Bestseller Stat Shot

Jerusalem: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi (Ten Speed) is the top-selling cookbook in the country, subverting the conventional wisdom that you need to have a TV show to have a bestselling cookbook. The book, which was published in October 2012, has become something of a phenomenon and has been on the upswing recently, thanks in part to prominent coverage in the New York Times, the proliferation of Jerusalem-themed dinner parties, and copious coverage online (Tablet: “Can the ‘Jerusalem’ Cookbook Bring About Peace?”). It’s sold just shy of 80,000 copies since its release, and 38,338 so far in 2013.

Week Ending Unit Sales
July 28 2,271
July 21 1,721
July 14 1,650
July 7 798

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