Feb 21, 2019
Today is a jam-packed episode as I welcome back for her 2nd interview, Jenny Hartin, of The Cookbook Junkies and publicity director for Eat Your Books. Today in our conversation, Jenny and I discuss what’s on the horizon for cookbooks in 2019 and new books Jenny’s excited about including Gnocchi Solo Gnocchi and The New Pie. We also discuss the work done by Eat Your Books in their Best of the best cookbooks list for 2018, as well as the upcoming revision of the classic dessert cookbook The Last Course by Claudia Fleming, pastry chef at Gramercy Tavern. The Last Course, as a used book commands over $80/copy, so the new revision is highly anticipated as a way to access this classic book at a lower price point. Jenny and I also discuss cookbook award programs, including how books are submitted to these awards, and how the books are judged, and the method that Eat Your Books uses to look at book sales for their yearly cookbook popularity lists. One last topic we discuss is an article in the Washington Post about Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines. This book sold over 1M copies but didn’t make the “Best of 2018” list published by WashPo. How does this happen that over 1M people buy the book, and presumably like the book, but the WashPo doesn’t give it any kudos on their lists?
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