Slideshow: Our Favorite Photos of 2012

Fresh Soba
Fresh Soba

Soba master Shuichi Kotani making fresh soba at the Gohan Society's Aki Matsuri Autumn Festival.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Steamed Yuba
Steamed Yuba

Steamed yuba with soba porridge and ankake soy sauce from Kajitsu in New York City.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Loads of Barbecue
Loads of Barbecue

Eating everything from Franklin Barbecue in Austin.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Sea Urchin
Sea Urchin

Sea urchin from Maison Premiere in Brooklyn.

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[Photograph: Alice Gao]

Chef Nicolas Borzee
Chef Nicolas Borzee

Chef Nicolas Borzee of Bouche in San Francisco.

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[Photograph: Wes Rowe]

Fries with Eyes
Fries with Eyes

Fries with eyes (crispy fried whitebait) from The Daily in New York City.

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[Photograph: Alice Gao]

Trotters Tom Yum
Trotters Tom Yum

Ingredients for tom yum soup featuring pig's trotters.

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[Photograph: Chichi Wang]

Crisp Grilled Cheese
Crisp Grilled Cheese

Crisp grilled cheese sandwiches with an outer cheese shell.

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[Photograph: María del Mar Sacasa]

Bananas Foster Trifle
Bananas Foster Trifle

Bananas Foster Trifle made with rum-spiked brown sugar walnut cake, vanilla custard, meringue, and sticky bananas foster.

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[Photograph: María del Mar Sacasa]

Pig Candy
Pig Candy

Pig candy, bacon topped with caramelized brown sugar and cayenne pepper and glazed with maple syrup.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

Lechon Liempo
Lechon Liempo

Lechon liempo, Filipino-style roasted pork belly.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

Indian Sweet Shop
Indian Sweet Shop

Khateswar Sweets in Jaisalmer, India.

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[Photograph: Jessica Allen and Garrett Ziegler]

Chili Bean Paste Factory
Chili Bean Paste Factory

Chili bean paste factory in Pixian, China, where the handmade paste is dried in the sun and aged for at least one year.

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[Photograph: Liz Bomze]

A Truckload of Pork Rinds
A Truckload of Pork Rinds

A truckload of pork rinds in Thailand.

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[Photograph: Liz Bomze]

Kale, Apple and Pancetta Salad
Kale, Apple and Pancetta Salad

A salad made with bitter kale and radicchio, crispy-salty pancetta, tart apples, and sweet maple syrup.

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[Photograph: Jennifer Segal]

Milk Tea Sherbet
Milk Tea Sherbet

Sherbet with the deep, milky flavor of a properly made cup of milk tea.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Explorateur Cheese Course
Explorateur Cheese Course

Explorateur cheese course from Bonsoirée in Chicago.

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[Photograph: Huge Galdones]

Pig Face Patties
Pig Face Patties

Pig face patties about to enter the wood fired oven at Girl & the Goat in Chicago.

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[Photograph: Huge Galdones]

Lobster Chawan Mushi
Lobster Chawan Mushi

Lobster chawan mushi from Sepia in Chicago.

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[Photograph: Huge Galdones]

The Science Behind Salt and Vinegar Chips
The Science Behind Salt and Vinegar Chips

Not the way salt and vinegar chips are made.

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[Photograph: Daniel Souza]

Farmers' Market Tomatoes
Farmers' Market Tomatoes

Assorted tomatoes from Feeding Crane Farms in Natomas, California.

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[Photograph: Erin Jackson]

The Fried Chicken Luther
The Fried Chicken Luther

The Fried Chicken Luther sandwich featuring buttermilk fried chicken and strips of applewood smoked bacon on a housemade brioche doughnut glazed with a maple-chicken jus and topped with oven-baked pecans, from ChurchKey in Washington, D.C.

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[Photograph: Brian Oh]

Cereal Bowl
Cereal Bowl

Bowl of cereal from the Cereal Bar at Gramercy Tavern in New York City.

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[Photograph: Alice Gao]

Pork and Crab Soup Dumplings
Pork and Crab Soup Dumplings

Pork and crab soup dumplings ready to be steamed at RedFarm in New York City.

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[Photograph: Laura Togut]

Fried Chicken
Fried Chicken

Fried chicken from Memphis Minnie's in San Francisco.

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[Photograph: Wes Rowe]

Thai Herbal Salmon Salad
Thai Herbal Salmon Salad

Thai salad with poached salmon, herbs, and chilies.

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[Photograph: Leela Punyaratabandhu]

Mallomar Pie
Mallomar Pie

Mallomar Pie, marshmallow filling in a graham cracker crust topped with a chocolate glaze shell.

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[Photograph: Lauren Weisenthal]

Stir Fried Pork Jowl and Radishes
Stir Fried Pork Jowl and Radishes

Stir fried pork jowl and radishes from Mission Chinese Food in New York City.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Tower of Nopales
Tower of Nopales

A tower of nopales—the young pads of the prickly pear cactus—at La Merced in Mexico City.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

Into the Oven
Into the Oven

Chef Erik Freeberg baking a pizza at Bar Toma in Chicago.

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[Photograph: Roger Kamholz]

Adam and Paulie
Adam and Paulie

Adam Kuban slicing a pizza as Paulie Gee looks on at Paulie Gee's in Brooklyn.

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[Photograph: Jessica Leibowitz]

New York-Style Pizza
New York-Style Pizza

Homemade New York-style pizza with pepperoni.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]