It's the time of year for lists, so not to be out done, here is our best seller list for 2012. We don't include sales from events but the sales are still reflective of who came to town in 2012. And what a year for visitors. From Gabrielle Hamilton in the Spring discussing Blood, Bones & Butter to meeting our long time favourite authors, Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi from London discussing their new book Jeruslaem, or the superb December launch for The Polish Country House Kitchen, (we are still recovering from the infused vodkas!).
We were delighted to meet and introduce new chefs to Toronto such as Magnus Nilsson who gave a passionate talk about Northern Sweden, and his restaurant Faviken. The premiere of the the documentary Mugaritz BSO with Chef Andoni Aduriz was another moment of art and creativity combining for a special evening. Chef Thomas Keller astounds us with his ability, not only in the kitchen, but to sign 1,000 books in about 40 minutes! All done with his special calligraphy pens. Such penmanship in this day and age of texting is refreshing.
2013 and will be a special year for us as we celebrate The Cookbook Store's 30th Anniversary. Yes, it's been a whirlwind 30 years; try to remember what you were doing in 1983, or were you even born!? We have lots of plans underway to celebrate this remarkable year with all of you, because without you, our customers, there would be no 30 year celebration.
So stay tuned we have lots in store for 2013.
BEST SELLERS FOR 2012
1. Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman
2. A Shortbread Sampler edited by Mary McGrath (Cad)
3. Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi
4. Canada's Favourite Recipes by Rose Murray & Elizabeth Baird (Cad)
5. Lucky Peach #3 by David Chang and Peter Meehan
6. Vegetarian's Complete Quinoa Cookbook: From the Ont Home Ec. Assoc. by Mairlyn Smith (Cad)
7. Mugaritz by Andoni Luis Aduriz
8. Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi
9. Fool #1 by Per-Anders and Lotta Jorgensen
10. Bouchon Bakery by Thomas Keller & and Sebastien Rouxel
Sugar Shack by Martin Picard