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We are always on the hunt for for tips that are fresh, a little surprising and truly helpful — in short, the kind of advice you get from an expert. This year we talked to pastry chefs, food scientists, cookbook authors and others, gathering their best tips for perfect turkey roasting, easier party planning, better pickle-making, and much more. From tips for taking better food photos when you travel to Wylie Dufresne's gravy guidance, here are ten of our favorite bits of expert advice from 2013.

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5 Tips For Taking Better Food Photos When You Travel

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Welcome to The Kitchn's Best of 2013 roundup!

From December 21 through January 3 we are rounding up our favorite (and your favorite) posts from the past year. We'll also share guest posts, special holiday features, and a sparkling Winter Glam Cocktail Party, the final installment in our 2013 Gatherings from The Kitchn. Happy Holidays!