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Best of the Best Blogs 2010: Eat with Your Eyes

Every day, were counting down the best blog posts of 2010. Cannelle et Vanilles Pear, Apple and Fennel Salad kicks us off.

Every day, we're counting down the best blog posts of 2010. Cannelle et Vanille's Pear, Apple and Fennel Salad kicks us off.

By Fine Cooking Editors, editor

December 27th, 2010

We’re counting down the best blog posts of 2010, organized into five fun categories, as our way of highlighting food bloggers who keep us interested, feed our obsession for beautiful, creative, delicious-looking dishes, bloggers who make us think and compel us into our own kitchens, and who always seem to have the right recipe at the right time (how do they always know?).

We’re kicking off the countdown with posts you wish you could Eat with Your Eyes: The most beautiful food styling and photography. Visit Tuesday for our picks for 2010's best Kitchen Stunts: Cooking feats of silliness or extreme daring and another chance to vote and win.


Cannelle et Vanille: Pear, Apple and Fennel Salad
There’s something so calming about these photos by Aran Goyoaga; I can feel my blood pressure going down just looking at them.
Jennifer Armentrout, senior food editor

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La Tartine Gourmande: Colorful Gratin Dauphinois
Gratins are usually monochromatic affairs, but this technicolor version by Béa Peltre looks too pretty to eat.
Melissa Denchak, assistant editor

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Use Real Butter: Italian Meatballs
Meatballs can be a real challenge to photograph well, but this photo series of Jennifer Yu making meatballs is just beautiful.
Denise Mickelsen, associate editor

Canelle et Vanille: Pear, Apple and Fennel Salad   La Tartine Gourmande: Colorful Gratin Dauphinois   Use Real Butter: Italian Meatballs

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Desserts For Breakfast: Black Forest Gateau 
Blogger Stephanie Shih makes a Black Forest Cake that's inspired by her black and white collection of forest photography. It's a strikingly gorgeous cake; the cherry-studded insides are bracingly red against the black and white post.
Evan Barbour, editorial assistant

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Bake or Break: Chocolate and Salted-Caramel Cupcakes
Mississippi-based blogger Jennifer McHenry obviously believes that closer is better, and she brings readers right into whatever sweet treat she’s making.
Lisa Waddle, managing editor

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Tartelette: White Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse
Helene at Tartelette is just a fantastic photographer and food stylist; the pomegranate seeds in this post glow like little rubies.
Rebecca Freedman, senior editor

Desserts For Breakfast: Black Forest Gateau Photo: Stephanie Shih
  Bake or Break: Chocolate and Salted-Caramel Cupcakes  Photo: Jennifer McHenry
  Tartelette: White Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse Photo: Helene McSweeney

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Update:
Congrats to Aran Goyoaga, author of Cannelle et Vanille. Her Pear, Apple, and Fennel Salad was voted the most gorgeous post of 2010. We picked Wannabe_Chef's comment at random, so she's getting more eye candy to look at: Taunton's Harvest to Heat and Absolutely Chocolate!

Read them all
Monday: Most Gorgeous Posts of 2010
Tuesday: Most Fun or Daring Kitchen Stunts of 2010
Wednesday: Best Food Blog Writing of 2010
Thursday: Best Penny-Pinching Food Blogs of 2010
Friday: Blogs That Help Us Travel the World Through Food
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Comments (8)

TheYearInFood writes: I have been haunted by La Tartine Gourmande's gratin since she first posted. Posted: 2:01 pm on January 2nd

Hmminbrd writes: While the salad is colorful and poised beautifully, I like the unusual artistry of the trees on the Black Forest Gateau. That's something I don't normally see and would like to attempt for a wow factor at a party. I vote for the subdued but sensational artistic flair. Posted: 4:37 pm on December 28th

anpsteph writes: This is a lovely photograph. However, from my perspective, the fork seems to be facing the wrong direction if I am to be the one about to enjoy this beautiful salad. Posted: 8:14 am on December 28th

Pielove writes: I want a print of the pear, apple, and fennel salad in my kitchen-- and I want the salad itself on my table! Posted: 8:33 pm on December 27th

bellasf writes: Canelle et Vanille's Pear, Apple, and Fennel Salad is beautiful to the eyes, to the appetite, and to the stomach. Its simplicity and elegance works on all levels. Posted: 7:02 pm on December 27th

cheek2cheek writes: My-Oh-My! I agree, it IS difficult to choose just one. Each of these extremely talented and skilled food photographers...create not only a feast for the eye, but scrumptious mouth-watering recipes. I for one, am extremely grateful for each one of them and appreciate their gracious generosity more than I can articulate. Posted: 6:27 pm on December 27th

Wannabe_Chef writes: The recipes and photos at Canelle et Vanille are amazing! Posted: 5:29 pm on December 27th

EmilyR writes: Wow! Such gorgeous posts, it's hard to pick just one! Can't wait to see the posts of extreme daring tomorrow =) Posted: 3:40 pm on December 27th

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