Top 10 cookbooks whet the appetite
03/20/2014 10:09 AM
03/20/2014 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”
Join the Discussion
The Sacramento Bee is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.