Monday, January 5, 2015

Best Cookbooks of 2014

Eat Your Books

... 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 326 lists there were 3,028 votes
  • 856 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.


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