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Here Are the 10 Top-Selling Cookbooks of 2014

Ina Garten, Ree Drummond, and Thug Kitchen land on top.

They might not be the most essential or the most critically acclaimed cookbooks of the year, but here's the Nielsen BookScan list of the top-selling cookbooks of 2014: As reported by Publishers Weekly, Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten landed in the number-one spot, with more than 512,000 copies sold of her ninth cookbook, Make It Ahead. Food Network personality/blogger Ree Drummond landed in second place, with her A Year of Holidays book selling more than 150,000 books in 2014. (Drummond had a great year overall, with two more of her books landing in the top 10, selling more than 400,000 copies altogether — last year, the self-proclaimed "Pioneer Woman" sold an eye-popping 670,000 cookbooks total.)

The eponymous cookbook by somewhat controversial blog Thug Kitchen came in third place, with nearly 150,000 copies sold since hitting store shelves in October 2014. The remainder of the list is populated by specialty diet books about Paleo and gluten-free cooking. Oh, and Miss Kay's Duck Commander Kitchen, a cookbook by Duck Dynasty matriarch Kay Robertson, landed at #10 with 85,000 copies sold, despite first hitting shelves in November 2013 (it was #2 on last year's best-selling cookbooks list). The complete list, below:

1. Make It Ahead by Ina Garten (Clarkson Potter)
2. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays by Ree Drummond (William Morrow) 
3. Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook (Rodale) 
4. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier by Ree Drummond (William Morrow) 
5. The Skinnytaste Cookbook by Gina Homolka (Clarkson Potter) 
6. Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle by Diane Sanfilippo (Victory Belt) 
7. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl by Ree Drummond (William Morrow)
8. Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great by Danielle Walker (Victory Belt)
9. The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook by America's Test Kitchen (Cook's Illustrated)
10. Miss Kay's Duck Commander Kitchen by Kay Robertson (Howard Books)

Meanwhile, New York City's independent bookstore Kitchen Arts & Letters has unveiled its own list of 2014 best-sellers, featuring more names familiar to Eater readers: Yotam Ottolenghi's Plenty More emerged as the year's top book, with Johnny Iuzzini's Sugar Rush and the shop's self-published The Chef Says following suit.

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