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Guest blog: Best cookbooks of 2009

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Year-end lists are as arbitrary as human nature. Cookbook lists pose even more of a problem, mixing in more variables. (What sort of food do you like, compared to the person compiling the list? How skilled are you in the kitchen?) along with the usual issues of writing and style.

Adding a little analytical heft to the process, Publisher’s Weekly took on the job of “rounding up the roundups” and comparing eight year-end cookbook lists, from the New York Times to websites like To my pleasure, they also included one of my favorite sources of cookbook reviews,, a site that only launched in October of 2008, and regularly features smart, in-depth, and unflinchingly honest assessments.


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