By Bonnie Benwick
Friday, December 10, 2010; 1:56 PM
I prefaced my list of the year's top cookbooks in the Dec. 1 Food section by admitting my failure to narrow the field to a few titles. This time, I've succeeded: These are the ones I will dive into repeatedly for inspiration and years of happy meals.
Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine
By Ren Redzepi
The young Danish chef of what has been deemed the best restaurant in the world, Noma, in Copenhagen, produces the most innovative and beautiful cookbook of the year. You can appreciate the way he puts food on the plate and his ingredient combinations even if you aren't inclined to try them yourself.
More than 300 Recipes From My Home to Yours
By Dorie Greenspan
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. $40
All the judges hold up 10s for this collection. Greenspan woos her readers with an engaging voice and a deep roster of accessible recipes. She loves many things that are French, yet a dish produced from this book may seem downright down-home to anybody.
And Other Kitchen Journeys
By David Tanis
The author describes himself as "a restaurant chef who has always preferred to cook at home," which is why his latest collection of recipes has practical appeal. He advocates for the best of seasonal ingredients, offers his thinking behind menus and cooks with a purity. He is also wise enough to title a chapter "Hooray for Ziploc Bags."