Best Cookbooks of 2014

… and the winner is Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi

This is our 6th year of compiling the Best of the Best, and there has never been a winner that was so far ahead of every other book.  Plenty More had over twice as many votes as the nearest book.

The Best of the Best list gets bigger every year.  We amalgamated more than 300 Best Cookbooks of 2014 lists from TV, Radio, Newspapers, Magazines, Websites, Blogs and Booksellers across the world (there are links to all of them below) to come up with the definitive guide to the best books on food and drink.

For those of you interested in data:

  • From 330 lists there were 3,050 votes
  • 860 different cookbooks made the list
  • 435 cookbooks had only one vote

Check out the Best cookbooks of 201320122011, 2010 and 2009 lists.

1. Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi

This is the fifth year in a row that Ottolenghi has had a book in the top 10 and the third time he has had the number one book.  No other book came close to this book’s universal popularity – it was the number one book in every country we get polls from.

2. Prune by Gabrielle Hamilton

Gabrielle’s memoir, Blood, Bones & Butter was the top rated food writing book in 2011.  Her first cookbook has proved equally popular.  This is a cookbook like no other before – a restaurant kitchen manual with notes to line cooks, stains and scribbles and no index (EYB to the rescue).

3. Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan

Dorie’s books on baking and French cooking are well loved, so much so that entire blogging groups have been created around them.  This time Dorie combines both loves in one book and proves to us that all French women do not just buy dessert from the pâtisserie.

4.  Heritage by Sean Brock

The first cookbook from the acclaimed southern chef is a very personal book.  He covers his upbringing in Appalachia and his drive to preserve the heritage foods of the South.

5. The Vegetarian Flavor Bible by Karen Page

Karen and her husband Andrew Dornenberg (who for this book took on the role of photographer) have had prior success with The Flavor Bible and The Food Lover’s Guide to Wine.  Following a change in their own eating habits, they made plants the focus of this reference guide.

6. Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook

The controversary surrounding this book – accusations of racism, copious swearing, threats against the authors, etc – doesn’t seem to have dimmed enthusiasm from reviewers.

7. The Baking Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum

Rose is one of the most thorough and precise bakers and she beautifully conveys those skills in this book, proving that the term Bible is quite appropriate.

8. The Slanted Door by Charles Phan

This is the second book from the renowned San Francisco chef.  His first, Vietnamese Home Cooking was aimed (obviously) at home cooks whereas this book reproduces the dishes from the award-winning restaurant.

9. Mexico: The Cookbook by Margarita Carrillo Arronte

A huge and hugely comprehensive guide to regional Mexican home cooking. Margarita is a chef and food activist who has a popular Latin American cable cooking show and lobbied to get Mexican cuisine listed on the UNESCO cultural heritage list.

10. My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz

Another top 10 book from an American in Paris.  Part cookbook, part travel book, part memoir – anyone who loves David’s wit on his blog will enjoy the stories that accompany every recipe.

Runners Up

Top British/Irish Picks

1. Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi
2. Persiana by Sabrina Ghayour
=3. A Modern Way to Eat by Anna Jones
=3. Jamie’s Comfort Foods by Jamie Oliver
5. The Art of Eating Well by Jasmine & Melissa Hemsley
6. A Change of Appetite by Diana Henry
=7. Honey & Co. by Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich
=7. Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect by Mary Berry
=7. Tom Kerridge’s Best Ever Dishes by Tom Kerridge
10. Morito by Samuel & Samantha Clark

Top Australian/New Zealand Picks

1. Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi
=2. Mr Hong by Dan Hong
=2. Sepia by Martin Benn
4. Kitchen by Mike by Mike McEnearney
5. What Katie Ate at the Weekend by Katie Quinn Davies
=6. Home by Karen Martini
=6. Organum by Peter Gilmore
=6. The New Easy by Donna Hay

Top Canadian Picks

1. Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi
2. Bitter by Jennifer McLagan
3. Made in Quebec by Julian Armstrong
4. Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook
=5. Prune by Gabrielle Hamilton
=5. The Messy Baker by Charmian Christie
=7. JK: The Jamie Kennedy Cookbook by Jamie Kennedy
=7.  The Great Lobster Cookbook by Matt Dean Pettit
=7.  Toronto Cooks by Amy Rosen

Top Drinks Books

1. Death & Co by David Kaplan, Nick Fauchald and Alex Day
2. Liquid Intelligence by Dave Arnold
3. The Bar Book by Jeffrey Morgenthaler
4. Sherry by Talia Baiocchi
5. Barolo and Barbaresco by Kerin O’Keefe

Top Vegetarian & Vegan Books

1. Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi
2. The Vegetarian Flavor Bible by Karen Page
3. Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook
4. The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon
=5. Green Kitchen Travels by David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl
=5. Mediterranean Vegetarian Feasts by Aglaia Kremezi
 7. Vegan Without Borders by Robin Robertson
=8. Afro-Vegan by Bryant Terry
=8. At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen by Amy Chaplin

Top Gluten-free & Paleo Books

 1. The Art of Eating Well by Jasmine & Melissa Hemsley
 2. Flavor Flours by Alice Medrich
 3. Nom Nom Paleo by Michelle Tam and Henry Fong
 4. Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple by Danielle Walker
 5. Gluten-Free Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois

Top Memoirs & Books About Food

1. The Third Plate by Dan Barber
2. Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan
3. Sous Chef by Michael Gibney
=4. Eating Delancey by Jordan Schaps and Aaron Rezny
=4. Meet Paris Oyster by Mireille Guiliano

Sources for Data


TV & Radio

America’s Test Kitchen (Chris Kimball), Food Network, KCRW (Good Food), KQED (Bay Area Bites), NPR, NPR (Here & Now), NPR (The Splendid Table), PBS Food, WBEZ (Chewing the Fat), SBS (Australia), The Food Programme (BBC)

Newspapers & magazines

US: Associated Press, The Atlantic, The Austin Chronicle, The Austin Chronicle (local books), The Birmingham News, Bloomberg, Bon Appétit, Bookpage, The Boston Globe (Susie), Boston Magazine, The Brooklyn Paper, Buffalo News, Buffalo Spree, The Charlotte Observer, The Chicago Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor (global cookbooks), The Christian Science Monitor (gifts), City Weekly (Salt Lake City), Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, Edible East End, Entertainment Weekly, Food & Wine Magazine (gifts), Food & Wine Magazine, Franklin Park Herald-Journal, Harper’s Bazaar, The Indiana Chronicle, LA Weekly (Squid Ink), Metroland, Nashua Telegraph, New Haven Register, Newsday, The New York Times, The New York Times (20 More Books), The New York Times (best baking books), The New York Times (best wine books), The New York Times (best books about drinks), Omaha World-Herald, The Oregonian (best vegan cookbooks), The Oregonian (baking cookbooks), Philadelphia Daily News (vegan cookbooks), Pittsburgh Examiner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Plate, Portland Monthly, The Press Democrat, Publishers Weekly, Raleigh News Observer, Rocky Mountain Telegram, Saveur, Shape Magazine, The Star-Ledger (NJ), Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (baking), Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (cocktails), Star-Telegram (Fort Worth), Sunset Magazine, Sweet Paul Magazine, USA Today, Union-Tribune San Diego, Vegetarian Times, The Village Voice, The Virginian-Pilot, Wall Street Journal (Christopher Kimball), The Washington Post (cookbooks), Wine Enthusiast

Canada: Canadian Living, Chatelaine Magazine, Edible Vancouver, The Globe & Mail, The Globe & Mail (gifts), National Post, Ottowa Citizen, The Post and Courier, Toronto Star, The Vancouver Sun, Zoomer Magazine

UK & Ireland: BBC Good Food, City A.M., Country Life, Delicious Magazine, Glamour Magazine, Good Housekeeping UK, The Guardian (best cookbooks), The Independent (cookbooks), The Independent (drinks books), The Herald (Ireland), The Herald (Scotland), The Irish Times, London Evening Standard, Observer Food Monthly, Red Magazine, The Spectator, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Telegraph (gifts)

Australia & New Zealand: Australian Gourmet Traveller, InDaily (Adelaide), The Age, The Australian Financial Review, The Listener (Lauraine Jacobs), Travel Insider (Qantas), Vogue Living

Blogs, websites & online magazines

US: 5 Second Rule, Ambitious Kitchen, Austin 360, Bacon is Magic, Bakepedia, Best of Food & Wine with Anthony Gismondi and Kasey Wilson, Bklyn Locavore, Book Delight, Bookish, Booklist, Book Reporter, Braiser, Bundt Lust, The Chalkboard, Chocolate Moosey, Laurie Constantino, Cook In Dine Out, Cookbooks 365, Cookbooks for Dinner (Susie), Cookie and Kate, Cookies & Cups, Cooking With Amy (must-haves), Cooking With Amy (big cookbooks), Cooking With Amy (vegetarian and vegan), Cooking With Amy (vegetable books), Cooking With Amy (Mediterranean), Cooking With Amy (Reference), Cooking With C.C., Cool Mom Picks, Le Cordon Bleu, CottonInk, Cravings, Dad Cooks Dinner, Daily Burn, A Daily Dose of Toni, Deep South Magazine, Delish Knowledge, Design*Sponge, Dessert First, Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen, Diets in Review, Eat Chic Chicago, Eater, Eat the Love Pt.1, Eat the Love Pt.2, Eat the Love Pt.3, Epicurean in DC, Fab Over Fifty, Fit Bottomed Eats, Food52, Food52 (gifts), Food Fanatics, Food in Jars, Foodista, For the Love Of, For the Love of Sweeties, Gear Patrol, Glorious Treats, Green Vegan Living, Hey Eleanor!, Hola Jalpeno, Huffington Post (Julie R. Thompson), Huffington Post (Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen), Huffington Post (Jamie Schler), Hummingbird High, It’s Got Vegan In It, Jump, Jive and Kale, Kitchen Daily, The Kitchn, Evan Kleiman, Library Journal (best of 2014), Library Journal (general), Library Journal (baking), Library Journal (international), Little Island Studios, Louisiana Cookin’, Love & Lemons, Mad Rantings of Andrew’s Mom, Make It Better, Manhattan User’s Guide, Meatless Monday, Gail Monaghan, Mother Jones, Mother Jones (food writing), My Gluten-free Kitchen, Nourished Kitchen, Olives for Dinner, Pastry Chef Online, Pink Recipe Box, Plenteous Veg, Plenteous Veg (vegan holiday books), PopSugar, Punk Domestics, Remodelsita, Michael Ruhlman, Running With Tweezers, Sara by the Season, Saving for Someday, A Serious Bunburyist, Serious Eats, Shef’s Kitchen, Shelf Awareness, Shutterbean, Simple Bites, Spa Week Daily, Spoon Fork Bacon, StarChefs, Tastebook, Tasting Table, Tasting Table (spirits books), Tidy Mom, Turntable Kitchen, Urban Farm Junkies,, (gifts), Vegan Cookbooks Illustrated, The Wandering Eater, Wellness With Joanna, What’s Gaby Cooking, Will It Waffle, Andrew Zimmern

Canada: 49th Shelf, Anna + Kristina, Berg’s Bites, Food Bloggers Canada, Fox in the Kitchen, Gothic Epicures, Inside Vancouver, Kitchen Frolic, Post City Toronto, RecipeGeek, Urban Moms, Vegan Bananas, Welcome to Lucy’s Kitchen, Will Travel for Food

UK & Ireland: Babaduck (IE), Bespoke Menu Design, Big Spud, A Cup of Tea With Mrs B, Demuths Cookery School, Edible Ireland, The Flexitarian, Food.Edited, Good to Know Recipes (UK), The Good Web Guide, Great British Chefs (ambitious chefs), Great British Chefs (drinks), The Happy Foodie (best cookbooks), Homemade, I Love Cooking (IE), Kavey Eats, The Little Loaf, Love and a Licked Spoon, Ms Marmite Lover, MSN Food UK, Mumsnet, One Fab Day (IE), SheerLuxe, We Don’t Eat Anything With a Face

Australia & New Zealand: Booktopia, Decisive Cravings, Delicious Everyday, Gourmantic, Gourmet Chick, Lambs’ Ears & Honey, My Foxy Corner, Scribe & Spoon

Booksellers, Libraries & Book Awards

All the Best Fine Foods of Toronto, (cookbooks), (best gift books),,, The Andre Simon Awards (UK), Appetite for Books of Montreal, Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks of Vancouver, Barnes & Noble, Barnes & Noble (best blog-to-books), Barnes & Noble (conscious eating), Books for Cooks of London, Books for Cooks of Melbourne, The Book Larder of Seattle, Bookworld (Australia), Brookline Booksmith of Boston, Cook + Book of Arnhem, Netherlands, The Cookbook Stall of Philadelphia, Good Egg of Toronto, Good Reads, Green Apple Books of San Francisco, Indigo (Canada), Irish Book Awards, Kitchen Arts & Letters of New York, De Kookboekhandel of Amsterdam, Omnivore Books of San Francisco, Powell’s of Portland OR, Rabelais Books of Portland ME, Readings of Melbourne, Readings (best foodie trends books) of Melbourne, Scrumptious Reads of Brisbane


Sean Brock, Fran Costigan, Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman), Dorie Greenspan, Kimberley Hasslebrink, Diana Henry, Anna Olson, Rose Prince, Mairlyn Smith, John Waite