Best selling cookbooks of 2016

Last month our friends at cookbook stores around the world gave us their picks for their favorite books of 2016. 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.  

Three authors had different books on last year's top seller lists - Ina Garten, Gina Homolka and Meredith Laurence (The Blue Jean Chef). And 4 books have been best sellers in both 2015 and 2016 - Food Lab, Pioneer Woman, Inspiralized and Thug Kitchen.

So to sell a lot of cookbooks you should have a TV show or popular blog, be a supermodel, swear a lot or tie-in to the current hot kitchen appliance. But, like last year, there is little intersection between the national bestsellers and those from specialist stores - only The Food Lab, Thug Kitchen and Appetites appear on both.

Please do remember when buying cookbooks to support your local cookbook store, if you are lucky enough to have one. You will miss it if it closes! Vancouver's much loved Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks is closing at the end of February. Please don't let that happen to any more of these precious stores.


Bestselling USA Cookbooks as supplied by Nielsen BookScan - Source:  Publishers Weekly

Cooking for Jeffrey1. Cooking for Jeffrey by Ina Garten
2. Cravings by Chrissy Teigen
3. The Pioneer Woman Cooks Dinnertime by Ree Drummond
4. Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook
5. Air Fry Everything by Meredith Lawrence
6. The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt
7. Skinnytaste Fast and Slow by Gina Homolka
8. The Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook by Laurel Randolph
9. Appetites: A Cookbook by Anthony Bourdain
10. Inspiralized by Ali Maffucci


Omnivore Books (San Francisco) - owner Celia Sack32 Yolks

1. 32 Yolks by Eric Ripert
2. The Basque Book by Alexandra Raij, Eder Montero & Rebecca Flint Marx
3. How to Bake Everything by Mark Bittman
4. Zahav by Michael Solomonov
5. The New Mediterranean Jewish Table by Joyce Goldstein
6. Tasting Rome by Katie Parla and Kristina Gill
7. Ten Restaurants That Changed America by Paul Freedman
8. Small Victories by Julia Turshen
9. Everything I Want to Eat: Sqirl by Jessica Koslow
10. Marbled, Swirled & Layered by Irvin Lin


Kitchen Arts & Letters (New York) - owners Nach Waxman &  Matt Sartwell La Bonne Table

1. 32 Yolks by Eric Ripert
2. La Bonne Table by Ludwig Bemelmans
3. The Wizard's Cookbook by Ronny Emborg
4. Chocolate: The Reference Standard by Georg Bernardini
5. Small Victories by Julia Turshen
6. Tasting Rome by Katie Parla and Kristina Gill
7. Dorie's Cookies by Dorie Greenspan
8. The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt
9. Appetites: A Cookbook by Anthony Bourdain
10. Caldos/Broths by Ricard Camarena


The Book Larder (Seattle) - owner Lara Hamilton Red Rooster Cookbook

1. 32 Yolks by Eric Ripert
2. The Red Rooster Cookbook by Marcus Samuelsson
3. Dorie's Cookies by Dorie Greenspan
4. Zahav by Michael Solomonov
5. Bon Appétit - The Food Lover's Cleanse by Sara Dickerman
6. Run Fast. Eat Slow by Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky
7. Amaro by Brad Thomas Parsons
8. How to Bake Everything by Mark Bittman
9. Danielle Walker's Against All Grain Celebrations
10. A Modern Way to Eat by Anna Jones


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

Portland Farmers Market Cookbook1. Portland Farmers Market Cookbook by Ellen Jackson
2. Good Food Great Medicine by Miles & Mea Hassell
3. The Elements of Pizza by Ken Forkish
4. Taste & Technique by Naomi Pomeroy
5. Appetites: A Cookbook by Anthony Bourdain
6. The Whole30 by Melissa & Dallas Hartwig
7. Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook 
8. Run Fast. Eat Slow by Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky
9. The Love & Lemons Cookbook by Jeanine Donofrio
10. The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt


The Cookbook Stall (Philadelphia) - owner Jill Ross


1. Zahav by Michael Solomonov and Stephen Cook
2. Vedge by Rich Landua and Kate Jocoby
3. The Reading Terminal Market Cookbook, 2nd Edition by Anna Hazan and Irina Smith
4. Philadelphia Cooks Italian by Celeste A. Morello
5. Naturally Sweet Food in Jars by Marisa McClellan
6. V Street by Rich Landua and Kate Jocoby
7. The New Cocktail Hour by André & Tenaya Darlington
8. The Gefilte Manifesto by Jeffrey Yoskowitz & Liz Alpern
9. Philadelphia Chef's Table by April White
10. Food in Jars by Marisa McClellan


Read It and Eat (Chicago) - owner Esther Dairiam

Small Victories

1. Small Victories by Julia Turshen
2. The Red Rooster Cookbook by Marcus Samuelsson
3. Dorie's Cookies by Dorie Greenspan
4. The Love & Lemons Cookbook by Jeanine Donofrio
5. The Adventures of Fat Rice by Abe Conlon, Adrienne Lo, & Hugh Amano
6. Molly On The Range by Molly Yeh
7. Sweet Sugar, Sultry Spice by Malika Ameen
8. More Mexican Everyday by Rick Bayless
9. Cooking Like A Master Chef by Graham Elliot
10. Indian for Everyone by Anupy Singla



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

Good Time Eatin' in Cajun Country

1. Good Time Eatin' in Cajun Country by Donna Simon
2. Chef Paul Prudhomme's Louisiana Kitchen
3. The Art of Eating by M.F.K. Fisher
4. Italian Regional Cooking by Ada Boni
5. Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home by Julia Child and Jacques Pepin
6. In the Land of Cocktails by Ty Adelaide Martin & Lally Brennan
7. Simply French by Patricia Wells
8. An Invitation to Indian Cooking by Madhur Jaffrey
9. Casual Cooking by Michael Chiarello
10. Chez Panisse Desserts by Lindsey R. Shere



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

British Columbia from Scratch

1. British Columbia From Scratch by Denise Marchessault
2. The French Chef in America by Alex Prud'Homme
3. Taste of Persia by Naomi Duguid
4. CinCin by Andrew Richardson
5. East Van Foodie by Brad Hill & Chris Dagenais
6. French Country Cooking by Mimi Thorisson
7. Appetites: A Cookbook by Anthony Bourdain
8. Dorie's Cookies by Dorie Greenspan
9. Taste & Technique by Naomi Pomeroy
10. Simple by Diana Henry


Good Egg (Toronto) - owner Mika Bareket

Simple by Diana Henry

1. Simple by Diana Henry
2. Dorie's Cookies by Dorie Greenspan
3. Taste of Persia by Naomi Duguid
4. Food52: A New Way to Dinner by Amanda Hesser & Merrill Stubbs
5. Appetites: A Cookbook by Anthony Bourdain
6. Simple by Jean-François Mallet
7. Dandelion and Quince by Michelle McKenzie
8. New Vegetarian by Alice Hart
9. Everything I Want to Eat: Sqirl by Jessica Koslow
10. Classic German Baking by Luisa Weiss


Appetite for Books (Montreal) - owner Jonathan Cheung

Montreal Cooks

1. Montreal Cooks by Jonathan Cheung and Tays Spencer
2. It's All Easy by Gwyneth Paltrow
3. Made in Quebec by Julian Armstrong 
4. Zahav by Michael Solomonov
5. Gjelina by Travis Lett
6. Taste of Persia by Naomi Duguid
7. The Silver Platter by Daniella Silver & Norene Gilletz
8. The Love & Lemons Cookbook by Jeanine Donofrio
9. Vegetarian India by Madhur Jaffrey
10. Salad Love by David Bez


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

List not yet received



Scrumptious Reads (Brisbane) - owner Julie Tjiandra


1. Octaphilosophy by André Chiang
2. Smith & Daughters by Shannon Martinez and Mo Wyse
3. Lamingtons & Lemon Tart by Darren Purchese
4. Neighbourhood by Hetty McKinnon
5. Australian Fish & Seafood Cookbook by John Susman, Anthony Huckstep, Sarah Swan & Stephen Hodges
6. Best Kitchen Basics by Mark Best
7. The Cook's Table by Stephanie Alexander
8. Appetites: A Cookbook by Anthony Bourdain
9. Gather by Gill Meller
10. River Cottage A to Z Ingredients by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall et al



De Kookboekhandel (Amsterdam, Netherlands) - owner Jonah Freud

Rijksmuseum Cookbook

1. The Rijksmuseum Cookbook by Jonah Freud
2. BBQ Bijbel van Julius Jaspers
3. The Nordic Cookbook Magnus Nilsson
4. Vegarabia [New Feast] by Greg and Lucy Malouf
5. De Banketbakker by Cees Holtkamp & Jonah Freud
6. Uit de oven van van Boven by Yvette van Boven
7. Groot Aziatisch kookboek [The Complete Asian Cookbook] by Charmaine Solomon
8. Een nieuwe manier van koken [A Modern Way to Cook] by Anna Jones
9. Over Rot by Meneer Wateetons
10. The Amsterdam Gourmet by Jonah Freud & Cijn Prins


  • Rinshin  on  3/27/2017 at 6:04 PM

    I see regional preferences. I wonder if Amazon will ever share their list?

  • FritB  on  6/5/2017 at 2:18 PM

    I agree with Rinshin. Europe is bigger than a bookshop in the Netherlands. Where are the French and British. I am a cookbook lover from all around the globe but missing some countries

  • Jane  on  6/5/2017 at 3:41 PM

    FritB - we can only publish the lists if the bookstores supply us with the information. I chase and chase but often hear nothing. There are very few specialist cookbook stores in Europe compared to the USA and Canada. And the Europeans don't seem to want to communicate! If you know a cookbook store you think we should add to our directory and chase for the list, please do let us know.

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