40 Bestselling Cookbook & Kitchen Gift Ideas

Every December I marvel at how much my cookbook and kitchen wish list has grown over the year. While I’ve undoubtedly bought things as the year went 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, new products announced, and suddenly I’m like a little kid huddled over the JCPenney Christmas catalog feverishly making a list for Santa. (I would love for someone like Amazon to put out an awesome Christmas catalog with grown-up toys, I loved that thing!) In an effort to help you narrow some things down, 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 toys. 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! Enjoy!


Amazon Best Cookbooks of 2011

1. Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking by Nathan Myhrvold

2. Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton


3. The Oxford Companion to Beer by Horst Dornbusch

4. The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook by America’s Test Kitchen

5. Essential Pepin: More Than 700 All-Time Favorites from My Life in Food by Jacques Pepin

6. Good Eats 3: The Later Years by Alton Brown

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

8. The Homesick Texan by Lisa Fain

9. Momofuku Milk Bar by Christina Tosi

10. Plenty: Vibrant Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi

Most Purchased Cookbooks of 2011 by Brown Eyed Baker Readers

1. Baked: New Frontiers in Baking by Renato Poliafito

2. The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz

3. Whoopie Pies: Dozens of Mix ’em, Match ’em, Eat ’em Up Recipes by Sarah Billingsley

4. Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented by Renato Poliafito

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

6. Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography & Styling by Helene Dujardin

7. Baking Illustrated by America’s Test Kitchen

8. Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan

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

10. The Bread Baker’s Apprentice by Peter Reinhart

Kitchen Toys

Best Selling Kitchen Items of 2011 (Amazon.com)

1. Wilton Easy Flex 3-Piece Silicone Spatula Set (Bakeware)

2. De’Longhi Espresso and Cappuccino Maker (Coffee, Tea & Espresso Appliances)

3. Lodge Logic 12-inch Cast Iron Skillet (Cookware)

4. The Original RedNek Wine Glass (Glassware & Drinkware)

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

6. Mercer Cutlery Genesis 6-Piece Knife Set with Tempered-Glass Block (Kitchen Knives & Cutlery Accessories)

7. Thermos Stainless King 16-Ounce Leak-Proof Travel Mug (Kitchen Storage & Organization)

8. Sipping Stones – Set of 9 Grey Whiskey Chilling Rocks (Kitchen Utensils & Gadgets)

9. Presto PopLite Hot Air Corn Popper (Small Appliances)

10. Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator (Wine Accessories)

Most Purchased Kitchen Items of 2011 by Brown Eyed Baker Readers

1. Wilton 4-Piece Football Cookie Cutter Set

2. KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment

3. Norpro Cannoli Forms, Set of 4

4. OXO Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer

5. T Shirt Cookie Cutter

6. Wilton Non-Stick 12-Cavity Whoopie Pie Pan

7. OXO Good Grips Medium Cookie Scoop

8. Progressive International Folding Mandoline Slicer

9. Wilton Excelle Elite 3-Tier Cooling Rack

10. Wilton Baby Theme Cookie Cutter 4-Piece Set

So tell me, what cookbooks or kitchen toys are you wishing for this year??

Happy Shopping! :)