Tri-state cooks in search of recipes are doing a little armchair traveling during their coronavirus downtime.
According to a survey to determine favorite cookbooks across the nation, a barbecue master in Texas, a pizza guru in Philadelphia and a baking virtuoso in New York City have written the resources that cooks in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama, respectively, are most likely to be reading.
Commissioned by home furnishings retailer Joybird.com, the survey found five favorites nationwide, based on Google Trends search data over a 12-month period. They are:
1. "From Crook to Cook" by rapper Snoop Dogg, whose kitchen skills have been on display over three seasons of "Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party" with lifestyle maven Martha Stewart.
2. "The Bread Bible" by Rose Levy Beranbaum, who's been described by The Washington Post as "obsessed" with "the minutiae of baking."
3. "Magnolia Table" by former HGTV star and lifestyle influencer Joanna Gaines.
4. "Pizza Camp" by Joe Beddia, whose Pizzeria Beddia was bestowed with "Best Pizza in America" honors by Bon Appetit magazine.
5. "The Plant Paradox Cookbook" by cardiac surgeon Steven Gundry.
In addition to making the national list, Beranbaum's "Bread Bible" is the top title for Alabama residents, and Beddia's "Pizza Camp" is the favorite among Georgians.
The Tennessee favorite heads west for "Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto" co-written by Aaron Franklin. The owner of Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas, was the first barbecue chef to receive, or even be nominated for, the prestigious James Beard Foundation Award.
"Even with the popularity of e-books and the recipes available all over the internet, nothing can replace flipping through the pages of a physical cookbook, finding new recipes to try and getting the book a little dirty in the kitchen. It's fun to see how the states and regions compare," said publicist Casey Porter.
In general, Porter said, Americans love a wide variety of cookbooks. Of the 100 cookbooks analyzed, 33 were the most popular in at least one state.
Analysts say that even in a digital-dominated world, when thousands of recipes are as close as a phone screen, cookbook sales remain strong. According to the last published data, cookbook sales for the first six months of 2018 were up 21% over the first half of 2017. Roughly 17.8 million cookbooks were sold in the United States in 2018, and 2019 sales were expected to eclipse that, according to NPD Bookscan research.
See the full study and more results at https://joybird.com/blog/most-popular-cookbooks-2020/.
3 pop-culture picks
As one of the favorite cookbooks in the nation, Snoop Dogg's "From Crook to Cook" doesn't need a push to popularity. Here are three one-offs we think deserve a closer look.
' "Binging With Babish": With 100 recipes re-created from favorite movies and TV shows, the cookbook is an offshoot of the YouTube cooking channel featuring American filmmaker Andrew Rea, aka Oliver Babish. Two to try: The Moistmaker Sandwich from "Friends" and "Chicken Shawarma" from "The Avengers."
' "The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook": Author Dinah Bucholz offers more than 150 "magical recipes" for muggles and wizards. Two to try: Hagrid's Rock Cakes and English Fried Eggs and a Gammon of Bacon.
' "The Goldbergs Cookbook": Seventy recipes from the recipe files of the real-life mom, Beverly Goldberg, portrayed in the ABC sitcom. Two to try: Big Tasty Pork and Bran Muffins To Help You Make.
Here are all the favorites by state and the District of Columbia.
* Alabama: "The Bread Bible"
* Arkansas: "Binging With Babish"
* Arizona: "How To Cook Everything"
* Arkansas: "Pizza Camp"
* California: "Trejo's Tacos"
* Colorado: "The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook"
* Connecticut: "From Crook to Cook"
* Delaware: "The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science"
* D.C. "Half Baked Harvest Super Simple"
* Florida: "The Plant Paradox Cookbook"
* Georgia: "Pizza Camp"
* Hawaii: "Thug Kitchen"
* Idaho: "Forks Over Knives"
* Illinois: "The Plant Paradox Cookbook"
* Indiana: "From Crook to Cook"
* Iowa: "Magnolia Table"
* Kansas: "The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day"
* Kentucky: "The Goldbergs Cookbook"
* Louisiana: "The Defined Dish"
* Maine: "The Blue Zones Kitchen"
* Maryland: "Tequila Mockingbird"
* Massachusetts: "Ottolenghi Simple: A Cookbook"
* Michigan: "Smoothie Project"
* Minnesota: "True Roots"
* Mississippi: "The Bread Bible"
* Missouri: "Fancy AF Cocktails"
* Montana: "The Ultimate Instant Pot Cookbook"
* Nebraska: "Magnolia Table, Volume 2"
* Nevada: "Pizza Camp"
* New Hampshire: "5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food"
* New Jersey: "True Roots"
* New Mexico: "Thug Kitchen"
* New York: "Pasta Grannies"
* North Carolina: "The Plant Paradox Cookbook"
* North Dakota: "From Crook to Cook"
* Ohio: "Fix It With Food"
* Oklahoma: "The Pioneer Woman Cooks"
* Oregon: "Tartine Bread"
* Pennsylvania: "Pasta Grannies"
* Rhode Island: "From Crook to Cook"
* South Carolina: "The Bread Bible"
* South Dakota: "Magnolia Table"
* Tennessee: "Franklin Barbecue"
* Texas: "The Defined Dish"
* Utah: "Magnolia Table"
* Vermont: "Joy of Cooking: 2019 Edition"
* Virginia: "Smoothie Project"
* Washington: "The Step-by-Step Instant Pot Cookbook"
* West Virginia: "The Blue Zones Kitchen"
* Wisconsin: "You Suck at Cooking"
* Wyoming: "Half Baked Harvest Super Simple"
At a glance
Tri-state favorite cookbooks, based on Google Trends search data over a 12-month period:
' Tennessee: "Franklin Barbecue" by Aaron Franklin and Jordan Mackay
' Georgia: "Pizza Camp" by Joe Beddia
' Alabama: "The Bread Bible" by Rose Levy Beranbaum