2012 was a mixed year of food trends. The meaty obsession with butchering was balanced by a softer new communion with root vegetables and wild herbs. But the best bites of the year soared because they did what good food always does: layered flavors and textures in surprising ways. For our globetrotting correspondent, there are 15 for which he'd gladly break his New Year's resolution.
Raphael Kadushin is a regular contributor to Epicurious, Gourmet Live, National Geographic Traveler, and Condé Nast Traveler
Pictured: The Pig in Hampshire, England, one of the year's best restaurants -- Courtesy of The Pig