Saturday, December 31, 2011
Favorites of 2011
101 Cookbooks was my favorite blog of 2011. I never cook the same thing twice, but I still made Heidi Swanson's delicata squash roasted with miso and harissa at least 6 times in the last month. These tiny ginger cookies were my favorite for cookies swaps (and nibbling myself!). I treated our dear babysitter to Swanson's cookbook, Super Natural Everyday because of its gorgeous photos and fabulous recipes.
I also leaned heavily on three other baking books this year. The Flour cookbook continues to be my go-to for pies and sweet treats. Baking by Dorie Greenspan is as reliable as I've ever tried. And Alice Medrich's Chewy, Gooey, Crunch, Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookie book is the best single item book I have. The Maya's Lemon Thins were everything you could want in a lemon cookie. As for baking bread, Peter Reinhart's trio of Bread Baker's Apprentice, Whole Grain Breads and Artisan Bread Everyday are all I need to bake decent artisanal breads.
Two other non-baking books were my go-tos this year. First, My Japanese Table by Debra Samuels. I extolled this book here and will soon post an interview with Ms. Samuels. I also continued to cook my way through Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan, yet again.
My favorite trip of 2011. Easy: my solo trip to the Kripalu Yoga Resort. Another post coming up about that, too. As a family, though, our trip to the Sebasco Harbor Resort was one of the highlight's of our summer. I can never get enough of Maine.
And you? What were your favorites?