I'm a big fan of the end-of-year lists of editors' favorites that newspaper food sections and cooking magazines publish. I always figure that these people cook through a lot of recipes in the course of a year and if something stands out enough to be remembered as a favorite, then there's a better chance that it will actually be a recipe that I find worth making again and again. It's nice to have someone winnow the chaff for you. Or maybe winnowing the chaff is too negative a way to put it. Let me rephrase: nice to have someone pointing out the gems.
Fine Cooking Staff's Top Picks for 2009
Saveur's Best Recipes of 2009
Cooking Light's Greatest Hits of 2009
Southern Living Magazine Editor's favorites from 2009
Baltimore Sun Food Section's Favorite Recipe of 2009 and also Recipes of the Decade
Chicago Tribune's Best Recipes from 2009
LA Times 25 Years of the LA Times' best recipes
Atlanta Journal Constitution's Best Recipes of 2009
The Toronto Star's Top 10 Recipes of 2009
Chicago Sun Times Best Recipes of 2009
Cleaveland Plain Dealer's Greatest Hits of 2009
Pittsburgh Post Gazette's Favorite Recipes for 2009
For good measure, two lists of reader's favorites for 2009:
And finally, a list of blogger's 2009 favorite recipe posts.