Monday, February 1, 2016

Best selling cookbooks of 2015 - & more from Eat Your Books

January 2016
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Dear BookmanBeattie,

It's always hard to believe another year has passed, but 2016 is already a month old. We can't wait to see what's in store for the cookbook world this year. We're starting off by achieving another milestone: over 6,000 cookbooks indexed.

Last month we looked at the favorite cookbooks of 2015 from around the world; this month we're seeing which books were the top sellers for the year. It's always interesting to compare the "best of" list with the "best selling" one because there is surprisingly little overlap.

Whether you're sticking to your New Year's cooking resolutions or getting ready to make decadent treats for Valentine's Day, we hope your new year is off to a fantastic start.

The team at EatYourBooks

Over 6000 cookbooks indexed!
stack of books
We've reached another milestone, with over 6,000 cookbooks indexed on EYB. While that number may seem small compared to the 150,000+ books listed in the EYB Library, these books represents a significant portion of most member Bookshelves - an average of 78% for Premium members. Remember, if you have a favorite book that is not yet indexed, you can request to index it yourself - 35% of the books indexed since we started Member indexing in October 2011 have been done by EYB Members. (Thank you!)

Don't forget to add all of your books to your Bookshelf so we have a better idea of which books should be indexed next. Each unindexed book on your shelf earns a point in our indexing chart (and if you request that it be indexed, it gains another point). When a book receives enough points, it will be indexed. Once that happens, you will receive a notification email and recipes will be automatically added to your searches. But none of that can happen if we don’t know that you own the book!
Best selling cookbooks of 2015
bestsellers collage
Last month, we asked our friends at cookbook stores around the world to tell us their favorite books of 2015. Now we've asked them to report on their top sellers for last year. Comparing the lists from specialist stores in the USA to that for all US sales as reported by Nielsen, we see a completely different picture, because only 2 books -The Food Lab and Thug Kitchen - appear on both lists. Five of the 2015 bestsellers were also Top 10 books in 2014. See lists from the US, Canada, Australia, and Europe on the EYB blog.

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