Wednesday, 24 December 2008

On the First Day of Christmas my True Love Gave to me...a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

The Independent recently reported that Jamie Oliver was beating Nigella Lawson in the battle for the best-selling cookbook this Christmas. Both were published on October 2nd this year.

His book, "Ministry Of Food", had out-sold its rival, "Nigella Christmas", by 200,000 copies at Waterstone's by sales figures on December 19th.

Last year, Lawson's "Nigella Express" took the Christmas crown, selling more than 600,000 copies to place "Jamie At Home" in second place.

However, the article reported that "Nigella Christmas" was a purely festive book whose appeal would strengthen as Christmas Day approached.

The View From Here spoke to Blackwell's in Edinburgh today, and they have to date sold a total of 22 copies of Nigella's latest book, compared to 14 of Jamie Oliver's. At the time of writing, Nigella is currently selling at number 4 on amazon's bestsellers list (updated hourly), compared to Jamie's place at number 10. Over at WH Smith, Nigella's at 16 and Jamie at number 8.

So it looks like the race isn't over yet.

If you are still looking for a great winter roast recipe, why not try out Jamie's Game Birds with Polenta, including Partridge.

Nigella Lawson: Nigella Christmas
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
ISBN-13: 978-0701183226

Jamie Oliver: The Ministry Of Food
Hardcover: 360 pages
Publisher: Michael Joseph
ISBN: 978-0718148621

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