Tips for better search results

The number of recipes in the EYB Library is impressive and continues to grow. The only thing better than having such a fantastic repository of recipes is the ability to find just the one you are looking for. To that end, we are providing a brief tutorial on different ways to search for recipes in the Library. Remember, you can always visit the Help section if you want to learn more about a particular tool.  

First, you need to decide where you want to search: only on your Bookshelf, or more broadly. Most people begin by searching their own Bookshelf, by navigating to the My Bookshelf icon and selecting Recipes. From there, a number of tools will help you hone in on exactly what you want. While it is tempting to just type in a search term and hit the enter key, using a few refinements will provide better results. For example, if I have a chicken but do not have a plan for it, I could just type chicken into the search box. However, that search results in over 6,000 hits! That is far too many to browse through, but I can narrow my search considerably using the EYB filters. 

Filters can help you find recipes to precisely match what you are looking for by recipe type, ingredient, ethnicity, course, occasion, or nutrition. In the example above, I will get more finessed results by selecting Ingredient/Meat, Poultry & game/Chicken in the filters than by just typing Chicken into the search box. When I use this filter, I end up with roughly half the number of hits, just over 3,000. Why is that? Many recipe titles include the word "chicken" but don't have chicken in them (e.g. chicken fried steak), or they use an ingredient like 'chicken stock' or 'chicken livers', neither of which is what I have.

Even this reduced list is cumbersome, so I will use additional filters to whittle it down. I also have some lemongrass to use up, so I will add that filter as well by choosing lemongrass from the list of Herbs  under the Ingredients filter Now I am down to 73 results, but I can narrow the list even further. If I am not in the mood for soup, I can exclude all soup recipes. I choose Soups in the "Filter by" list, and then click the "+" to the left of the Soups heading, making it a "-". That excludes all of the soup recipes. Now I have only 46 options. 

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I can continue to add filters to include or exclude ingredients, or I can use other types of filters, such as ethnicity, occasion, or meal course to make the list even smaller. Additionally, I can choose to search only within my cookbooks, only in magazines, or only online recipes. For these limitations, choose the appropriate option in the "Only show" section in the upper right corner of the screen. You can select more than one - I sometimes choose "Online Recipes" in addition to "Book Recipes". If I find a recipe that is available online I can use my tablet, which takes up less counter space than a large cookbook. 

If you are using filters to exclude allergens, please note that store-cupboard ingredients such as flour and eggs are not listed in small quantities (less than one cup of flour and less than 4 eggs).  In that case, using filters won't be a completely accurate way to find recipes for food allergies.

You can also restrict your searches to a particular author or book. You can do this by entering the book title or author name in quote marks in the Recipes search terms box, e.g. "Barefoot Contessa Cookbook" or "Ina Garten". From there you can add other search criteria. You can also search within any indexed book - whether it is on your Bookshelf or not - by finding the book in the Library and clicking on the link. When you get to the book's home page, click on the link "Search this book for recipes".

For those who are familiar with Boolean search terms, you can use them in the search box. Most of these results can also be achieved by using the filters but if you're familiar with Boolean logic you might want to use both methods.

Some examples of searches using Boolean logic:

  • AND is the default search for EYB so there is no need to put AND in your searches; e.g. entering chicken AND lemongrass to find recipes that use both chicken and lemongrass will show the same results as entering chicken lemongrass
  • OR to find recipes that have either of the criteria e.g. find recipes that use either chicken or lemongrass: enter chicken OR lemongrass
  • to find recipes that exclude a search term e.g. find recipes that use chicken but not lemongrass: enter chicken -lemongrass
  • by adding a * to the end of a word you will find all recipes beginning with that string of characters e.g. find all recipes that use pomegranates by the author Raghavan Iyer (useful if you can't remember how to spell words) - enter pomeg* ragh*
  • A more complex use of these terms: to find every chicken recipe that uses lemongrass but does not use stock and is not a soup - enter chicken and lemongrass and (-soup or -stock) 
  • Remember that using quotation marks (") limits the search to the exact phrase you type; if there are extra spaces it will look for those

I often switch back and forth between searching only my Bookshelf and searching online recipes. I choose the latter option when I know that I don't have any books, magazines, or indexed blogs that will focus on the subject matter. For instance, I have very few books on Chinese cookery, so I will look online for those recipes. If you are starting with your Bookshelf but then want to expand your search to the larger online Library, please note that the search filters do not automatically transfer from one to the other. If you use Boolean searches you can copy/paste the criteria, so that is another reason to do that if you are familiar with Boolean searching. 

If you search online recipes and find one you like, don't forget to add it to your Bookshelf so you can find it more easily next time! If you have any questions about searching that are not covered here or that are not explained in the Help section, please feel free to put them in the comments and we will try to answer them. Thanks, and happy cooking!

Buy a gift certificate and win a free lifetime membership

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You know how useful you find Eat Your Books? How about sharing that benefit with all your friends and family who love to cook? Gift certificates are available for one, two and three year memberships. And every gift certificate you buy between now and Dec 31 will enter you into a drawing to win one free lifetime EYB membership - you will never have to pay a membership fee again!

Also, please remember to link from EYB before making any purchase on Amazon. We earn a small affiliate fee for every purchase made in the next 24 hours after you click a Buy Book link. The more income we make, the more books we can index!

Gift certificate link

This promotion is now over. The lucky winner of the lifetime membership was XXOOL. But don't forget, EYB gift vouchers can be purchased all year round - perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, wedding presents, Mothers Day and more.

The amazing achievements of our indexers


How to Bake EverythingAs I'm sure you will all agree, EYB is an amazing resource. One important reason it is remains so valuable to our Members is the stellar work of our expert indexers, located in Australia, New Zealand, England, Canada, and the United States. Their speed is impressive: one of our indexers (jumali on EYB) recently accomplished a marathon indexing of Mark Bittman's How to Bake Everything: Simple Recipes for the Best Baking. She completed this book, which contains a whopping 2,116 recipes, in a week! The dedication of our indexers allows us to have many cookbooks indexed as soon as they are published.

Many cookbooks require our indexers to add new ingredients. One recent example is Central by Virgilio Martinez, which required the addition of 127 new ingredients - from only 63 recipes! This is despite the fact that we already have over 34,000 ingredients in our database. (Modernist Cuisine however holds the record for the most new ingredients from one cookbook at 144). For Central, many of the new ingredients were for exotic Andean vegetables, fruits, flowers, and even tree bark. Central cookbookA few that stand out are llama milk, alpaca milk, papas valadoras (aka "flying potatoes" because they grow suspended in the air like a piece of fruit), and 7 new types of corn.

While our professional indexers are marvelous, we would be remiss if we didn't recognize the exemplary contributions of our Member indexers. They account for about 30% of the books indexed on EYB. Member indexers also hail from all over the world, including Austria, the Netherlands, South Africa, Portugal, and France, as well as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK, and the US.

Some Members have been indexing from the early days of Member indexing in mid-2011. At least one Member has indexed over 100 books, and several more are just a few shy of 100. Many have completed between 30 and 50 books. Bright Young ThingsSometimes Members begin indexing with the intention that their entire Bookshelf will be indexed - and at least one hardy soul has accomplished this feat.

Member indexing allows us to include books outside of the mainstream. Interesting books that have recently been indexed include Ital Food: Eating Rastafarian Style, Taste Lithuania, and Bright Young Things: A Modern Guide to the Roaring Twenties. If you haven't indexed a book because the task seems daunting, keep in mind that nearly half of our Member indexers have come back to index a second book.

Cheers and thank you to all of our indexers!

Event at Bonnie Slotnick's Cookbooks

Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks  is a treasured resource for cookbook lovers across the world. If you are looking for a hard-to-find book, Bonnie can help you locate it.

Bonnie is located at 28 East Second St., New York, NY 10003 and her phone number is 212-989-8962 - if you have an inquiry for our favorite cookbook slueth. 

Myself and a few of The Cookbook Junkies are getting together this Tuesday, the 11th at 1 p.m. I will have passes to a trial Eat Your Books' membership for those who attend and we will browse the shelves and find some treasures. Come support Bonnie and her wonderful cookbook store and try Eat Your Books for three months for free.

Since really diving into Eat Your Books, I am having so much fun adding my books and exploring the site. The thought of entering my cookbooks was overwhelming at first but with a hand held scanner - it can be done very quickly. I myself am having fun entering a shelf at a time but I always take the road less traveled. I'm nearing a 1,000 books entered but have so many miles to go.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment (don't call Bonnie about this particular event - but do call her when you are looking for a book), I will be checking the comments later this evening. I look forward to seeing you there on Tuesday!

Photograph of Bonnie from her website.

Add your own photos to recipes on your Bookshelf

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Have you ever made a recipe on your Bookshelf that turned out so well that you thought your version should be the image that represents the dish? Or perhaps you have searched for a recipe and found one in a book with no images and you wished that you had a photo of the finished dish for reference. If either of these situations applies to you, you'll love the new feature available to EYB Members - being able to add your own photo to any recipe on your Bookshelf.

The process to add photos is simple: click on any recipe title on your Bookshelf and you will see an "Upload image" button; click on it and follow the simple instructions. You can use an image from your computer or snap a photo with your smartphone and upload it in seconds. The image will appear on your Bookshelf immediately (just refresh the page) and will be available for everyone else to see after we have reviewed it to make sure it is not inappropriate. If there is an official image for the recipe it will appear first, followed by your own photos, then photos of other Members with the most recently added photos first. There is a gallery below the photos that you can scroll through to see them all (see below for an example of multiple photos).

Please remember that this feature is only for your own  photographs, not images from other online sources or from books. All copyright laws apply to the uploading of images to EYB; if you infringe on anyone's copyright you may be held liable for damages (check our Terms & Conditions). We're eager to see photographs from all of our Members, so please start snapping pictures and sharing them with us!

See Darcie's later post about how to take the best food photos with your phone camera.

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A big milestone and a new feature

50,000 Online Recipes from Cookbooks!

We passed a huge milestone this month! As I hope you are aware, we link to cookbook and magazine recipes reproduced online if they have been reproduced with the publisher's permission. And this month we reached 50,000 online recipes from cookbooks. The cookbooks indexed by EYB contain an average of 193 recipes, so this is like an extra 260 cookbooks in your collection (without all the space they would take up). Of course, there's nothing like actually owning the book, but this is a great way to sample those you might be interested in purchasing.

You can add individual cookbook online recipes to your Bookshelf or you can just use the Library Online recipe filter for books when searching for a recipe. One caveat - your searches may be slower when you add thousands of individual online recipes to your Bookshelf. For faster results, search our entire online recipe collection in the Library and use filters to narrow your search.

Many cookbooks have large portions of their content online, especially if the book is derived from a newspaper column, a magazine or is linked to a TV show. To see only recipes available in an individual book, click the book title, then click "Search this book for recipes" at the top. Now filter the recipe index by the Online filter at top right. An example is Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi where 94 recipes out of the 128 in the book have links to The Guardian newspaper (where the recipes were first published). Similarly, Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics has 88 of its 99 recipes available on the Food Network website (many with videos, which are all marked in the EYB index with a TV set icon).

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My Bookshelf - Notes and Reviews

The other news is that we have added a new feature. A short while ago we added a Notes/Reviews tab to the Library where you can see all Notes (comments by EYB members) and Reviews (external reviews). Now we have added the same tab to your Bookshelf where you can see all Notes and Reviews that relate to the books, magazines and recipes that you own. You are also now able to see all your Personal Notes.

New responsive site design

 New design

When you logged into EYB today, you probably noticed that the site looks a bit different. This is doubly so if you were using your mobile phone or tablet to access the site. At long last, our responsive design is up and running, with benefits for all users, but especially those using EYB on mobile platforms.

The biggest change to the site is that all the features are available on all devices. This includes shopping lists, favorites, bookmarks, and filters. In addition to this obvious benefit, there are a few other new features for all users:

  • There are now tutorials you can follow along with by clicking the green "Need Help?" button at bottom right (not on phones yet). Even long-time members may find it useful - they may discover features they haven't been aware of. There is also a tutorial on the new release features which is worth checking out..
  • You can now view all Notes and Reviews, not just the latest ones on the Home page. You access them from the Library drop-down menu. The most recent Notes and Reviews will be higlighted on the Home page, where you'll also find a link to the full list.
  • You can now see recipe images (where available) on the standard view of the Library and My Bookshelf. And the filters are now easier to use.

We have added a Forum topic for users to provide for feedback on the new site. Please let us know how the site is working for you.

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

The favorite cookbooks of 2015

For the seventh year running we have searched the world for best cookbook lists.  And for the fourth time, Ottolenghi has the most loved cookbook in the world - Nopi. This time his co-author is Ramael Scully, the chef at Nopi.

 Ottolenghi & Scully


Check out our Best of the Best page for all the other top choices including charts from the UK & Ireland, Canada and Australia & New Zealand. And there are charts for Vegetarian & Vegan, Gluten-free & Paleo, Drinks, and Memoirs & Books About Food.

The best cookbooks of 2015 by the experts

Who knows cookbooks better than the owners of specialist cookbook stores? They stock and sell thousands of cookbooks and because their stores are focused on food and drink books, they are true experts.  They read the books, cook from them and then share their knowledge with their customers.  When shopping for cookbook gifts this holiday season, think about supporting your local bookstore.  

We asked for favorite cookbooks of 2015 lists from the cookbook stores that feature in our directory.  All these lists will be included in our Best of the Best list, which is being unveiled shortly. 

USA

Omnivore Books - owner Celia SackThis is Camino

This is Camino by Russell Moore and Allison Hopelain
Vegetarian India by Madhur Jaffrey
Tacopedia by Deborah Holtz and Juan Carlos Mena
Zahav by Michael Solomonov
Seven Spoons by Tara O'Brady
A Bird in the Hand by Diana Henry
Tokyo Cult Recipes by Maori Marota
Eat Mexico by Lesley Tellez
A Modern Way to Eat by Anna Jones
Simply Nigella by Nigella Lawson


Kitchen Arts & Letters - Matt Sartwell

Preserving the Japanese Way

Tacopedia by Deborah Holtz and Juan Carlos Mena
Slow Fires by Justin Smillie
Senegal by Pierre Thiam
Atelier Crenn by Dominique Crenn
Food52 Genius Recipes by Kristen Miglore
Bien Cuit by Zachary Golper
Preserving the Japanese Way by Nancy Singleton Hachisu
The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt
A Bird In The Hand by Diana Henry

 

Rabelais Books - owners Don & Samantha Lindgren Sea and Smoke

Sea and Smoke by Blaine Wetzel and Joe Ray
The Four Seasons of Pasta by Nancy Harmon Jenkins and Sara Jenkins
The Nordic Cookbook by Magnus Nilsson
The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook by Fania Lewando
Preserving the Japanese Way by Nancy Singleton Hachisu
Nopi: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully
The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt
This Is Camino by Russell Moore and Allison Hopelain
The Hot Bread Kitchen by Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez
The Food of Taiwan by Cathy Erway

 

Read It and Eat - owner Esther Dairiam

Cookie Love

Cookie Love by Mindy Segal
Atelier Crenn by Dominique Crenn
Zahav by Michael Solomonov
Mark Bittman's Kitchen Matrix by Mark Bittman
My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl
Nopi: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully
The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt
Near & Far by Heidi Swanson
The Dead Rabbit Drinks Manual by Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry and Ben Schaffer
Gjelina by Travis Lett

 

The Book Larder - owner Lara Hamilton

The Violet Bakery Cookbook

The Violet Bakery Cookbook by Claire Ptak
Mamushka by Olia Hercules
Zahav by Michael Solomonov
A Modern Way to Eat by Anna Jones
My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl
Fika by Anna Brones & Johanna Kindvall
A Bird In The Hand by Diana Henry
Gjelina by Travis Lett
Near & Far by Heidi Swanson
The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt

 

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

Home Baked

Home Baked by Yvette van Boven
The Broad Fork by Hugh Acheson
Tacopedia by Deborah Holtz and Juan Carlos Mena
Vegan Richa's Indian Kitchen by Richa Hingle
Teff Love by Kittee Berns
Well Fed, Flat Broke by Emily Wight
Zahav by Michael Solomonov
The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt
Modern Jewish Cooking by Leah Koenig
A Modern Way to Eat by Anna Jones

 

The Cookbook Stall - owner Jill Ross

Crossroads
The Dead Rabbit Drinks Manual by Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry and Ben Schaffer
Thug Kitchen Party Grub
This is Camino by  Russell Moore and Allison Hopelain
Gjelina by Travis Lett
Sea and Smoke by Blaine Wetzel and Joe Ray
Crossroads by Tal Ronnen
Home Baked by Yvette van Boven
Prohibition Bakery by Leslie Feinberg and Brooke Siem
Kitchen Gypsy by Joanne Weir
Lidia's Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali

 

Kitchen Witch Cookbooks - owners Debbie Lindsey and Philipe LaMancusa

Hartwood
Cooking up a Storm 10th Anniversary by Judy Walker and Marcel Bienvenu
Fun, Funky & Fabulous by Jyl Benson
A Celebration of 250 Years of Creole Cooking by Todd and April Fell
Tujague's Cookbook by Poppy Tooker
Can You Dig It by Chef John Folse
Hartwood by Eric Werner and Mya Henry
Life and Death in the Big Easy by Cheryl Gerber

 

CANADA

Good Egg - owner Mika Bareket

Nopi

Nopi: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully
My New Roots by Sarah Britton
True North by Derek Dammann and Chris Johns
A Modern Way to Cook by Anna Jones
Vegetarian India by Madhur Jaffrey
Near & Far by Heidi Swanson
The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt
The NoMad Cookbook by Daniel Humm and Will Guidara
101 Easy Asian Recipes by Lucky Peach and Peter Meehan
The Violet Bakery Cookbook by Claire Ptak

 

Appetite for Books - owner Jonathan Cheung

True North

Gjelina by Travis Lett
The Broad Fork by Hugh Acheson
Near & Far by Heidi Swanson
Nopi: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully
True North by Derek Dammann and Chris Johns
Montreal Cooks by Jonathan Cheung and Tays Spencer
A Year of Good Eating: Kitchen Diaries 3 by Nigel Slater
Hartwood by Eric Werner and Mya Henry
The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt
Vegetarian India by Madhur Jaffrey

 

The Cookbook Co. Cooks - owner Gail Norton

Gjelina

A Spicy Touch by Noorbanu Nimji and Karen Anderson
Nopi: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully
True North by Derek Dammann and Chris Johns
My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl
Food52 Genius Recipes by Kristen Miglore
Tacopedia by Deborah Holtz and Juan Carlos Mena
Gjelina by Travis Lett
Essential Turkish Cuisine by Engin Akin

 

 

All the Best Fine Foods - cookbook manager Alison Fryer

Selections not yet received

 

Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks - owner Barbara-Jo McIntosh

A Bird in the Hand

Sourdough by Sarah Owens
My New Roots by Sarah Britton
A Taste of Haida Gwaii by Susan Musgrave
True North by Derek Dammann and Chris Johns
Scook by Anne-Sophie Pic
Gjelina by Travis Lett
Nopi: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully
A Bird in the Hand by Diana Henry
A Year of Good Eating by Nigel Slater
The Essence of French Cooking by Michel Roux

 

AUSTRALIA

Books for Cooks - owner Tim White

Selections not yet received


Scrumptious Reads - owner Julie Tjiandra

Biota

Nopi: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully
The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt
Biota by James Viles
Spring Harvest by Maggie Beer
Tokyo Cult Recipes by Maori Murota
The Mission Chinese Food Cookbook by Danny Bowien and Chris Ying
The New Nordic by Simon Bajada
The Nordic Cookbook by Magnus Nilsson
The Violet Bakery Cookbook by Claire Ptak
The River Cottage Australia Cookbook by Paul West

 

EUROPE

Books for Cooks (London) - owner Eric Treuille

Selections not yet received

 

De Kookboekhandel (Netherlands) - owner Jonah Freud

Koken voor Kardinalen

Vegarabia [New Feast] by Greg and Lucy Malouf
Koken voor Kardinalen by Bartolomeo Scappi
Culture, Cuisine, Cooking by Paul Freedman
Koken met Gartine by Kirsten Eckhar, Willem-Jan Hendrik, Jeroen van der Spek and Martine Steenstra
Over worst by Samuel Levie, Maarten Kuiper and Yvette van Boven
Bistronomy by Jane Sigal
Nopi: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully

 

Cook + Book (Netherlands) - owner Riejanne Schimmel

Sesame & Spice

Verrot Lekker by Christian Weij
Atelier Crenn by Dominique Crenn
Spuntino by Russell Norman
A Year of Good Eating by Nigel Slater
Sesame & Spice by Anne Shooter
The New Nordic by Simon Bajada
Un Diner a Poils ou a Plumes by Stephane Reynaud
Nopi: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully
Sea and Smoke by Blaine Wetzel and Joe Ray
Worst Story by Samuel Levie

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