Best selling cookbooks of 2015

Last month our friends at cookbook stores around the world gave us their picks for their favorite books of 2015.  Now we asked them for their top sellers.  We thought it would be interesting to compare the lists from specialist stores in the USA to that for all US sales from the publishing industry data company, Nielsen.  They are very different lists (with only 2 books -The Food Lab and Thug Kitchen - appearing on both). Five of the 2015 bestsellers were also Top 10 books in 2014.

USA

Bestselling USA Cookbooks as supplied by Nielsen BookScan - Source:  Publishers WeeklyPioneer Woman Cooks Dinnertime

1. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime by Ree Drummond
2. Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook
3. Make It Ahead by Ina Garten
4. The Skinnytaste Cookbook by Gina Homolka
5. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier by Ree Drummond
6. Inspiralized by Ali Maffucci
7. Blue Jean Chef: Delicious Under Pressure by Meredith Laurence
8. The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt
9. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays by Ree Drummond
10. Franklin Barbecue by Aaron Franklin and Jordan Mackay

 

Omnivore Books (San Francisco) - owner Celia SackSimply Nigella

1. Simply Nigella by Nigella Lawson
2. This is Camino by Russell Moore, Allison Hopelain and Chris Colin
3. Lidia's Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and Tania Bastianich Manuali
4. Near & Far by Heidi Swanson
5. Nopi by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully
6. Heart & Soul in the Kitchen by Jacques Pépin
7. My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz
8. Zahav by Michael Solomonov and Stephen Cook
9. My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl
10. Vegetarian India  by Madhur Jaffrey

 

Kitchen Arts & Letters (New York) - owners Nach Waxman &  Matt Sartwell Heart & Soul in the Kitchen

1. Heart & Soul in the Kitchen by Jacques Pépin
2. Nopi by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully
3. A Girl and Her Greens by April Bloomfield
4. Zahav by Michael Solomonov and Stephen Cook
5. Food52 Genius Recipes by Kristen Miglore
6. Simply Nigella by Nigella Lawson
7. Mastering Pasta by Marc Vetri
8. Bar Tartine by Nicolaus Balla and Cortney Burns
9. Benu by Corey Lee
10. Mexico from the Inside Out by Enrique Olvera

 

The Book Larder (Seattle) - owner Lara Hamilton A Boat A Whale and A Walrus

1. A Boat, A Whale, and A Walrus by Renee Erickson
2. Heart & Soul in the Kitchen by Jacques Pépin
3. My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl
4. Date Night In by Ashley Rodriguez
5. Sea & Smoke by Blaine Wetzel & Joe Ray
6. Near & Far by Heidi Swanson
7. Mastering Sauces by Susan Volland
8. Fika by Anna Brones & Johanna Kindvall
9. Bar Tartine by Nicolaus Balla and Cortney Burns
10. A Modern Way to Eat by Anna Jones

 

Powell's City of Books (Portland) - cookbook buyer Tracey T.

Thug Kitchen1. Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook
2. Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi
3. Pok Pok by Andy Ricker
4. Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi
5. Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi
6. Proof: The Science of Booze by Adam Rogers
7. The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon
8. Good Food, Good Life by Curtis Stone
9. The Whole 30 by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig
10. Death & Co by David Kaplan, Nick Fauchald and Alex Day

 

The Cookbook Stall (Philadelphia) - owner Jill Ross

Zahav

1. Zahav by Michael Solomonov and Stephen Cook
2. Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook
3. Near & Far by Heidi Swanson
4. Vedge by Rich Landua and Kate Jocoby
5. My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl
6. Food52 Genius Recipes by Kristen Miglore
7. The Reading Terminal Market Cookbook, 2nd Edition by Anna Hazan and Irina Smith
8. New German Cooking by Jeremy & Jessica Nolen
9. Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi
10. Philadelphia Cooks Italian by Celeste A. Morello

 

Read It and Eat (Chicago) - owner Esther Dairiam

Cookie Love

1. Cookie Love by Mindy Segal
2. Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook
3. Rose Water & Orange Blossoms by Maureen Abood
4. Mark Bittman's Kitchen Matrix by Mark Bittman
5. My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl
6. Blood, Bones & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton
7. Tacopedia by Deborah Holtz and Juan Carlos Mena
8. Nopi by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully
9. The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt
10. Mallmann on Fire by Francis Mallmann

 

Farm & Fable (Boston) - owner Abby Flanagan

My Pantry

1. My Pantry by Alice Waters
2. A Boat, A Whale, and A Walrus by Renee Erickson
3. Heart & Soul in the Kitchen by Jacques Pépin
4. Zahav by Michael Solomonov and Stephen Cook
5. Gjelina by Travis Lett
6. Oyster: A Gastronomic History by Drew Smith
7. Near & Far by Heidi Swanson
8. At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen by Amy Chaplin
9. A Modern Way to Eat by Anna Jones
10. My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl

 

Kitchen Witch Cookbooks (New Orleans) - owners Debbie Lindsey and Philipe LaMancusa

Gumbo Tales

1. Gumbo Tales by Sara Roahen
2. Austin Leslie's Creole-Soul by Austin Leslie
3. Chef Paul Prudhomme's Louisiana Kitchen
4. Cooking up a Storm 10th Anniversary by Judy Walker and Marcel Bienvenu
5. The Encyclopedia of Cajun and Creole by John D. Folse
6. The Art of Eating by M.F.K. Fisher
7. How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman
8. Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi
9. Good Time Eatin' in Cajun Country by Donna Simon
10. New Orleans Classic Desserts by Kit Wohl

 

CANADA

Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks (Vancouver) - owner Barbara-Jo McIntosh

Essence of French Cooking

1. Simply Nigella by Nigella Lawson
2. The Essence of French Cooking by Michel Roux
3. Nopi by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully
4. My New Roots by Sarah Britton
5. Tin Fish Gourmet by Barbara-Jo McIntosh
6. True North by Derek Dammann and Chris Johns
7. A Taste of Haida Gwaii by Susan Musgrave
8. Gjelina by Travis Lett
9. Cooking for Me and Sometimes You by Barbara-Jo McIntosh
10. The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine and Cheese Maker by Jennifer Schell

 

Good Egg (Toronto) - owner Mika Bareket

My New Roots

1. My New Roots by Sarah Britton
2. 101 Easy Asian Recipes by Lucky Peach and Peter Meehan
3. A Modern Way to Cook by Anna Jones
4. A Modern Way to Eat by Anna Jones
5. Nopi by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully
6. The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt
7. The Violet Bakery Cookbook by Claire Ptak
8. True North by Derek Dammann and Chris Johns
9. Vegetarian India  by Madhur Jaffrey
10. The Mission Chinese Food Cookbook by Danny Bowien and Chris Ying

 

Appetite for Books (Montreal) - owner Jonathan Cheung

Montreal Cooks

1. Montreal Cooks by Jonathan Cheung and Tays Spencer
2. Made in Quebec by Julian Armstrong 
3. Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi
4. Brown Eggs and Jam Jars by Aimée Wimbush-Bourque
5. My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl
6. True North by Derek Dammann and Chris Johns
7. Food52 Genius Recipes by Kristen Miglore
8. Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi
9. Preservation Society Home Preserves by Camilla Wynne
10. Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi

 

The Cookbook Co. Cooks (Alberta) - owner Gail Norton

A Spicy Touch

1. A Spicy Touch by Noorbanu Nimji and Karen Anderson
2. Nopi by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully
3. True North by Derek Dammann and Chris Johns
4. My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl
5. Food52 Genius Recipes by Kristen Miglore
6. Persiana by Sabrina Ghayour 
7. Gjelina by Travis Lett
8. Buvette by Jody Williams
9. Essential Turkish Cuisine by Engin Akin
10. Tacopedia by Deborah Holtz and Juan Carlos Mena

 

All the Best Fine Foods (Toronto) - cookbook manager Alison Fryer

My Kitchen Year

1. My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl
2. Tacopedia by Deborah Holtz and Juan Carlos Mena
3. Near & Far by Heidi Swanson
4. Happy Hens & Fresh Eggs by Signe Langford
5. A Taste of Haida Gwaii by Susan Musgrave
6. Food52 Genius Recipes by Kristen Miglore
7. Vegetarian India  by Madhur Jaffrey
8. Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi
9. Zahav by Michael Solomonov and Stephen Cook
10 A Field Guide to Canadian Cocktails by Victoria Walsh and Scott McCallum

 

AUSTRALIA

Scrumptious Reads (Brisbane) - owner Julie Tjiandra

Nopi

1. Nopi by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully
2. Franklin Barbecue by Aaron Franklin and Jordan Mackay
3. Tacopedia by Deborah Holtz and Juan Carlos Mena
4. The Nordic Cookbook by Magnus Nilsson
5. Spice Temple by Neil Perry
6. A Modern Way to Eat by Anna Jones
7. Tokyo Cult Recipes by Maori Murota
8. Biota by James Viles
9. Maggie Beer's Spring Harvest Recipes by Maggie Beer
10. Bien Cuit by Zachary Golper and Peter Kaminsky

 

EUROPE

De Kookboekhandel (Amsterdam, Netherlands) - owner Jonah Freud

Vegerabia

1. Vegarabia [New Feast] by Greg and Lucy Malouf
2. Veggie! by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
3. Over Rook by Meneer Wateetons
4. Verrot Lekker by Christian Weij
5. Salmagundi by Sally Butcher
6. Nopi by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully
7. Groot Indonesisch Kookboek by Beb Vuyk
8.
 Morito by Samuel & Samantha Clark
9. Gartine by Kirsten Eckhart and Willem-Jan Hendriks
10. Bistronomy by Jane Sigal

 

Cook + Book (Arnhem, Netherlands) - owner Riejanne Schimmel

Plenty

1. Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi
2. Powerfood by Rens Kroes
3. Verrot Lekker by Christian Weij
4. Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi
5. Persiana by Sabrina Ghayour
6. Green Smoothies by Fern Green
7. Nopi by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully
8. Veg! (River Cottage Veg Every Day) by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
9. Everyday Super Food by Jamie Oliver
10. Spuntino by Russell Norman

3 Comments

  • ellabee  on  1/28/2016 at 7:44 PM

    PW certainly has struck a vein; rich get richer. I'm happy to see that the Food Lab is selling briskly (just please don't let it inspire another round of equally oversized, overweight tomes). Speaking of which, does the Neilsen list include ebooks (Kindle et al.), or just physical ones? Unsurprisingly given the Serious Eats audience and the mammoth 7-lb nature of the actual book, the e-versions of Food Lab are a bigger percentage of sales than for most other major releases.

  • ellabee  on  1/28/2016 at 7:55 PM

    Thanks so much for this roundup; it's fascinating and funny to see the differences between cities -- and even between stores in the same city.

  • Jane  on  1/29/2016 at 4:34 PM

    The Nielsen sales figures do include eBooks. For small specialist stores, a lot of sales can depend on whether an author does an appearance there. For example I know that Ruth Reichl is a big draw - I went to a sold-out talk at the Brattle Theater (capacity 225) in Cambridge MA and the price included a copy of the book. 225 sales is a lot for one cookbook from one store (not on our list as it was a general bookstore). So it will often be that the book does well in one store but not another because the author went there.

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