Once a year, we revisit the year's interviews and commit to picking three books apiece -- the ones that will remain on our personal bookshelves. Let me warn you: We are a diverse group, with interests as varied as hemp seed, the farm bill, Modernist Cuisine and home-brewed kombucha. But even in this crowd, the standouts are obvious every single year.
Here's this year's short list, in no particular order.
Special Mention: Cherry Bombe – a new biannual food magazine founded by Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu. It's a new voice that celebrates women in the culinary world.
Polling for this year's book picks included the input of Lynne Rossetto Kasper, host; Sally Swift, managing producer; Jennifer Russell, producer; Jenny Luebke, editor and technical director; Jennifer Larson, production assistant; and Laura Kaliebe, assistant web producer.