2011's Best Blogs to Cookbooks Slideshow

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They Draw & Cook (Welden Owen, 2011)
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They Draw & Cook (Welden Owen, 2011)
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Brother and sister team, Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell, created the popular blog They Draw & Cook, where they bring playing with their food to a whole new level. The blog consists of illustrated recipes from artists all over the world. And now, they've turned it into a page-turning, colorful cookbook. 

From mojitos to bacon and egg toasties, the book is filled with adorable and exciting illustrations that prove that more than anything, cooking is meant to be enjoyable and a little silly, too. 

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They Draw & Cook

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The Happy Herbivore (BenBella Books, 2011)
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The Happy Herbivore (BenBella Books, 2011)
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This light-hearted cookbook, like Lindsay Nixon's blog, focuses on healthy and delicious recipes that are good for you and the environment. With flavorful and spice-filled recipes like this red lentil dal, Nixon shows that being a vegan doesn't mean having to give up good food.

For a quick meal, try her Black Bean Burgers.

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Kit Sweeney

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Make the Bread, Buy the Butter (Free Press, 2011)
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Make the Bread, Buy the Butter (Free Press, 2011)
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Jennifer Reese, aka The Tipsy Baker, has put together this humorous book filled with tips for what you should and shouldn't make from scratch. On her "make it" list? Her delicious pumpkin pie recipe

Read, cook, and learn, from this motivating and invigorating cookbook

 

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Erich Hobbing

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Serious Eats (Clarkson Potter, 2011)
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Serious Eats (Clarkson Potter, 2011)
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Founder Ed Levine has turned his popular blog, filled with food news, cooking tips, and techniques, into a comprehensive cookbook. With this book, you'll be equipped to make all of America's favorite foods (think burgers, pizza, and steaks), plus exotic dishes like this Halal cart-style chicken and rice with white sauce recipe.

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Serious Eats

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Homesick Texan (Hyperion, 2011)
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Homesick Texan (Hyperion, 2011)
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In 2006, Lone Star native Lisa Fain turned her homesickness into a successful and popular blog (now turned into a cookbook) that inspires both misplaced Texans and non-Texans alike to get in the kitchen. With recipes like her great-grandmother's chow chow to chipotle pimento cheese, she shares a bit of Southern culture and flavor in each of her dishes. 

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Shubhani Sarkar

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Easy Chinese Recipes (Tuttle, 2011)
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Easy Chinese Recipes (Tuttle, 2011)
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Bee Yinn Low (a frequent TDM contributor) has turned her popular blog, Rasa Malaysia, into an easy-to-follow cookbook filled with approachable and mouthwatering recipes. 

Click here to see her shrimp fried rice recipe and an interview with the author. 

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Bee Yinn Low

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Our Best Bites (Shadow Mountain, 2011)
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Our Best Bites (Shadow Mountain, 2011)
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Both friends and mothers, the dynamic duo Sara Jones and Kate Wells, have published their first cookbook after a successful run with their blog called Our Best Bites.

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Our Best Bites

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In the Small Kitchen (HarperCollins, 2011)
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In the Small Kitchen (HarperCollins, 2011)
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Motivated by a small space, two friends who shared a love for cooking and entertaining decided to start a blog — Big Girls Small Kitchen — to show just how much could get done in a tiny New York kitchen. 

The young team recently published their debut cookbook, filled with fantastic recipes, tips, and so much more. 

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HarperCollins

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The One-Block Feast (Ten Speed Press, 2011)
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The One-Block Feast (Ten Speed Press, 2011)
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Based off of the magazine's award-winning blog, this informative and lively cookbook chronicles the journey of a group of magazine staffers as they attempt to grow and create all the necessary ingredients themselves for a series of fabulous feasts.

From their experience raising chickens to making their own wine, the wonderful anecdotes of the staff inspire readers to do it themselves (whatever that might be).

Click here to see the Nasturtium Salad with Omelette Ribbons recipe.

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Thomas J. Story