As 2012 draws to a close, CJR writers brainstormed the year’s best reads in their beats.

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Pete Wells’s review of Guy Fieri’s new restaurant — The New York Times

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Paul Greenberg’s op-ed about how restoring oysters to New York waterways could help minimize effects of hurricanes — The New York Times

Julia Moskin outing the fact that most chefs don’t write their cookbooks — The New York Times

Ben Wallace’s nuanced take(down) of Brooklyn’s foodie fantasia — New York

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Brent Cunningham is CJR’s managing editor.