Gallery: Our Favorite Photos of 2012

  • Fresh Soba

    J. Kenji López-Alt

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

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    Steamed Yuba

    J. Kenji López-Alt

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

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    Loads of Barbecue

    J. Kenji López-Alt

    Eating everything from Franklin Barbecue in Austin.

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    Fried Brussels Sprouts

    J. Kenji López-Alt

    Fried Brussels sprouts with shallots and chilies.

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    Sea Urchin

    Alice Gao

    Sea urchin from Maison Premiere in Brooklyn.

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    Chef Nicolas Borzee

    Wes Rowe

    Chef Nicolas Borzee of Bouche in San Francisco.

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    Fries with Eyes

    Alice Gao

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

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    Chrysanthemum Salad

    Robyn Lee

    Chrysanthemum salad from Yunnan Kitchen in New York City.

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    Trotters Tom Yum

    Chichi Wang

    Ingredients for tom yum soup featuring pig's trotters.

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    Crisp Grilled Cheese

    María del Mar Sacasa

    Crisp grilled cheese sandwiches with an outer cheese shell.

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    Bananas Foster Trifle

    María del Mar Sacasa

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

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    Herbed Cucumber Radish Tea Sandwiches

    María del Mar Sacasa

    Herbed cucumber radish tea sandwiches with labne and pea shoots.

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    Pig Candy

    Joshua Bousel

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

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    Lechon Liempo

    Joshua Bousel

    Lechon liempo, Filipino-style roasted pork belly.

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    Indian Sweet Shop

    Jessica Allen and Garrett Ziegler

    Khateswar Sweets in Jaisalmer, India.

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    Making Chapatis

    Jessica Allen and Garrett Ziegler

    Men making chapatis in the Thar Desert in Rajasthan, India.

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    Chili Bean Paste Factory

    Liz Bomze

    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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    A Truckload of Pork Rinds

    Liz Bomze

    A truckload of pork rinds in Thailand.

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    Kale, Apple and Pancetta Salad

    Jennifer Segal

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

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    Blackberry White Chocolate Layer Cake

    Mimi Ritzen Crawford

    Lemon layer cake accented with blackberry preserves, white chocolate icing, and wafer cookies.

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    Milk Tea Sherbet

    Max Falkowitz

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

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    Explorateur Cheese Course

    Huge Galdones

    Explorateur cheese course from Bonsoirée in Chicago.

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    Pig Face Patties

    Huge Galdones

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

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    Soft Shell Crab

    Nick Kindelsperger

    Soft shell crab taco from Big & Little's in Chicago.

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    Lobster Chawan Mushi

    Huge Galdones

    Lobster chawan mushi from Sepia in Chicago.

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    The Science Behind Salt and Vinegar Chips

    Daniel Souza

    Not the way salt and vinegar chips are made.

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    Farmers' Market Tomatoes

    Erin Jackson

    Assorted tomatoes from Feeding Crane Farms in Natomas, California.

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    Farmers' Market Artichokes

    Maggie Hoffman

    Artichokes from Sweet Leaf Organic Farm in Junction City, Oregon.

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    The Fried Chicken Luther

    Brian Oh

    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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    Cereal Bowl

    Alice Gao

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

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    Pork and Crab Soup Dumplings

    Laura Togut

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

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    The NYC Bûche de Noël Train

    Robyn Lee

    A "train" made of Bûche de Noël cakes from New York City bakeries.

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    Fried Chicken

    Wes Rowe

    Fried chicken from Memphis Minnie's in San Francisco.

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    Thai Herbal Salmon Salad

    Leela Punyaratabandhu

    Thai salad with poached salmon, herbs, and chilies.

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    Mallomar Pie

    Lauren Weisenthal

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

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    U-Scream Ice Cream & Treatery

    U-Scream Ice Cream & Treatery
    Brian Oh

    A colorful ice cream cone from U-Scream Ice Cream & Treatery in Washington, D.C.

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    Stir Fried Pork Jowl and Radishes

    J. Kenji López-Alt

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

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    Tower of Nopales

    Joshua Bousel

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

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    Into the Oven

    Roger Kamholz

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

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    Arugula and Prosciutto Pizza

    Kelly Bone

    Arugula and Prosciutto pizza from Pizzanista in Los Angeles.

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    Adam and Paulie

    Jessica Leibowitz

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

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    New York-Style Pizza

    J. Kenji López-Alt

    Homemade New York-style pizza with pepperoni.

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