60+ Best Selling Cookbooks & Kitchen Gift Ideas [2015]

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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 best selling 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 2015

The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science

1. The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

2. Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto by Aaron Franklin

3. Thug Kitchen Party Grub: For Social Motherf*ckers by Thug Kitchen

4. Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine by Madeline Puckette

5. NOPI: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi

6. The NoMad Cookbook by Daniel Humm & Will Guidara

7. Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking by Michael Solomonov & Steven Cook

8. Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Matrix: More Than 700 Simple Recipes and Techniques to Mix and Match for Endless Possibilities by Mark Bittman

9. The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All: Know Your Booze Before You Choose by Richard Betts

10. My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life by Ruth Reichl

11. The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook by America’s Test Kitchen

12. Maangchi’s Real Korean Cooking: Authentic Dishes for the Home Cook by Maangchi

13. V Is for Vegetables: Inspired Recipes & Techniques for Home Cooks — from Artichokes to Zucchini by Michael Anthony

14. Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind: Over 150 Paleo-Inspired Recipes for Every Craving by Vanessa Barajas

15. Peru: The Cookbook by Gastón Acurio

16. Rice, Noodle, Fish: Deep Travels Through Japan’s Food Culture by Matt Goulding

17. Made in India: Recipes from an Indian Family Kitchen by Meera Sodha

18. My Paleo Patisserie: An Artisan Approach to Grain Free Baking by Jenni Hulet

19. Benu by Corey Lee

20. Dinner Solved!: 100 Ingenious Recipes That Make the Whole Family Happy, Including You! by Katie Workman

James Beard 2015 Cookbook Award Winners

yucatán recipes from a culinary expedition

Cookbook of the Year: Yucatán: Recipes from a Culinary Expedition by David Sterling

American Cooking: Heritage by Sean Brock

Baking and Dessert: Flavor Flours: A New Way to Bake with Teff, Buckwheat, Sorghum, Other Whole & Ancient Grains, Nuts & Non-Wheat Flours by Alice Medrich

Beverage: Liquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail Dave Arnold

Cooking From a Professional Point of View: Bar Tartine: Techniques & Recipes by Cortney Burns & Nicolaus Balla

Focus on Health: Cooking Light Mad Delicious: The Science of Making Healthy Food Taste Amazing by Keith Schroeder

General Cooking: The Kitchn Cookbook: Recipes, Kitchens & Tips to Inspire Your Cooking by Sara Kate Gillingham & Faith Durand

International: Yucatán: Recipes from a Culinary Expedition by David Sterling

Photography: In Her Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from Grandmas Around the World by Gabriele Galimberti

Reference and Scholarship: Butchering Poultry, Rabbit, Lamb, Goat, and Pork: The Comprehensive Photographic Guide to Humane Slaughtering and Butchering by Adam Danforth

Single Subject: Bitter: A Taste of the World’s Most Dangerous Flavor, with Recipes by Jennifer McLagan

Vegetable Focused and Vegetarian: At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen: Celebrating the Art of Eating Well by Amy Chaplin

Writing and Literature: The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food by Dan Barber

Most Purchased Cookbooks of 2015 by Brown Eyed Baker Readers

The Whole30 Cookbook

1. The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom

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

3. The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor

4. America’s Test Kitchen DIY Cookbook

5. The Best Soups & Stews

6. Williams-Sonoma Collection: Soup

7. The Best Soups in the World

8. 500 Soups: The Only Soup Compendium You’ll Ever Need

9. Soup of the Day: 365 Recipes for Every Day of the Year

10. The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook

Amazon Best Selling Kitchen Items


1. AmazonBasics Silicone Baking Mat – 2 Pack (Bakeware)

2. Oster Electric Wine Bottle Opener (Barware)

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

4. Cuisinart 3-in-1 Stuffed Burger Press (Cookware)

5. YETI Rambler Tumbler (Glassware & Drinkware)

6. Etekcity Lasergrip Non-Contact Digital Laser IR Infrared Thermometer Temperature Gun (Home Brewing & Wine Making)

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

8. Smart Digital Meat Thermometer (Kitchen Utensils & Gadgets)

9. Instant Pot 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker (Small Appliances)

10. Rubbermaid Easy Find Lid Food Storage Container, 42-Piece Set (Storage & Organization)

Most Purchased Kitchen Items of 2015 by Brown Eyed Baker Readers


1. Fox Run Non-Stick 9-Inch Quiche Pan with Removable Bottom

2. Bakery Crafts Edible Rectangle Rice and Wafer Paper

3. John Boos Butcher Block Board Cream

4. John Boos Mystery Butcher Block Oil

5. Norpro Cream Canoe Pan With 9-Piece Decorating Set

6. Ateco 4-Piece Set of Standard Couplers

7. Norpro Stainless Steel Cannoli Forms, Set of 4

8. KitchenAid 2-Quart Ice Cream Maker Stand Mixer Attachment

9. Parrish Magic Line Round Aluminum Cake Pan

10. Wilton Non-Stick 12-Cavity Delectovals Cake Pan

What were some of your favorite cookbooks and kitchen toys of 2015?