Top 20 Kitchen Albums of 2009…

1. Circulatory System–Signal Morning (Most Memorable Dish:  Jim Lahey’s No-Knead Bread with Olives, Lemon and Sesame)

2. Built to Spill–There Is No Enemy (Most Memorable Dish:  Spanish Line-Caught Tuna, Chickpea and Smoked Onion Salad)

3. The Rural Alberta Advantage–Hometowns (Most Memorable Dish:  Cornbread)

4. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart–The Pains of
Being Pure at Heart (Most Memorable Dish:  Red Velvet Brooklyn Black-Out Cupcakes)

5. Super Furry Animals–Dark Days/Light Years (Most Memorable Dish:  Butternut Squash Agrodolce with Shaved Red Onions and Mint)

6. BlakRoc–BlakRoc (Most Memorable Dish:  Pumpkin and Spinach Gratin)

7. The Big Pink–A Brief History of Love (Most Memorable Dish:  Breakfast Pizza Bianca)

8. Jason Falkner–All Quiet on the Noise Floor (Most Memorable Dish:  Ruby Red Beet Risotto with Goat Cheese and Pistachio Pesto)

9. Doves–Kingdom of Rust (Most Memorable Dish:  Root Vegetable Tangine with Minted Whole Wheat Couscous and Almond Harissa)

10. Why?–Eskimo Snow (Most Memorable Dish:  Home-Cured Gravlax with Aquavit)

11. The Dodos–Time to Die (Most Memorable Dish:  Gjetost Caraway Crepes)

12. Camera Obscura–My Maudlin Career (Most Memorable Dish:  Octopus with Potatoes, Olive Oil, Lemon, Parsley, Pimenton and Flaked Salt)

13. Dan Auerbach–Keep It Hid (Most Memorable Dish:  Scorched Green Beans with Hazelnuts)

14. Robyn Hitchcock–I Often Dream of Trains in New York (Most Memorable Dish:  Smoked Tofu with Cabbage, Crispy Onions, Edamame and Black Vinegar)

15. Mos Def–The Ecstatic (Most Memorable Dish:  Poached Shrimp with Roasted Tomatillo-Horseradish Cocktail Sauce)

16. Beirut–March of the Zapotec and Realpeople
Holland (Most Memorable Dish:  Re-Steamed Langer’s Pastrami with Langer’s Par-Baked Rye Bread)

17. Mark Olson and Gary Louris–Ready for the
Flood (Most Memorable Dish:  Braised Cucumbers with Crispy Salmon, Dill and Lemon)

18. The Disciplines–Smoking
Kills (Most Memorable Dish:  Skaller Burgers)

19. St. Vincent–Actor (Most Memorable Dish:  Roasted Cashews with Crispy Sage and Garlic)

20. The Cocktail Slippers–St. Valentine’s Day
Massacre (Most Memorable Dish:  Fig and Goat Cheese Flatbread)

(…and a very honorable mention for the box set
of the year – if not the decade—the Big Star box set “Keep An Eye on the Sky.”)
(Most Memorable Dish:  Garlicky Greens Over Stone-Ground Polenta Topped with Poached Egg, Black Pepper and Shaved Grana Padana)

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