Looking back on the hundreds (or is it thousands?) of food and drink related posts I've come across in 2010, I find the ones that stand out most for me are those that inspired me try something new, or to look at the familiar in a slightly different way. Here are 10 that did just that:
My Favorite Posts from The Kitchn
- 11 Gluten-Free Asian Noodles - Emily's eye-catching image of these noodles had me from first glance. Her post inspired me to broaden my horizons beyond soba, udon, and ramen. Next stop: shirakaki.
- The Canapé: A Classic Cocktail Party Nibble - Dana's post on this beautifully illustrated 1934 recipe book about little cocktail-hour nibbles inspired me to: 1) Track down a copy of my own via an online antiquarian bookseller; 2) Host a canapé party for three house guests visiting from Devon; 3) Test-drive an unusual recipe involving peanut butter, hot sauce, and anchovies - and savor every bite.
- Kitchen Tour: Kittie's Precision Micro Kitchen - A bright, airy, and fully functional kitchen in a 170-square-foot apartment? A true masterpiece of design. I'm extra-impressed that Kittie also manages to accommodate a bar in this carefully thought-out space.
- A Roundup of Wild and Foraged Foods - I've always gotten a vicarious thrill from Kathryn's foraging experiences.
- Kitchen Tour: Louis Armstrong's Cool Blue Haven - Visiting the home of the late Louis Armstrong and hearing stories from the House Museum staff - and meeting of Louis' former neighbors - was a highlight of my year.
My Favorite Posts from Around the Web
- Fortune Ice: Like a Fortune Cookie But With Ice - File this under FUN. Cocktails and spirits writer, Camper English, drops frozen messages into his drinks.
- The Era of Copyrighted Cocktails - A thought-provoking piece on recipes and copyright by Chantal Martineau for The Atlantic's food blog,
- Why I Don't Cook for My Parents - A lovely post from food writer Monica Bhide on NPR's "Kitchen Window." Her recipes look tasty too.
- Death of a Fulton Fish Market Fixture - Not a blog post per se, and only peripherally food-related, but this feature-length article by Dan Barry for the New York Times stopped me in my tracks, and is one of the most memorable things I've read this year. A hauntingly nuanced portrait.
- Mollie Katzen's 12/10/10 Tweet - All right, this one isn't a blog post either, but I recently joined Twitter and was captivated by this 140-character dispatch from one of my all-time favorite food writers, Mollie Katzen: "Ruddy hues in my December kitchen: ruby chard, red onions, acorn squash, pomegranates, persimmons, cranberries. Typing w beet-stained hands."
Thanks for reading. Wishing you the best for 2011! -Nora
(Images: See linked posts for full image credits.)