In 2016, the Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten was the best-selling cookbook author. Her Cooking for Jeffrey sold more than 400,000 copies in just three months after landing on shelves in October.
The rest of the chart contains a few familiar faces — The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond, celebrity chef/TV personality Anthony Bourdain and Thug Kitchen have topped this list in years prior — along with a handful of books tied to last year’s must-have gadgets; namely the Air Fryer, the Instant Pot and the Spiralizer.
We present to you the Publisher’s Weekly bestselling cookbooks for 2016.
1. Ina Garten: Cooking For Jeffrey; 405,599 copies sold
The Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten shares recipes and love stories from her 48-year marriage to her husband, Jeffrey.
Many of these recipes have been picked up along the way of the couple’s globe-trotting travels and perfected, alongside a few tried and true traditional dishes beloved by the Gartens and their very, very lucky dinner guests.
2. Chrissy Tiegen: Cravings; 276,326 copies sold
Celebrity chef and supermodel Chrissy Teigen checks the pretense at the door for this charming and down-to-earth cookbook, filled with junk food fare — Hawaiian pizza jalapeno poppers, anyone?
Those fan favorites feature alongside a few surprisingly exotic options like charred broccoli with garlic bread crumbs and some traditional Thai recipes passed down from her mother, Pepper.
3. Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook; 197,108 copies sold
The wildly popular website Thug Kitchen was founded for one reason: “to inspire people to eat some goddamn vegetables and adopt a healthier lifestyle.” In their first cookbook — colorfully subtitled “Eat Like You Give a F*ck” — Thug Kitchen offers more than 100 recipes for things like roasted beer and lime cauliflower tacos, pumpkin chili and grilled peach salsa.
As the book’s creators say, “No more ketchup and pizza counting as vegetables. No more drive-thru lines. No more avoiding the produce corner of the supermarket. Sh*t is about to get real.”
4. Ree Drummond: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime; 174,837 copies sold
Food Network personality and No. 1 bestselling author Ree Drummond — The Pioneer Woman — serves up more than 125 delicious dinners with a helping of Drummond’s signature down-home charm.
Beef stroganoff, chicken taco salad, pasta puttanesca, veggie chili, beef with snow peas and many, many more fill these full-color-pages along with step-by-step instructions.
5. Meredith Laurence: Air Fry Everything; 156,495 copies sold
The Blue Jean Chef Meredith Laurence brings this perfect companion cookbook to your new air fryer, letting you fry all your favorite foods with a fraction of the fat. Blooming onions, beer-battered onion rings, chicken wings, shrimp egg rolls, skinny fries, Parmesan chicken fingers, fish and “chips,” cherry chipotle chicken wings, crab cakes, coconut shrimp — the list goes on and on.
It’s more than appetizers and finger foods, though. Marinated ribeye steak with herb roasted mushrooms, honey mesquite pork chops, maple balsamic salmon, roasted vegetable stromboli and “inside-out” cheeseburgers are a few of this book’s entree options.
6. J. Kenji Lopez-Alt: The Food Lab; 150,930 copies sold
J. Kenji Lopez-Alt’s The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science takes a grand tour of cooking science explored through popular American dishes in full color. Lopez-Alt is the managing culinary director of SeriousEats.com and author of the James Beard Award-nominated column “The Food Lab,” so it’s safe to say he knows his stuff.
Hundreds of easy-to-make recipes are paired with the hard and soft science to teach you what to do — and why you’re doing it — when you get cooking.
7. Gina Homolka: Skinnytaste Fast and Slow; 135,156 copies sold
Gina Homolka of The Skinnytaste Cookbook shares this collection of 140 low-fat, high-nutrition recipes, both 30-minutes-or-less meals and simple slow cooker meals to set and simmer.
There’s breakfast — avocado toast five ways for those in a hurry, and slow cooker banana bread with chocolate swirls for those with time to spare; one-bowl meals like quinoa with shrimp and artichokes, soups, stews, chilis; and fish, seafood, tacos, poultry and meat, side dishes and desserts.
Recipes are sorted with icons indicating cooking time and are clearly marked vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, freezable and the like.
8. Laurel Randolph: The Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook; 123,632 copies sold
Are you obsessed with your Instant Pot electric pressure cooker?
If so, Laurel Randolph’s cookbook features more than 100 wholesome, no-hassle recipes, from breakfasts to soups and stews and everything in between.
9. Anthony Bourdain: Appetites; 122,699 copies sold
Celebrity chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain’s first cookbook in more than a decade runs down his 40 years of professional cooking and years of traveling the world for this collection of personal favorites — the dishes he cooks for family and friends when entertaining at home like, in his own words, a “psychotic, anally retentive, bad-tempered Ina Garten.”
Simple dishes — scrambled eggs, New England clam chowder, tuna salad — appear alongside fancier fare like Chicken Satay with Fake-Ass Spicy Peanut Sauce, lasagane Bolognese, Korean fried chicken, even duck rilletes, as well as personal essays — how to make the proper hamburger and what’s wrong with the club sandwich — filled with Bourdain’s caustic wit and casual profanity.
10. Ali Maffucci: Inspiralized; 104,408 copies sold
In the “definitive cookbook for using a spiralizer,” popular blogger Ali Maffucci offers up ways to turn 20-some fruits and vegetables “into delicious meals that look and taste just like your favorite indulgent originals” — zucchini into pesto spaghetti, sweet potatoes into fried rice, jicama into shoestring fries and more.
In addition to recipes for every meal of the day plus snacks, sides, appetizers and desserts, Maffucci shares her tips and tricks of the spiralizer.