Best Cookbooks 2012

Cookbooks are the heaviest-circulating category in nonfiction, so we’ve put together an Excel file of the picks of 2012 — Best Cookbooks. We’ve also posted the covers on our Pinterest Board (feel free to copy it for your own virtual cookbook display).

Smitten Kitchen CookbookDeb Perelman, author of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, (RH/Knopf), one of two titles with the most picks (tied with the “bible of Latin American cuisine,” Gran Cocina Latina, W.W. Norton), is described by People magazine as “living the food-blogger’s dream.” She was able to quit her day job to focus on her blog and write a book. She’s now living an author’s dream, with features on radio and in newspapers, including NPR’s Morning Edition and the New York Times, a spot in the top five on the NYT Hardcover Advice & Misc. best seller list for the last six weeks and heavy holds in libraries.

After the jump, links to the major best 2012 cookbook lists to date: — Best Cookbooks of 2012 — Ten titles

The Washington Post — Top cookbooks of 2012 — Ten  titles

Amazon Editors — Top Ten Cookbooks

Library Journal Best Cookbooks — Five titles

Publishers Weekly — Four titles (in “Best Lifestyle”)

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