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.
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Sally Swift is the managing producer and co-creator of The Splendid Table. Before developing the show, she worked in film, video and television, including stints at Twin Cities Public Television, Paisley Park, and Comic Relief with Billy Crystal. She also survived a stint as segment producer on The Jenny Jones Show.