It's That Time of Year Again...

I enjoyed doing a nontraditional favorites of the year list last year, so thought I'd compile my favorite reads of 2011, in various categories, as the year comes to a close.

Favorite Cookbook:
Martha Stewart's New Pies & Tarts: 150 Recipes for Old-Fashioned and Modern Favorites.
Everything I've done from this book so far has been wonderful. The Brie & Apple Tart will be Christmas morning breakfast at our house, and later we'll have the Rocky Road Pie!

Favorite Chef Memoirs:
Life, on the Line: A Chef's Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, and Redefining the Way We Eat, Grant Achatz & Nick Kokonas

Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef, Gabrielle Hamilton

Four Kitchens: My Life Behind the Burner in New York, Hanoi, Tel Aviv, and Paris, Lauren Shockey

Favorite Books by Colorado Authors:
The Source of All Things: A Memoir, Tracy Ross

After the Golden Age, Carrie Vaughn

I had the pleasure of meeting both of these authors through the Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series, too!

Favorite Book by a Former Cheerleader:
Pink Boots and a Machete: My Journey from NFL Cheerleader to National Geographic Explorer, Mireya Mayor

Favorite Road Trip/Kidnapping:
The Borrower, Rebecca Makkai (and yes, the kidnapper is a librarian!)

2 Interesting Explorations of Gender:
Annabel, Kathleen Winter

Nina Here nor There, Nick Krieger

Memoir that Inspired Me to Cook at Home More:
The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How a Few Simple Lessons Turned Nine Culinary Novices into Fearless Home Cooks, Kathleen Flinn

Favorite Young Adult Novels:
Huntress, Malinda Lo

Beauty Queens, Libba Bray

Blood Red Road, Moira Young

Favorite Audios:
Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History, Ben Mezrich

Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell

Favorite Books with Animals:
Following Atticus: 48 High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship, Tom Ryan

Sheepish: 2 Women, 50 Sheep, and Enough Wool to Save the Planet, Catherine Friend

Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom, Jennifer Holland

Wicked Bugs: The Louse that Conquered Napoleon's Army and Other Diabolical Insects, Amy Stewart (because not all animal stories have to be about CUTE animals!)

What were your favorites of 2011, in these, or your own categories?


Written by Becker on December 15, 2011


Lisa H. on December 16, 2011


Thanks, Becker! I can't wait to read some of these... and THANKS for the audio suggestions. These will be good for my commute.

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