Top fifty 2021 books added to EYB Members Bookshelves

A member posted an interesting question after reading Jane’s top selling books of 2021: She wanted to know which books from 2021 were added to the most members’ bookshelves. (This was a great question and we’ll add this report to our yearly summaries in the future.)

I took an hour and went through the listing of 2021 books in our library and collected the data in a spreadsheet – the top fifty titles are set out below and reflect titles from around the globe.

It is no surprise that Ottolenghi is at the top of the list.

TitleBookshelves 
Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love1276
Simply Julia: 110 Easy Recipes for Healthy Comfort Food721
Cook This Book: Techniques That Teach and Recipes to Repeat567
Baking with Dorie: Sweet, Salty & Simple561
One: Pot, Pan, Planet543
Milk Street Tuesday Nights Mediterranean480
A Cook’s Book: The Essential Nigel Slater457
Ripe Figs: Recipes and Stories from Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus404
Grains for Every Season375
Zoë Bakes Cakes370
Together: Memorable Meals, Made Easy295
The Weekday Vegetarians288
That Sounds So Good: 100 Real-Life Recipes for Every Day of the Week284
The New York Times Cooking: No-Recipe Recipes281
Med: A Cookbook – Claudia Roden’s Mediterranean278
Jew-ish: A Cookbook: Reinvented Recipes from a Modern Mensch266
Grist255
Super Natural Simple: Whole-Food, Vegetarian Recipes for Real Life254
Vegetable Simple233
Mooncakes and Milk Bread232
The All-Purpose Baker’s Companion (Revised and Updated)230
Asian Green: Everyday Plant-Based Recipes Inspired by the East230
Cooking at Home:225
Cook Real Hawai’i225
Milk Street Vegetables223
My Shanghai: Recipes and Stories from a City on the Water217
Baking for the Holidays207
Honey & Co: Chasing Smoke: Cooking Over Fire Around the Levant199
Mister Jiu’s in Chinatown197
Rodney Scott’s World of BBQ189
The Essential New York Times Cookbook184
Colombiana: A Rediscovery of Recipes and Rituals from the Soul of Colombia176
Vegetarian Chinese Soul Food175
The Pepper Thai Cookbook175
Cravings: All Together: Recipes to Love172
Cookies: The New Classics172
À Table: Recipes for Cooking and Eating the French Way171
Once Upon a Chef167
Eat Better, Feel Better165
The Chicken Bible165
Crave: Recipes Arranged by Flavour, to Suit Your Mood and Appetite164
Everyone’s Table: Global Recipes for Modern Health163
Rick Stein at Home160
Joshua Weissman: An Unapologetic Cookbook160
An A-Z of Pasta: Stories, Shapes, Sauces, Recipes160
Italian American157
Advent: Festive German Bakes to Celebrate the Coming of Christmas157
The Korean Vegan Cookbook156
Pasta: The Spirit and Craft of Italy’s Greatest Food, with Recipes155
Everything I Love to Cook155

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10 Comments

  • averythingcooks  on  January 28, 2022

    Huge thanks for taking the time to do this list for us. I actually guessed several of the titles earlier today while waiting for the post….either from what I bought / received this year or from regularly reading member recipe comments.

  • Fyretigger  on  January 28, 2022

    Thank you for doing this. 🙂

  • Indio32  on  January 28, 2022

    A couple of surprises.

  • cjross  on  January 28, 2022

    Well, I contributed to the top three!

  • averythingcooks  on  January 28, 2022

    Hey cjross…I also checked that out – I was 4 of the top 6 🙂

  • leilx  on  January 29, 2022

    Thanks for posting this! It was an interesting read.

  • leilx  on  January 29, 2022

    I really appreciated the variety of books and that a number were from other places.

  • angrygreycat  on  January 29, 2022

    Wow – I only have one on this list. I have a few books from the same authors but not the particular book on the list. Food for thought, not sure what that says about my tastes 🙂

  • nova  on  January 30, 2022

    Many thanks for sharing the list! Very interesting!

  • exploringfood  on  February 4, 2022

    This is very interesting, but I’m guessing, by the relatively low numbers of purchases of some of these (relative to the number of EYB subscribers, whatever that number is) that multiple hundreds or even thousands of cookbook titles were added to our bookshelves over the past year. Another interesting number would be how many individual titles overall were added.

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