Just because it's fun to check in with the rest of the world
from time to time, here's the 5 best-selling cookbooks on Amazon
today. (I'll just list the titles, on the principle that
sometimes it's OK to judge a book by its cover.)
In other words, three
weight-loss books, one vegetables-for-health book, and one barbecue
book endorsed by Paula Deen. Except for the barbecue book,
it's the same old summer preoccupation: How do I look in my swim
suit, and what can I eat so I look better?
(In case you're interested, here are the numbers of EYB
bookshelves these books are on: 0, 0, 2, 6, 15. The 15 is the
barbecue book, which makes a certain sense. I have it
Now, just for fun, let's look at the all-time most popular books
In other words, a classic French
cookbook, an all-purpose cookbook, two popular mainstream 90's
cookbooks, and a slow-food home version of an upscale restaurant's
This probably sheds some light on a few factors--how much we
like to cook (a lot), what our preoccupations are (really
great-tasting food that ranges from
weekday-easy-but-still-unprocessed to mildly fancy and
challenging), and our age (alas).
Now--again, just for fun, and without being snobs about
it--let's ask ourselves some questions looking at these two
- How many of today's Amazon bestsellers will be Amazon
bestsellers in a month? in a year? in 10 years?
- How many of today's bestselling cookbooks will earn a spot on
EYB's most popular list, over time?
- How much do you want to bet that the #1 Amazon bestseller in
cookbooks a year from today will tell you how to lose weight by
reducing carbs in your diet?
- How much are you influenced in your cookbook choices by what's
selling best in the marketplace?
- Are the two lists so different because EYB members cook
differently, or because it's summer and that's what sells in
summer? Or some other reason?
I'd like to come back and look at the two lists again in
December. Chances are, the EYB list will look pretty much the
same. But the Amazon one may not at all.