50 Best Selling Cookbooks & Kitchen Gift Ideas

Every December I marvel at how much my cookbook and kitchen wish list has grown over the year. While I buy things as the year goes on, more things go on my list than come off of it. Then the end-of-year lists come out with best sellers, editors picks, and new products… suddenly I’m like a little kid huddled over the JCPenney Christmas catalog feverishly making a list for Santa. In an effort to help you narrow down what to add to your list, this is the first of three gift guides that I’ll be putting together for you this holiday season, each with a slightly different theme. This one is a roundup of some of the bestselling and highest rated cookbooks and kitchen items in 2012. Maybe you’re shopping for others that love to spend time in the kitchen, or you’re putting together your own wish list… either way I guarantee you’ll find lots of new ideas in the way of cookbooks and things to play with in the kitchen!

Amazon Best Cookbooks of 2012

1. Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust by Ina Garten

2. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman

3. Modernist Cuisine at Home by Nathan Myhrvold

4. Bouchon Bakery by Thomas Keller

5. Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle by Diane Sanfilippo

6. Jerusalem: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

7. True Food: Seasonal, Sustainable, Simple, Pure by Andrew Weil

8. The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook by Griffith Day and Cheryl Day

9. Burma: Rivers of Flavor by Naomi Duguid

10. Whole Larder Love: Grow Gather Hunt Cook by Rohan Anderson

James Beard 2012 Cookbook Award Winners

Cookbook of the Year: Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking by Nathan Myhrvold

American Cooking: A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen by Hugh Acheson

Baking and Dessert: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home by Jeni Britton Bauer

Beverage: Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes & Formulas by Brad Thomas Parsons

Cooking From a Professional Point of View: Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking by Nathan Myhrvold

General Cooking: Ruhlman’s Twenty by Michael Ruhlman

Focus on Health: Super Natural Every Day by Heidi Swanson

International: The Food of Morocco by Paula Wolfert

Single Subject: All About Roasting: A New Approach to a Classic Art by Molly Stevens

Most Purchased Cookbooks of 2012 by Brown Eyed Baker Readers

1. Baked: New Frontiers in Baking by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito

2. The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz

3. The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook by Lindsay Landis

4. The Bread Baker’s Apprentice by Peter Reinhart

5. Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito

6. Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book by Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield

7. Power Foods: 150 Delicious Recipes with the 38 Healthiest Ingredients by The Editors of Whole Living Magazine

8. Baking Illustrated by America’s Test Kitchen

9. New England Soup Factory Cookbook by Marjorie Druker and Clara Silverstein

10. The Best Soups and Stews by Cook’s Illustrated Magazine Editors

Amazon Best Selling Kitchen Items

1. Wilton Disposable 12-Inch Decorating Bags (Bakeware)

2. Corkcicle Classic Wine Chiller (Barware)

3. Keurig My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter (Coffee, Tea & Espresso)

4. Lodge Logic 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet (Cookware)

5. Libbey Craft Brew Sampler Clear Beer Glass Set (Glassware & Drinkware)

6. Mr. Beer Premium Gold Edition Beer Kit (Home Brewing & Wine Making)

7. Ginsu International Traditions 14-Piece Knife Set with Block (Kitchen Knives and Cutlery Accessories)

8. Wilton Easy Flex 3-Piece Silicone Spatula Set (Kitchen Utensils & Gadgets)

9. Cuisinart SmartStick Immersion Hand Blender (Small Appliances)

10. Thermos Stainless King 16-Ounce Food Jar (Storage & Organization)

Most Purchased Kitchen Items of 2012 by Brown Eyed Baker Readers

1. Progressive International Freezer Pop Maker with Wood Freezer Pop Sticks

2. Norpro Stainless Steel Cannoli Forms

3. Ateco 4-Piece Set of Standard Couplers

4. Wilton Disposable 12-Inch Decorating Bags

5. Wilton Cake Leveler

6. OXO Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer

7. KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment

8. John Boos Block Board Cream with Beeswax

9. Tovolo Star Ice Pop Molds

10. Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mat

What were some of your favorite cookbooks and kitchen toys of 2012?!