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2014: A Retrospective

I know everyone's saying it, but I have to reiterate: I can't believe 2014 is over! This was another fun year at PAPER/PLATES, full of great books and delicious eats. But I feel like this was the year PAPER/PLATES became much more about people than simply about book reviews and recipes — and those people helped this blog grow in a way more meaningful than metrics can capture. 

We benefited from a growing, high-class group of contributors; from interesting culinary and literary personalities who let me question them (sometimes at short notice); and from you, the readers, who wrote in/commented/tweeted and generally made me feel like we weren't sending missives into the deep, dark ether. Thanks for reading!

Here are, in order of ascending popularity, our top posts of 2014. Hoorah!

At The Table With...Sara Lenton of Cake Over Steak >> She's a food blogger and illustrator whose food drawings will make your Instagram weep.

At The Table With...Melissa Coleman of The Fauxmartha >> Melissa's blog is rife with simple beauty — both in its clean photos and in her practical kitchen tips.

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra & Beef Manti (Dumplings) >> I fell hard for this beautiful, sobering read and was thrilled by how many people said they picked it up on my recommendation.

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (AKA J.K. Rowling) & Creamy Tomato Bisque For One >> Is anyone surprised that a J.K. Rowling book (granted, under a pseudonym) made it onto this or any top 10 list? I thought not.

The Children Act by Ian McEwan & Pumpkin Pie Truffles >> Sure, there's something about pumpkin pie around Thanksgiving time, but I'm sure Katie's masterful pairing had a lot to do with this one's popularity.

At The Table With...Molly Yeh of My Name Is Yeh >> This has been an awesome year for Molly, from the skyrocketing success of her blog to being interviewed by Sam Sifton to getting married. Get it, girl.

At The Table With...Sana Khan of Chai and Pie Co. >> She's all about that pie, 'bout that pie, no crumble. (Sorry not sorry.)

China Miéville's The City & The City & Layered Persian Rice >> The stunning creativity of this first post from contributor Sarah Bridge went unnoticed by few. And for good reason.

Lauren Francis-Sharma's 'Til The Well Runs Dry & Baked Chili-Lime Chips >> The pairing surrounding this moving novel drew readers in thanks to the way it captured its tart, fiery and comforting heroine.

9 Gift Ideas for Foodies >> I was shocked that this post from only a few weeks ago was the year's most popular but, hey, I can't say I blame people for being into these goodies.

The TBR List: Serial

"Stone Mattress" by Margaret Atwood & Frozen Mocha Brownie Bites

"Stone Mattress" by Margaret Atwood & Frozen Mocha Brownie Bites