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.
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
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
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?