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The top 10 best selling cookbooks of 2013 so far.....

Firegoat Aug 21, 2013 05:57 AM


The list is led by Barefoot Contessa, followed by Bobby Deen. I have to say, of the entire list there is only one book I would consider purchasing. How about you?

  1. pamf Aug 21, 2013 11:04 AM

    I just finished reading "Cooked' by Michael Pollan. I would highly recommend it. It's not a cookbook, although he does include a few recipes at the end.

    It's an exploration of the role cooking has played in the development of civilization, the industrialization of food production in the modern day, and also an individual's own personal relationship to food and cooking.

    As for the rest of the list, no thanks.

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    1. re: pamf
      emily Aug 21, 2013 12:24 PM

      Agreed. I'm in the middle of reading Cooked. While I've liked a few of Ina's books, the rest of the list is a pass for me.

      1. re: pamf
        jpr54_1 Aug 25, 2013 03:15 PM

        I have enjoyed reading the book

      2. juliejulez Aug 21, 2013 12:02 PM

        Interesting most of them are diet cookbooks. I own Foolproof, and I'd probably buy the Pioneer Woman book as a gift for my SO's mom (I use her recipes online), but the rest don't really appeal to me.

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          sandylc Aug 21, 2013 12:14 PM

          I'd read Cooked. And the Forks Over Knives looks interesting.

          1. Candy Aug 21, 2013 01:25 PM

            The only book on that list that I would buy is Pollan's.

            1. Breadcrumbs Aug 21, 2013 05:10 PM

              I love Ina and have all her books, including this new one.

              Of the others, the Pollan book is the only one that may be of interest.

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              1. re: Breadcrumbs
                Candy Aug 21, 2013 05:14 PM

                I don't use Ina's recipes. She calls for extra large eggs and I don't use them. I'd have to buy them especially to make her recipes.

                1. re: Candy
                  Breadcrumbs Aug 21, 2013 05:28 PM

                  I always use large eggs in Ina's recipes. There is very little diiference in size, atnleast here in Canada where a Lg egg must weigh 56g and Extra Lg is 63g (0.24 oz difference)

                  1. re: Breadcrumbs
                    Candy Aug 24, 2013 08:08 AM

                    My father (who thought he was a great cook asked me why his and his wife's baking was almost always a flop, especially cakes and things like brownies. After questioning him about what recipe he was using, he confessed to using XL eggs. Well duh! The ratios were way off. Too much moisture. He always was a slow learner.

                  2. re: Candy
                    sandylc Aug 21, 2013 05:52 PM

                    Yeah, what's up with extra large eggs in recipes? I see this periodically and just scratch my head over it. If the person writing the recipes doesn't know that large eggs are the standard, what else don't they know?

                    1. re: sandylc
                      JoanN Aug 24, 2013 07:19 AM

                      Ina is infamous for, and pretty much alone in, calling for extra large eggs in her recipes. I’ve heard speculation that she does it on purpose as a way of branding her recipes. Since the ingredients can’t be copyrighted, this is her way of signaling that any recipe that calls for extra large eggs is one of hers.

                      1. re: JoanN
                        BangorDin Aug 24, 2013 09:47 AM

                        If true, putting her "brand" right in the actual ingredients is very clever, and I bet other cookbook cooks wish they thought of it too. I've just read that the big ones are the better buy for her.

                        1. re: BangorDin
                          sandylc Aug 24, 2013 10:41 AM

                          Because I'm sure she's on a strict budget - !!!!!

                      2. re: sandylc
                        BangorDin Aug 24, 2013 09:16 AM

                        In her Barefoot Contessa book it shows Ionoco farms as her egg source , I think she's been quoted as saying the extra large are a better buy. I've never had a problem, the "large" eggs I buy are always slightly different sizes anyway. Now if cookbooks would stop listing both unsalted butter AND salt in recipes!

                        1. re: BangorDin
                          JonParker Aug 24, 2013 10:30 AM

                          The problem is that there's no standard for how much salt is in salted butter. By calling for unsalted butter and adding salt yourself you can better control the amount you're using.

                          I've never had an Ina recipe fail me. If I want to know how to make a dish, I google the name and put "Ina" in front of it.

                          Edit: I just tried using that trick for a rabbit I have in the freezer. Typing "Ina rabbit" into Google did NOT give me the results I was looking for.

                          1. re: JonParker
                            BangorDin Aug 24, 2013 10:41 AM

                            That got me curious, here's some info on how much salt is in butter(s).
                            http://www.chow.com/food-news/54962/h... I certainly agree Ina is very very reliable, for both successful and delicious recipes.
                            I did not know that salted butter keeps longer, but that makes sense.

                            1. re: JonParker
                              LulusMom Aug 25, 2013 01:36 PM

                              OK, so I laughed at this (because it is funny), and then thought I should google it myself to find out exactly what comes up. Oh boy.

                              1. re: LulusMom
                                JonParker Aug 25, 2013 09:44 PM

                                Yeah, really not what I was looking for.

                            2. re: BangorDin
                              sandylc Aug 24, 2013 10:43 AM

                              "Now if cookbooks would stop listing both unsalted butter AND salt in recipes!"

                              Unsalted butter is a better product - it's fresher and tastier.

                              Salted butters vary greatly in salt content and freshness.

                              Recipes usually need salt.


                          2. re: Candy
                            emily Aug 24, 2013 07:43 AM

                            Generally, you can substitute 1:1 until you get to about 4-5 eggs:

                            1. re: Candy
                              juliejulez Aug 25, 2013 02:47 PM

                              I just made her chocolate cake a few weeks ago and it turned out beautifully with large eggs.

                            2. re: Breadcrumbs
                              biondanonima Aug 21, 2013 05:40 PM

                              I use some of her recipes from online sources, but I've never felt a need to own one of her books. Nothing else on the list interests me in the slightest.

                            3. alliegator Aug 21, 2013 05:22 PM

                              Cooked is really the only one I could see myself buying. Lots of juicing on that list. Kinda seems like something you could figure out with your own grey matter, but I don't do it, so who knows?

                              1. Musie Aug 21, 2013 05:32 PM

                                I like Ina Garten's recipes, so I'd likely give that one a buy, and I'd have to give the others a quick browse through to see how tactile and enticing the book is, the exception being Wheat Belly, Bobby Deen and The juicing bible, they don't appeal to me at all.

                                1. geekmom Aug 21, 2013 05:42 PM

                                  I wouldn't buy any of them, or even pick them up if I saw them at the library (ok, I might glance at the PW book as I've read her blog off and on a few times over the years...). But then, I'm kind of used to my food and cooking interests being a little outside the norm, so I guess it doesn't surprise me.

                                  1. Ruthie789 Aug 21, 2013 05:52 PM

                                    The only book I would consider on that list is the one by the Barefoot Contessa.

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                                      rasputina Aug 22, 2013 05:08 AM

                                      I still couldn't find anything that says how they came up with the list. I even went to the Publisher's Weekly link in the article.

                                      I scan the Amazon best sellers cookbook list on almost a weekly basis and find it interesting that it's over populated with Paleo cookbooks and yet not one showed up on the list here.

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                                      1. re: rasputina
                                        Candy Aug 24, 2013 08:09 AM

                                        I noticed that yesterday. Paleo cookbooks abound.

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                                        ratgirlagogo Aug 25, 2013 07:10 AM

                                        Lists like this area always a reminder that people often buy books that they don't actually read, even though they intend to. All those diet cookbooks are like New Year's resolutions - you know they're not going to follow the diet in that cookbook any more than they did in the last dozen diet cookbooks they bought.

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                                          1. C. Hamster Aug 25, 2013 02:50 PM

                                            I have Cooked on my Kindle but like so many other titles, haven't started it. MP's books are fascinating.

                                            Of the others, I'd peek at Ina's despite the fact that she is wearing that damn purple scarf again! Does she ever take it off?

                                            The rest I'd never even open even if it were a gift.

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                                              wincountrygirl Aug 25, 2013 02:51 PM

                                              Wow, they've got to be kidding. I might buy the Ina book but probably not.

                                              1. k
                                                Kontxesi Aug 26, 2013 04:26 AM

                                                The Weight Watchers one made me laugh. I've glanced through their books when I'm at meetings, and they are a total waste of money.

                                                Their books are made for people who aren't comfortable enough in the kitchen to alter an existing recipe to fit their plan. Those same people then end up just buying SmartOnes or some other prepackaged, easy-to-calculate meal.

                                                I'm probably over-generalizing, but I have to wonder how many people who buy their books ever actually cook from them.

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