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The 20 Bestselling Cookbooks of 2013

Aug 23 2013 - 4:25am

Ina Garten, Michael Pollan, and Yotam Ottolenghi are household names in the food industry, which is why they're currently ranking on the list of the best-selling cookbooks of 2013 [1] — that is, the list ranks the number of purchases through July [2]. We've rounded the bunch up, including some not-so-surprising vegan and fresh juice cookbooks, and we want to know whether you want, own, or plan to skip them. Click on to see the complete list in order of bestsellers, and get ready to cook (or juice) your way to through the rest of the year!

— Additional reporting by Anna Monette Roberts

Barefoot Contessa Foolproof

No headline-dominating drama was needed [3] for Ina Garten to rule cookbook sales. Barefoot Contessa Foolproof [4] ($35) is a collection of easy, pleasing recipes for parties, and what home cook wouldn't want just that?

From Mama's Table to Mine

It appears Mama's mayhem only aided in Bobby Deen's cookbook sales. From Mama's Table to Mine [5] ($22) ranks second for its classic Southern comfort food recipes.

Wheat Belly Cookbook

It seems like every mother, neighbor, cousin, and friend is going gluten free, which is why the right cookbook ammo is in such high demand. Wheat Belly Cookbook [6] ($28) by William Davis covers healthy, wheat-free recipes of American classics.


Fans of The Omnivore's Dilemma [7] couldn't wait to get their hands on Michael Pollan's latest work. Cooking masters teach him how to transform food using the four classic elements — fire, water, air, and earth — in Cooked [8] ($28).

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier

Shucks, everybody loves this blogger, whose meals have been dubbed as "cowboy-approved." The recipes in The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier [9] ($30) by Ree Drummond are all about family-friendly comfort food.

Forks Over Knives — the Cookbook

The documentary, promoting a plant-based diet, must have stirred some serious movement because Forks Over Knives — the Cookbook [10] ($19) by Del Sroufe is No. 6 on the bestsellers list.

The Healthy Green Drink Diet

More and more people are forgoing fruit smoothies in favor of veggie-packed green smoothies! The Healthy Green Drink Diet [11] ($17) by Jason Manheim keeps your green routine fresh (and clean).

Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook

Americans are still watching what they eat (and tallying up the points too) with Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook [12] ($30). This edition features a bonus section of slow cooker recipes.

The Juicing Bible

If not green smoothies, it's all about fresh-pressed juices. The Juicing Bible [13] ($25) by Pat Crocker offers up recipes for juices and smoothies that make use of every fruit and vegetable you can think of.

Hungry Girl To The Max!

Brownies, pancakes, french fries? Hungry people everywhere (read: everyone) can find plenty of guilt-free indulgences, as promised by Hungry Girl to the Max! [14] ($28) by Lisa Lillien.

Weber's New Real Grilling

When a cookbook has "ultimate," "new," and "grilling," in the title, you know it'll be a hit with home cooks. Weber's New Real Grilling [15] ($25) by Jamie Purviance offers recipes for backyard grilling galore.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes From an Accidental Country Girl

She's blowin' up the blogging scene and cookbook sector. Get a slice of frontier life (quite literally) from The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes From an Accidental Country Girl [16] ($28) by Ree Drummond.

The Chew: Food. Life. Fun.

The ABC cooking show, The Chew, has enough celebrity stardom to make it a hit, even in its daytime TV slot. The Chew: Food. Life. Fun. [17] ($8) from The Chew kitchen promises over 100 easy recipes.


Even Martha Stewart [18] saw the need to capitalize on the vegetarian trend. Meatless [19] ($25) by Martha Stewart Living compiles over 200 colorful vegetarian recipes.

The Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook

Who doesn't want to know the secret to great health? According to Mark Hyman, it's The Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook [20] ($30), which features recipes free of sugars and processed foods.

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

Deb Perelman is a favorite in the blogger community for her divine recipes, all created in her teensy New York apartment, so it's no wonder that her first cookbook title, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook [21], ($35) is an instant hit.

Jerusalem: A Cookbook

Jerusalem: A Cookbook [22] ($35) by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi offers wow-worthy photos and recipes to capture this vibrant city.

The Science of Good Cooking

Cook's Illustrated breaks down the most essential cooking techniques in The Science of Good Cooking [23] ($40) so any home cook, no matter how novice, can master his or her kitchen.

VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00

New York Times writer Mark Bittman is a huge supporter of vegetarian and vegan eating, hence his new dining concept: VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 [24] ($26). Now flexitarians have a hipper, more abbreviated way of defining their diet.

The Drunken Botanist

New York Times bestseller Amy Stewart shows off her botanical expertise in The Drunken Botanist [25] ($20) that delves deep into the horticultural background behind many of the ingredients we imbibe.

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