Amazon's Search for the Best Food Book Cover of 2009


Amazon is holding their annual Best Book Covers of 2009 (you need an Amazon account to vote). In the "Cooking, Food, and Wine" category:

Ad Hoc at Home by Thomas Keller, designed by Leve
Momofuku by David Chang and Peter Meehan, designed by Marysarah Quinn
Fat of the Land by Langdon Cook, designed by Mayumi Thompson
Ratio by Michael Ruhlman, designed by Erich Hobbing
Rose's Heavenly Cakes by Rose Levy Beranbaum, designed by Vertigo Design
Baking by James Peterson, designed by Nancy Austin and Katy Brown

Amazon's nominees are all fine and deserving, but noticeably absent are some of our favorites book covers of the year: Phaidon's Coco, Sam Beall's The Blackberry Farm Cookbook, Robb Walsh's Sex, Death & Oysters, Hervé This' Building a Meal, David Lebovitz's The Sweet Life In Paris, and Heston Blumenthal's de-biggened The Fat Duck Cookbook. What other books should have been nominated?


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  1. DBSweeney

    Seriously? Rose's Heavenly Cakes? Great book, snoozefest cover. It looks like a lesser issue of Bon App or something.

  2. I agree...those (Amazon) are not the best covers in any aspect of books released in 2009. Lots left out. But oh well. What can you do?

  3. Jaina

    The cover isn't terribly impressive, but the "Blackberry" cookbook is one of the most beautiful cookbooks I've ever read. I'm also using a lot of recipes for my Thanksgiving meal!

  4. E.L.M.

    I like the cover of the This book in theory, but in practice that is some hell of weak Photoshoppery. The lighting and shadows on the egg/potato/meat are all totally different, the proportions are off, and they're what, just balancing on top of each other at a tangent point? Psh.

  5. OK, I'm biased, but I thought Simon & Schuster did a great job with my book "The Foie Gras Wars":

    Where's the duck love?

  6. Have you seen "Forking Fantastic! Put The Party Back In Dinner Party" ?

    Cover looks like crinkled butcher paper- lettering was done by hand and colored in, ripped up/partial photograph of people eating fried chicken....

  7. Spencer

    The fat of the land cover is interesting - especially if you've seen the album of the SAME NAME by the Prodigy,%20The%20-%20The%20Fat%20Of%20The%20Land%5CProdigy,%20The%20-%20The%20Fat%20Of%20The%20Land.jpg

    sorry about the massive link :>

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