Why Delia is wrong about cooking the books

Ian Gavan

Delia Smith always gets the greatest of respect for what she says, to write about cooking. She is the Queen of the genre. Sorry Mary Berry.

But now she has suggested that as we can get all the recipes online, there is no need for cook books, and that there are already “too many”.

She says she can’t publish a new book in the foreseeable future.

However, if you look at the book of acts ” shelves are still groaning with shiny volumes. And we still buy them.

According to industry magazine the bookseller, which were sold in the last year, more food and drink, books, 8.7 million, than ever before. It was £90.3 m in the value of books, the second only up to the year 2010 in relation to the value of the books sold.

However, in the last month, Jamie Oliver has announced he’s closing the “Jamie” magazine, because the audience moves increasingly online. But his newest book, “Five ingredients”, is still flying off the shelves, with nearly 500,000 already sold.

It has already sold many of his earlier books, and is the best-selling book of the genre this year so far, according to the bookseller, the Nielsen book scan data used.

Customers, apparently, you want the words of other books about food, and Delia, to eat the author of so many books that we Bibles as a kitchen, have your.

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“It looks good at the moment,” says Kiera O’brien, data, and graphics editor at the bookseller. “There is no reason to believe it will fall of a cliff.”

The number of vegetarian and healthy food, the books we buy makes a decline in some traditional cookbooks.

On the other hand, Nigella Lawson, the more “indulgent” – style counter to this trend, to see a pick-up with her latest book, says Ms O’brien. At My table of only one month and has already sold 40,000 copies, she says.

Food and drink publications are so strong, the brand around the celebrity chefs and other personalities, says MS O’brien, you continue to appeal, year after year.

“People want someone they trust,” she says.

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So it seems that it is not we are clearing our recipe book shelf, despite the proliferation of online recipes – we take the internet into our kitchen habits.

A quick opinion poll of my own friends supports this.

“Recipes somehow feel more legit from a cooking book, rather than online,” says Susie.

But she admits that she usually only taking, if you are planning a dinner party. And uses the internet for “pulse bake”.

Mia says, if your daughter recently declared that she was vegan, and the family sat around the kitchen table and thumbing through recipe books for inspiration. Not something, what would you have done online.

But “five to seven, if you know you have a half hour to get dinner on the table”, it’s the internet, it is turning around.

Above all, a book not to go to sleep, turn blank, if you are up to the elbows in the cake mix, points from Lorraine.

I agree, my own smartphone has more suffered to endure buttery attacks, as it is designed.

So the internet is, so far, not yet entirely eaten book publishers’ lunch.

In fact, it is responsible for the feeding of the many new trends in physical sales, says MS O’brien.

Last year’s sales boom, largely on the popularity of Joe Wicks’ “Lean in 15” – trilogy. The fitness Trainer is an Instagram sensation was at first, before he signed a three-book, the first volume broke records for a debut cookbook, sold 1.2 million copies.

In front of him is Ella Mills online “clean eating” blog earned her a place on bookstore shelves.

And earlier this year, Henry Firth and Ian Theasby, vegan friends from Sheffield, tell a Facebook channel, to the people, like “eat more plants”, received a six-figure book deal by HarperCollins.

Delia ‘ s remarks were off-the-cuff about the dim prospects for the cookbooks after she was made a member of the order of the Companions of Honour, at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.

She probably has better things to do than to work, to scrambled eggs a new way. But in any case your recipes are available online, at any time. Keep a cloth at hand.How many have you sold so far this year?

Jamie Oliver: 5 Ingredients – Quick & Easy Food 493,523

Joe Wicks: Slim in 15 – layer plan 194,669

Mary Berry: Mary Berry Everyday 164,147

Joe Wicks: Slim in 15 – cooking for family and friends 148,696

Joe Wicks: Slim in 15 -Sustain-Plan 147,050

Joe Wicks: Slim in 15 -shape-Plan 117,298

Clare Bailey and Sarah Schenker: The 8-week blood sugar diet recipe book 84,563

Hairy Bikers:The Hairy Dieters Go Veggie 70,632

Nadiya Hussain: Nadiya’s British Food adventure 64,253

James Martin: James Martin, the French adventure 59,705