12/16/2011 12:58 pm ET

Where They Ate: Chefs' And Food Writers' Best Meals Of 2011, Part I

For an increasingly large sector of humanity, eating has become more than just stabbing at something with a fork, putting it in our mouths and masticating. Chefs are perceived as rockstars, the food blog-o-sphere is inhaling Miracle Grow, and eating has been given a kind of reverence usually reserved for sex and spirituality. If there's anything that sums up where we're at as an eating species right now, it's this: we're rhapsodizing about Danish cuisine.

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