Saturday, January 01, 2011

Goodbye to all that (2010 edition)


Charlie Christian, Solo Flight: The Genius of Charlie Christian (CBS)

Charlie Poole, The Legend of Charlie Poole (County)

Kurt Vile, Childish Prodigy and Square Shells EP (Matador)

Michael Hurley, Blue Hills (Mississippi)

Mike Hurley, First Songs (Smithsonian/Folkways)

John Lee Hooker, Endless Boogie (ABC)

Black Mountain, Wilderness Heart (Jagjaguwar)

Metal Mountains, "Structures in the Sun" (Amish)

Cold Cave, Love Comes Close (Matador)

Dead Meadow, Old Growth (Matador)

Vashti Bunyan, Some Things Just Stick in Your Mind: Singles and Demos, 1964-1967 (DiCristina)

Ratatat, LP4 (XL)

Arcade Fire, "The Suburbs" (Merge)

The Six and Seven-Eighths String Band of New Orleans, s/t (Folkways)

The Dough Rollers, M.H. Merchant Stone House, Cornwallville, NY, June 2010

Joanna 1

Joanna Newsom, Have One on Me (Drag City)

Pylon, Chomp More (DFA)

Destroyer, "Archer on the Beach/Grief Point" 12" (feat. Tim Hecker and Loscil) (Merge Records)

Wolf Parade, Expo 86 (SubPop)

Townes Van Zandt, In the Beginning (Compadre) & s/t (Fat Possum)

Steve Earle, Townes (New West)

Rosanne Cash, "Girl From the North Country" (Manhattan)

Harlem, Hippies (Matador)

Fairport Convention, s/t (Polydor) and Unhalfbricking (Four Men with Beards)

Wendy René, "After Laughter" (Stax)

Big Star, "Motel Blues (Demo)," Keep An Eye on the Sky (Rhino)

Fleetwood Mac, Future Games (Reprise)

The Bee Gees, First (Atco)

Status Quo, "(April) Spring, Summer, and Wednesdays" (Pye)

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, Kollaps Tradixionales (Constellation)

The Clean, "Changing Your Head," Unknown Country (Flying Nun)

Grinderman, Grinderman 2 (Anti)

V/A, Casual Victim Pile: Austin 2010 (Matador)

Ella Fitzgerald, Savoy Recordings, 1936-1937 (Savoy/ASV Living Era)

Captain Beefheart* & His Magic Band, Safe as Milk (Buddha) and sur le sable, Cannes, '68


AEB cookbook of the year: Chad Robertson, Tartine Bread

Kermit Lynch, Adventures on the Wine Route: A Wine Buyer's Tour of France and Inspiring Thirst: Vintage Selections From the Kermit Lynch Wine Brochure

Everyday Harumi: Simple Japanese Food for Family and Friends

Michelle and Philip Wojtowicz and Michael Gilson with Catherine Price, The Big Sur Bakery Cookbook: A Year in the Life of a Restaurant

W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage

Jim Thompson, The Killer Inside Me

George Eliot, Silas Marner

James Beard, American Cookery

Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Thomas Frank, The Wrecking Crew

Suzanne Goin with Teri Gelber, Sunday Suppers at Lucques

F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender is the Night

Thomas Hardy, Far From the Madding Crowd

René Redzepi, Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine

Edward Behr, "The State of Pork: Iowa, Pigs, Corn, and Pasture," The Art of Eating (Spring 2010, no. 84)

Popular Plates BBQ: Across the Country with Roadfood's Jane & Michael Stern

David Pasternack and Ed Levine, The Young Man and the Sea: Recipes and Crispy Fish Tales From Esca

Moving Images

Errol Morris' First Person: The Complete Series

Inside Job, dir. Ferguson

Incendies, dir. Villeneuve

Ace in the Hole, dir. Wilder

Spartacus, dir. Kubrick

Exit Through the Gift Shop, dir. Banksy

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, dir. Capra

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, dir. Ford

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, dir. Powell

The Housemaid

The Housemaid, dir. Kim Ki-Young

30 Rock

The Ghost Writer, dir. Polanski

The African Queen, dir. Huston

A Serious Man, dir. Coen

K Street


Thieves' Highway, dir. Dassin

The White Ribbon, dir. Haneke

The Fighter, dir. Russell

The Office (U.S.)

Food and Drink

Kazu 3

AEB Montreal restaurant of the year: Kazu

AEB non-Montreal restaurant of the year: Flour + Water (San Francisco)

AEB pâtisserie of the year: Pâtisserie Rhubarbe, Mtl

AEB sandwicherie of the year: Saltie, NYC

eating your way across New York City

eating your way across Los Angeles

eating your way across Northern California

Le Comptoir, Montreal

100 Almond Curry


Smith Island cake

AEB burgers

Lièvre à la royale + smoked suckling pig dinner for two + Gerard Schueller Riesling Bildstoecklé, 2007, Joe Beef

Fleisher's pork shoulders


Kermit Lynch Wine Merchants, Berkeley, CA

tboc 3

Tomales Bay Oyster Company

baking Tartine bread at home

Les 400 Coups, Montreal

Bandol/Alsace night with friends



Stinson Beach, CA

Fort Tilden, NY

Rehoboth Beach, DE

Big Sur, CA

swimming on two coasts in two weeks

Les Étoffes, 5253 St-Laurent, Montreal

you light up my life

Machine Age lamps

This American Life

La Founderie, 6596 St-Laurent, Montreal

Essex County, NY

Prelinger Library, SF

learning to play bridge

New York High Line

Jericho Center, VT, Jericho, VT, and "Snowflake" Bentley

fall bazaars


Goodbye 2010, hello 2011!


Want to check out earlier lists of faves? Here are the links:





Anonymous said...

that's quite a list! been meaning to see the white ribbon myself... and your tartine bread would make MY top '10 list as well.

happy new year, you two!


Teri said...

Happy New Year, AEB, and thanks especially for the Jericho Center tip. We were in Vermont over the New Year, and made sure to stop by today to buy some eggs, but sadly no ham. Someone had bought over $400 worth of meat before us, all listed neatly on the self-serve clipboard.

Amber said...

Great list! Happy New Year and I wish y'all many more posts and foodie adventures in 2011.

Szef Bartek said...

Some people have
a different take on the NOMA cookbook.

michelle said...

Hello Bartek, the tone of that article is so annoying. You can make snide remarks all you want, but Rene is a poet and he is creating something spectacular, which is more than I can say for ol' what's his name. (the author of the article)
I am not calling Noma a sacred cow, but there was a much wittier way to write this article, ie., not so ham-fisted.

Szef Bartek said...

I shared this because I thought it was a rather hilarious parody. No denying that its ham-fisted. Sorry to hear that it annoyed you.

Einar got the book for Christmas and I have been studying it over the last few days. Do you find any of the recipes useful?

michelle said...

Sorry if I barked at you, it seemed like the author of that article missed the whole point of Noma...

The recipes are less useful than inspiring. For sure there are elements that are do-able for home, but attempting a whole dish is a bit daunting, especially without 20 stagaires picking bucketfuls of herbs for you.

I love the book, though, and their first one. Definitely the most exciting thing happening in the restaurant world (for me).

tams said...

Lovely lists. I feel like I need a mixtape like the old days. Can't wait to come for a visit in the summer and share some food with you both. Happy New Year! XOXO T&T