The year is coming to a close as quickly as it swept in, but not before we have a chance to look back on the restaurants, recipes, cookbooks, food trends, and blogs that got us talking. In past years we—the editorial team—have looked back on what we thought were “Chowhound’s Best Cooking Tips,” “San Francisco’s Best Bites,” and “The Best New York Chowhound Finds,” to name a few, but this year we want to hear what you, a member of the Chowhound community, have to say about a broader range of categories. What’s your take on the state of dining, cooking, imbibing, and culinary publishing in 2014? We want to know.

Please share your nominations on the following Chowhound boards for:

BEST RESTAURANTS

BEST NEW RECIPES

Visit the “Best of 2014: Recipe” thread on the Home Cooking board and share your nominations for one or all 20 different recipe categories ranging from Best Gluten-Free Recipe to Best Slow-Cooker Recipe.

BEST NEW COOKBOOK

Visit the “Best of 2014: Cookbook” thread on the Home Cooking board and share your nominations for one or all five cookbook categories featuring: Best Baking & Dessert Cookbook, Best Vegetable-Focused/Vegetarian Cookbook, Best Beverage Book, Best Restaurant Chef Cookbook, Best General Cookbook.

BEST NEW FOOD/BEVERAGE BLOG

Visit the “Best of 2014: Food/Beverage Blog” thread on the Food Media & News board and share your nominations for one or all 10 blog categories ranging from Best Kids’ Cooking Blog to Best Cocktail Blog.

BEST FOOD TREND OF 2014

Visit the “Best of 2014: Food Trend” thread on the General Topics board and share your nominations for one or all 10 trend categories ranging from Best Dessert Trends to Best Cooking Method Trend of 2014.

WORST FOOD TREND OF 2014

Visit the “Worst Food Trend of 2014” thread on the General Topics board and share your nominations for one or all 10 trend categories ranging from Worst Dessert Trends to Worst Cooking Method Trend of 2014.

BEST FOOD APP

Visit the “Best of 2014: Food App” thread on the Food Media & News board and share your nominations for your favorite food App.

TIMELINE

Through Sunday, December 7, you’ll have the opportunity to share your nominations on these board threads, and from your suggestions, we’ll build our voting polls. If we don’t receive enough recommendations for a particular category, CHOW’s editorial team will create a list of handpicked nominations. We want as many Chowhound suggestions as possible, so please share your nominations – we want to see what you’ve really loved and been inspired by in the culinary world over this past year!

Then, on Monday, December 8, we will announce the winning nominations from each category, and voting will take place through Monday, January 5. On Friday, January 9, all winners for each category will be announced.

We’re looking forward to reading all of your great nominations – if you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to ask them in the comments below. Cheers and happy nominating!

Photo credits: Restaurant image from Chicago Magazine; Ramen image from CHOW; Jamie Oliver cookbook image from CHOW; Food blogs image from PBS; Ramen burger image from CHOW; Fake “cronut” image from Bite Eat Swallow; iPhone and food app images from Digest Online

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