The Cookbook Store’s March bestsellers

Plus, their bestseller list from 30 years ago--when the store first opened
Alison Fryer
The Cookbook Store's Allison Fryer (Photograph by Jessica Darmanin)

International flavour rules the roost this month, with the beautifully designed Polpo–from the London, U.K. restaurant–taking the number 1 spot.

We thought we’d look back to our bestseller list from our first month way back in April 1983–that’s right, The Cookbook Store turns 30 this year. You’ll recognize most, if not all, of these titles. Needless to say, everyone was making Chicken Marbella from The Silver Palate Cookbook, helping it to become an iconic dish.

March, 2013

  1. Polpo, by Russell Norman
  2. Nigelissima, by Nigella Lawson
  3. Jerusalem, by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi
  4. Pati’s Mexican Table, by Pati Jinich
  5. Clueless in the Kitchen, by Evelyn Raab
  6. Plenty, by Yotam Ottolenghi
  7. Full of Flavor, by Maria Elia
  8. The Smitten Kitchen, by Deb Perelman
  9. The Art of the Restaurateur, by Nick Ladner
  10. The Flavor Bible, by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg

 Spring/Summer, 1983

  1. The Silver Palate Cookbook, by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins
  2. Entertaining, by Martha Stewart
  3. Soho Charcuterie, by Francine Scherer & Madeline Poley
  4. Muffin Mania, by Cathy Prange and Joan Pauli
  5. New York Times 60-Minute Gourmet, by Pierre Franey
  6. Fare for Friends, by The Fare for Friends Foundation