl

        Well, you can always freeze one (pre- or post-rolling, space permitting), making having a second tart whenever you like a breeze, as the pastry's already made.

    2. Oh no, this is going to make me want more. My favorite so far this year is the mighty spice c

      1. Unquestionably Number 1:
        "Kitchen Diaries" and "Real Fast Food" by Nigel Slater.

        But then there was:
        "The Food Matters Cookbook" by Mark Bittman
        "The Italian Country Table" by Lynne Rossetto Kasper

        I'm still cooking from:
        "Gourmet Today" by Ruth Reichl
        " ItalianTwo Easy: Simple Recipes from the London River Cafe" by Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers
        "Land of Plenty: A Treasury of Authentic Sichuan Cooking" by Fuchsia Dunlop
        "The New Book of Middle Eastern Food" by Claudia Roden

        If it weren't such a heavy doorstop I'd still be cooking from:
        "The Essential New York Times Cookbook" by Amanda Hesser

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        1. re: Gio

          Gio: I'm so happy you love Nigel!

          1. re: greedygirl

            Just seeing this now GG. Yes, I really Love the Slater books and refer to them constantly. I'm trying to implement his Christmas suggestions in Kitchen Diaries and refer to Plenty for additional vegetable side dishes. I should start to post the reports before they get ahead of me.

            1. re: Gio

              I really learned to cook from Slater's "Appetite."

              best book I have, in my opinion, on how to approach food.

        2. I want to add Homesick Texan and Real Mexican Food to my favorites list!

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          1. re: roxlet

            Love HST, but RMF has too many ingredients that I can't source, even online.

          2. I cook mostly just for myself so I have liked Serve Yourself by Joe Yonan.