Each year, we have an inkling of which upcoming books will be most popular. But there are always surprises, usually the good kind, in which a few interesting titles break away from the pack. And 2022 was no exception.
We knew there would be intense interest in Via Carota, for instance: it's a beloved NYC restaurant. But after we arranged to have hundreds of copies of Noma 2.0 signed at the restaurant in Copenhagen—we'd been assured that Rene Redzepi would not be traveling to the US to promote the book—it seemed pretty darn likely that Noma 2.0 would be our best-selling book of the year. (And that was without predicting the restaurant’s closure).
Our customers voted otherwise, and Via Carota wound up as number one.
It's satisfying for us to see an indie publication like Mise Journal come in third. It's written with culinary professionals in mind, and it's the kind of specialty publication that we feel is our mission to offer. The journal was steadily popular throughout the year and really earned its place.
Like Philip Speer, who created Mise Journal, Eric Kim is a first-time author, and his Korean American was another book which arrived to a strong reception and just continued to appeal to people month after month.
And we were so lucky to participate in exciting events around the city, where we had books signed by authors like Andy Baraghani (The Union Square Greenmarket), Melissa Clark (The New York Times Food Festival), and Carla Hall (The NYC Wine & Food Festival). By partnering with the 92nd Street Y, we were able to arrange signing by Jacques Pepin and Deb Perelman.
We also have to tip our hat to our friends at Cherry Bombe magazine, who really helped us out with chances to sell books like Via Carota, Unreasonable Hospitality, and Delectable at their Cooks and Books event in November.One other delight was the success of Shichimi, a bold new food photography magazine from Japan. Its creator Kaoru Mitsui brought so many talented people together for the first issue, and we’re looking forward to something equally surprising when the next issue arrives sometime in 2023.