Fifty Shades of Chicken, anyone?

What cookbooks were hot in February

Photograph by Jessica Darmanin

Every month, Toronto’s Cookbook Store manager Alison Fryer shares their bestsellers list with us. The February top-sellers, says Fryer, may have been partially determined by both Valentine’s Day and Family Day, with Nigella Lawson’s ode to Italy coming out near the top and Fifty Shades of Chicken making an appearance in the no. 10 spot. Plus, she says, “French, vegetarian, quick and one-pot [cookbooks] all resonate this month as we hunkered down in the kitchen during a wild month of winter weather.”  And the fascination for food journal writing continues not only with the “much-hyped latest issue of Lucky Peach coming in at no. 1, but also with the third issue of Toronto-based ACQTaste, which quietly hit the list this month.” Fryer also recommends the Spanish So Good magazine for those that love pastries, desserts and incredible food photography. Although it’s not a magazine in the traditional sense, ” it is the go-to publication for pastry chefs.”


1. Lucky Peach issue #6, edited by David Chang and Peter Meehan

2. Nigellissima, by Nigella Lawson (read our interview and watch our video with Lawson here)

3. Jerusalem, by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

4. For the Love of Soup, by Jeanelle Mitchell

5. ACQTaste, edited by Chuch Ortiz

6. So Good Magazine issue #9

7. Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals, by Jamie Oliver

8. One Pot French, by JP Challet

9. Dirt Candy by Cohen, by Dunlavey & Hendrix

10. Fifty Shades of Chicken, by FL Fowler

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