Watching Gourmet Grow
In the three years since Cooking Light began giving these awards, the number of small-batch food producers has grown deliriously, and so has the quality of their products.
The pickling craze of 2010 simmered down, leaving room for a burst of intricate preserves, as well as a noisy party of superb small-batch liquor and beer. Most of these items can be ordered online. Shipping can be expensive, so we favored products that deliver a uniquely regional experience or make special gifts.
We did not focus on low-fat foods: When the quality is this high, you can enjoy a little less and truly savor.