Best Cookbooks of 2010

… and the winner is Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan.

Last year we had a neck-and-neck race between the top two contenders, Momofuku and Ad Hoc at Home, both cookbooks from top restaurant chefs, with Momofuku edging ahead at the end. This year our winner stayed ahead from the beginning and the race was for second place between The Essential New York Times Cookbook and Noma, which couldn’t be two more different cookbooks.

We amalgamated 110 Best of 2010 lists from TV, Radio, Newspapers, Magazines, Websites, Blogs and Booksellers across the world (these are listed below).

For those of you interested in data:

  • From 110 lists there were 1,109 votes
  • 396 different cookbooks made the list
  • 230 cookbooks had only one vote

1. Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan

Dorie is best known for her baking prowess but this cookbook is a collection of her best home-cooking recipes assembled during her many years living part-time in Paris.

2. The Essential New York Times Cookbook by Amanda Hesser

Amanda Hesser tested and updated 1,108 recipes from the 150 year history of Times’ recipes to produce this classic compendium of recipes from chefs, home cooks, and food writers.

3. Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine by René Redzepi

For most of us this will be a book to sigh over rather than cook from. Stunning photos, creative recipes, but we had to add 86 new ingredients when indexing this book, our highest ever!

4. Thai Street Food by David Thompson

Thai food expert Thompson takes us on a gastronomic tour of the stalls and markets of Thailand with beautiful photos that really capture the essence of the country.

5. Heart of the Artichoke by David Tanis

Twenty-four menus, six per season, with lots of insight and anecdotes, make this a book to treasure.

=6. Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi

A collection of vegetarian recipes drawn from his column ‘The New Vegetarian’ for the Guardian’s Weekend magazine, these vegetable dishes are wholly original and innovative, based on strong flavours and unusual, fresh combinations.

=6. One Big Table by Molly O’Neill

O’Neill spent ten years traveling America to find the best recipes from home cooks. These 600 recipes were whittled down from 20,000 contributions, so you know these are going to be the favorite and best family dishes.

8. Baked Explorations by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito

The Brooklyn bakers have modernized classic American pastries and desserts applying their own unique twist and style.

=9. Good to the Grain by Kim Boyce

Boyce has created fabulous tasting baked goods using twelve different whole-grain flours, proving that whole-grain baking is more about incredible flavors and textures than anything else.

=9. Ready for Dessert by David Lebovitz

For those of us who missed Lebovitz’s early dessert books, now sadly out of print, this collection of his best dessert recipes will have to suffice. Fabulous recipes and photos are accompanied by witty comments.

=9. Tartine Bread by Chad Robertson

Recipes for the San Francisco bakery’s legendary bread, from one of the most celebrated breadmakers in the United States.

Runners Up

Top British Picks

Sources for Data

TV & Radio


Newspapers and magazines

Associated Press, Vogue, Bon Appetit, Saveur, The New York Times (Sunday Book Review), The New York Times (Wednesday food section), The Washington Post, The Washington Post (BBQ books), The Washington Examiner, The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly (party host books), LA Weekly (cultural/memoirs), San Francisco Chronicle, Denver Post, Minneapolis & St. Paul (Andrew Zimmern), The Oregonian, Philadelphia Enquirer, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Vancouver Sun, Montreal Gazette, The Globe & Mail (Toronto), The Ottawa Citizen, Chicago Daily Herald, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Reader, Tulsa World, The Detroit News, The Advocate (Baton Rouge), The Arizona Daily Star, The News Tribune (Tacoma, WA), Pioneer Press/, Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Modesto Bee, Mobile Press-Register, The New York Jewish Week, Time Out New York, Esquire Magazine, New York Magazine, Imbibe Magazine, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, The Library Journal, The Observer Food Monthly, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, Delicious Magazine

Websites, online magazines and blogs

Eat Your Books,, The Daily Beast, Serious Eats,, Good Bite, AOL, Slashfood, (UK), Star Chefs, The Huffington Post (cocktail books), The Huffington Post (cookbooks), The Huffington Post (cookbooks from bloggers), Food52, David Lebovitz, Michael Ruhlman, Cooking With Amy, Dorie Greenspan, Andrea Nguyen, Amateur Gourmet, Metropulse, January Magazine, The Daily Green, Simple Bites, Gluten-Free Girl and The Chef, StoveTop Readings, 5 Second Rule, Dessert First, Food Lush, Reading by the River, RecipeGirl, The Pastry Whore, Whip Up, Zester Daily, The Single Mum Diaries, Sassy Radish, Tasting Table, The Nibble (Healthy), The Nibble (Gourmet),, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, Kitchen Kat, The FarmPlate Blog, Feast!, Smith Bites, 3 lists from Matt Bites: Baking, International, and General, The Bitten Word,, Cooks&Books&Recipes, Cook That Book, Books on the Nightstand

Booksellers,,, Rabelais Books of Portland, ME, The Cookbook Store of Toronto, Readings of Melbourne, Australia