63 Best Selling Cookbooks & Kitchen Gift Ideas [2014]

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 two 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 2014. 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 2014

The Slanted Door

1. The Slanted Door: Modern Vietnamese Food by Charles Phan

2. Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten

3. Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck by Thug Kitchen

4. The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor by Gina Homolka

5. Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes to Make Anytime by Danielle Walker

6. Plenty More: Vibrant Vegetable Cooking from London’s Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi

7. Heritage by Sean Brock

8. Prune by Gabrielle Hamilton

9. How to Cook Everything Fast: A Better Way to Cook Great Food by Mark Bittman

10. Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere by Dorie Greenspan

11. The Baking Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum

12. The Paleo Kitchen: Finding Primal Joy in Modern Cooking by Juli Bauer

13. A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus: Menus and Stories by Renee Erickson and Jess Thomson

14. Bar Tartine: Techniques & Recipes by Cortney Burns and Nicolaus Balla

15. Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes by Dominique Ansel

16. How To Eataly: A Guide to Buying, Cooking, and Eating Italian Food by Eataly

17. Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home by Marcus Samuelsson

18. Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen: Learning to Cook with 65 Great Chefs and Over 100 Delicious Recipes by Dana Cowin

19. Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys by Steven Raichlen

20. Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line by Michael Gibney

James Beard 2014 Cookbook Award Winners


Cookbook of the Year: Historic Heston by Heston Blumenthal

American Cooking: The New Midwestern Table: 200 Heartland Recipes by Amy Thielen

Baking and Dessert: The Art of French Pastry by Jacquy Pfeiffer

Beverage: The Cocktail Lab: Unraveling the Mysteries of Flavor and Aroma in Drink, with Recipes Tony Conigliaro

Cooking From a Professional Point of View: Historic Heston by Heston Blumenthal

Focus on Health: Gluten-Free Girl Every Day by Shauna James Ahern

General Cooking: Smoke: New Firewood Cooking by Tim Byres

International: Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking by Fuchsia Dunlop

Photography: René Redzepi: A Work in Progress by René Redzepi

Reference and Scholarship: Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine One Plate at a Time by Adrian Miller

Single Subject: Culinary Birds: The Ultimate Poultry Cookbook by John Ash

Vegetable Focused and Vegetarian: Vegetable Literacy: Cooking and Gardening with Twelve Families from the Edible Plant Kingdom, with over 300 Deliciously Simple Recipes by Deborah Madison

Writing and Literature: Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss

Most Purchased Cookbooks of 2014 by Brown Eyed Baker Readers

The Perfect Scoop

1. The Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments

2. New England Soup Factory Cookbook: More Than 100 Recipes from the Nation’s Best Purveyor of Fine Soup

3. America’s Test Kitchen DIY Cookbook

4. 500 Soups: The Only Soup Compendium You’ll Ever Need

5. Williams-Sonoma Collection: Soup

6. Baked: New Frontiers in Baking

7. Seriously Delish: 150 Recipes for People Who Totally Love Food

8. Sweet Cream & Sugar Cones: 90 Recipes for Making Your Own Ice Cream and Frozen Treats from Bi-Rite Creamery

9. Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book

10. The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook

Amazon Best Selling Kitchen Items


1. Artisan Non-Stick Silcone Baking Mat Set (Bakeware)

2. Big Mouth Toys Ultimate Wine Bottle Glass (Barware)

3. Keurig K45 Elite Brewing System (Coffee, Tea & Espresso)

4. T-fal Signature Hard Anodized Oven Safe Nonstick Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator 15-Piece Cookware Set (Cookware)

5. Big Mouth Toys Ultimate Wine Bottle Glass (Glassware & Drinkware)

6. Happy Man Bottle Stopper (Home Brewing & Wine Making)

7. KitchenIQ Edge Grip 2 Stage Knife Sharpener (Kitchen Knives and Cutlery Accessories)

8. Artisan Non-Stick Silcone Baking Mat Set (Kitchen Utensils & Gadgets)

9. Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler (Small Appliances)

10. DecoBros K-cup Storage Drawer Holder for Keurig K-cup Coffee Pods (Storage & Organization)

Most Purchased Kitchen Items of 2014 by Brown Eyed Baker Readers

Tuvalu ice cream tub

1. Tovolo Glide-A-Scoop Ice Cream Tub

2. Norpro Cream Canoe Pan

3. Progressive Freezer Pop Maker

4. Le Creuset Petite Oval Au Gratin Dish

5. Norpro Stainless Steel Cannoli Forms

6. John Boos Block Board Cream with Beeswax

7. CIA Masters Collection Wire Cooling Rack

8. KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment

9. Taylor Candy and Deep Fry Stainless Steel Thermometer

10. Fat Diddio Oblong Tart Pan with Removable Bottom

What were some of your favorite cookbooks and kitchen toys of 2014?