The Best Cookbooks of 2012: What Were Your Favorite Finds This Year?

It's the time again, when we look back at the year and share our favorite finds. But first, we want to know: what do you think were the best cookbooks of 2012?

Renee Schettler Rossi from Leite's Culinaria offered an eclectic roundup of cookbook favorites, including Michael Ruhlman's Salumi (an authoritative guide for any "hardcore salumerist"), Jim Lahey's My Pizza ("you'll find nothing here but crisp crusts so thin as to seemingly defy every law of physics"), Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer's Canal House Cooks Every Day ("a book that can instantly transport you from your mundane reality...to a life in which lunch is lingered over each day") and Jesse Griffiths' Afield ("lots of straightforward, non-emasculating advice on everything from roasting a whole hog to making a venison burger").

We at The Kitchn will offer our own 2012 picks in the coming weeks, but we're curious: what cookbooks really inspired you this year?

→ Read more: Best Cookbooks of 2012 at Leite's Culinaria

Related: Our Readers' Top 5 Cookbooks for 2011

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