Here is the link to the books from 2011 that the Times determined to be most worthy of your attention.
I've read only two books on the list, In the Garden of Beasts and Blood, Butter and Bones. I've been slacking off, obviously. In any event, Blood, Butter and Bones is an autobiography by chef Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune Restaurant in New York. Of the two, I preferred Beasts to Blood.
Photo: Lake Monona Abstract. Monona, WI.