The Boston Globe 2012 cookbook roundup is now live! just in time for  last-minute, down-to-the-wire holiday shopping. This year’s picks, many of which were favorites on other lists as well:

If some of these titles seem familiar, it’s no coincidence!  Of the maybe 400  books submitted for consideration in 2012, I found myself returning over and over to a group of perhaps two dozen really important contributions, and I felt compelled to draw attention to them on a number of occasions over the course of the year.  If you’re wondering what distinguishes the NPR list from the Globe list (I write both lists), it’s mostly a matter of audience; so there is a little bit of overlap. Also recommended but previously reviewed in the Globe: The Fresh and Green Table,  The Fresh EggSusan Feniger’s Street FoodAsian Tofu, Modern Sauces.