Best of the best cookbooks list 2016

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Each year, Jane collects the “best cookbooks of 2016” lists from a wide variety of sources, ranging from television to radio to bloggers to newspapers – over 300 lists in total. After aggregating and ranking nearly one thousand books, Jane compiles the winners into  EYB’s “Best of the Best” cookbooks of 2016.

After a few years of crushing the competition, Yotam Ottolenghi did not release a cookbook, opening the field up to others. This year’s top cookbook was a baking book: Dorie’s Cookies by the inimitable Dorie Greenspan. Check out the Best of the Best page for all the other winners plus charts from the UK, Canada and Australia/NZ. There are also specialist charts for Vegetarian & vegan books, Drinks books and Food writing books.

Among the top 10, Diana Henry’s book is on the most Member Bookshelves (250 for the US edition, 218 for the UK edition). Ina Garten follows with Cooking for Jeffrey found on 235 Bookshelves. Dorie’s book resides on 215 Bookshelves so far, although all of these numbers are sure to grow in the months ahead. Compare these numbers to the whopping 5,215 Members who own Plenty and you can see why Ottolenghi dominated the cookbook lists of the past few years.

In all, there 930 cookbooks on our list, though more than half received just one vote. See the complete coterie of cookbooks on the 2016 Best Cookbooks page. How did your favorite books do? Do you know of any great books that aren’t on the list?

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  • Rinshin  on  December 22, 2016

    Who votes on these books?

  • Jenny  on  December 22, 2016

    Rinshin – these are a compilation of Best Lists around the world – check to see all the lists that contributed

  • Rinshin  on  December 22, 2016

    Thanks and I saw the list, but who actually voted?

  • Jane  on  December 22, 2016

    Rinshin – if you look at the bottom of the page you will see Sources for Data. All 313 lists that contributed to Best of the Best are listed with links to every source.

  • Christine  on  December 24, 2016

    Each time a book appeared on any one of those 313 lists Jane found, it received a "vote." Then all the "votes" were tallied to come up with the final rankings. EYB searches out as many top cookbooks of the year lists it can possibly find to work with each year.

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