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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”


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