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“Pioneer Woman” cooking-show host Ree Drummond has three best-selling cookbooks on the top 10 list.

Top 10 cookbooks whet the appetite

Published: Thursday, Mar. 20, 2014 - 10:37 am

In the publishing industry, cookbooks are a hotter segment than ever. That’s because we’re turning into a nation of foodies who just can’t get our hands on enough food-related everything. Is there an app for that?

According to sales figures, these were the top 10 best-selling cookbooks in 2013. If you’re really not into cooking, reading them as you would a novel or a how-to manual is socially acceptable.

1. “A Year of Holidays” by Ree “Pioneer Woman” Drummond (367,00 “units” sold)

2. “Miss Kay’s Duck Commander Kitchen” by Kay Robertson (290,000; dig in to crawfish fettuccine and boiled squirrel and dumplings)

3. “Food From My Frontier,” a second winner by Ree Drummond (190,000; Dr. Pepper pulled pork again?)

4. “Barefood Contessa: Foolproof” by Food Network star Ina Garten (174,000; see my interview with her in the Bee’s March 26 Food & Wine section)

5. “Wheat Belly Cookbook” by William Davis (127,000; 150 wheat-free recipes)

6. “Recipes From an Accidental Country Girl,” the third top-10 title from Ree Drummond (113,000; includes “cowgirl-friendly dishes such as sherried tomato soup and olive cheese bread”)

7. “Jerusalem” by Yotam Ottolenghi (109,000; the renowned chef compiles “120 recipes exploring the flavors of Jerusalem”

8. “Giada’s Feel Good Food” by Giada De Laurentis (106,000; the Food Network star offers 120 “easy recipes and tips to maximize energy and remain fit”

9. “Forks Over Knives” by Del Sroufe (104,000; in keeping with the chef’s “whole-foods, plant-based diet”

10. “Cooked” by Michael Pollan (100,000; the journalist and “liberal foodie intellectual” explores the culinary aspects of “four classical elements — fire, water, air and earth”

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.

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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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Blair Anthony Robertson is The Sacramento Bee's food critic.

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