Our Readers' Top Five Cookbooks of 2011

We asked our readers about their favorite new cookbooks of 2011, and while a delightful variety emerged, there were a few clear frontrunners. We weighed these with our own favorites, as well as the ones that seemed to receive the most chatter from our friends and fellow bloggers. What were the results? Which books earned our must-buy award for 2011?

Fresh, colorful, inspiring vegetarian cooking carried the day, with not one but two books that offered a vibrant medley of vegetable-focused meals. Both of them also carried a strong sense of place and culture: One that of the fog-shrouded Bay Area, nestled near green fields and fruit orchards; the other, the colorful, polyglot melting pot of modern London. There was an ice cream book from the heart of America's farmland, and a collection of sophisticated yet simple recipes from a Brooklyn kitchen. Read on to see each of these books, and to hear a little of what our readers said about them.

5 Top Cookbook Picks of 2011

These picks were chosen from our readers' comments on the blog, as well as on Twitter and Facebook, weighted ever so slightly by our own favorites from the past year.

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8 Cookbook Honorable Mentions

Here are eight more cookbooks that received enthusiasm and mentions from our readers.

Also, I will take a moment to mention that Sara Kate and I both released books this year: Good Food To Share and Not Your Mother's Casseroles. (It's just the beginning of a rich run of cookbooks from the crew here at The Kitchn; there are several more in the works!)

• All books mentioned can be found on Amazon, in your local independent bookstore, or at your local library. Many are available for e-reader devices as well.

Got another favorite cookbook of 2011 to share? Tell us in a comment below!

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.