Monday, January 13, 2014

Ree Drummond Dominates 2013 Cookbook Sales

Ree Drummond aka The Pioneer Woman, dominated the cookbook sales for the year of 2013 with both her new cookbook and previously released cookbooks.  Despite not releasing her newest book, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays, until October 1st, the book was the top selling book of the year with 367,000 copies sold.

Ree also had the third best selling cookbook (190,000 copies) from her cookbook released in 2012 and the sixth best selling cookbook (113,000 copies) from her cookbook released back in 2009.  The total copies sold for all three cookbooks was 670,000.

Some other things of note from the 10 Best Selling Cookbooks of 2013:
  • Ina Garten had the 4th best selling cookbook, which was released in 2012
  • Giada De Laurentiis had the 8th best selling cookbook despite releasing it in November of 2013
  • Kay Robertson of Duck Dynasty had the 2nd best selling cookbook with 290,000 copies sold after a November 1, 2013 release date.  She sold 145,000 cookbooks per month vs. Ree Drummond's 122,333 per month, so that proves how popular Duck Dynasty is.  Maybe the Food Network should go after her for a new show instead of their attempts at "redneck programming" such as Bubba Q and The Shed.

The full Top Ten list courtesy of Eater and Nielsen is below:

Rank Book Author Copies Sold  Release Date
1 The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays Ree Drummond 367,000 October 2013
2 Miss Kay's Duck Commander Kitchen Kay Robertson 290,000 November 2013
3 The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier Ree Drummond 190,000 March 2012
4 Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust Ina Garten 174,000 October 2012
5 Wheat Belly Cookbook William Davis 127,000 December 2012
6 The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl Ree Drummond 113,000 October 2009
7 Jerusalem: A Cookbook Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi 109,000 October 2012
8 Giada's Feel Good Food Giada De Laurentiis 106,000 November 2013
9 Forks Over Knives — The Cookbook Del Sroufe 104,000 August 2012
10 Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation Michael Pollan 100,000 April 2013

Does anything on the list stand out to you?  With the amount of cookbooks released by Food Network related personalities this year, are you surprised some of those didn't make the list?


  1. On the bright side, Michael Pollan cracked the top ten...

  2. Better bright side! kate Gosselin's crookbook failed miserably. High Sodium Content recipes, inaccurate measurements, lifted recipes from other sources. She wants people to believe she is living off the profits of that book. She only sold 2K. Plus, she used her kids to help sell it by putting their pictures all over and even smearing sloppy joe sauce all over her son Joels mouth and chin and cheeks while he is fixing to take a bite of the recipe featured in the book called Very Sloppy Joels. How humiliating. He will be teased in school for this. I hope and pray he wasn't.

  3. Kate and Octomom really should duke it out in Thunderdome for the "worst mother" title. Joan Crawford can oversee the proceedings from beyond.

  4. Tell me again why she is a pioneer.

  5. I can't stand to watch her (Pioneer Woman) on TV. She was very popular on the internet long before her show. I think that's her forte, not television.

  6. I like her..Id rather watch her show than chopped cake wars or DDD any day

  7. Well i think what confuses people/what people forget is her how premise is based on her being a city girl marrying a farmer/rancher and having to reformat her whole cooking style to family style and living on a ranch.. i think when some people hear her talk theyre thrown off by her valley girl-ish voice and annoyed when she tries to sound like a farmer... i like her though. I find her a lot more genuine than many other food network stars whove had shows for years.