2011 is drawing to a close, and it's time to look back and take stock of this past year's crop of cookbooks. Cookbooks comprise one area of traditional publishing that's still going strong, and this felt like a particularly rich and colorful year for new cookbooks. Here are a couple of my favorites, and we would love to hear from you: Which new cookbooks really stood out to you this year? Tell us, and we'll round up all your answers next week.
Here are two of my personal favorites from 2011:
• Cookbook Review & Recipe from Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi - For his colorful, innovative ways with vegetables, and the simple yet vibrant photography.
• Recipe & Review of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home by Jeni Britton Bauer - Jeni is a hometown favorite, and her shops are one of the nicest things about living in Columbus. I adored this book — it had a great mix of thorough, scientific explanation and testing to give great results, combined with delicious recipes and gorgeous photography.
OK, your turn! What was your favorite new cookbook published this past year?
Related: Which Cookbook to Buy? 7 Questions to Help You Choose
(Images courtesy of Chronicle Books and Artisan Books)