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Top 5 Cookbook Trends We Wish Would End (Starting With Cookbook Trends)

We're Confused, Too
We're Confused, Too
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Much as we keep hearing how the publishing industry is struggling, cookbooks keep showing up on our desk by the dozens. Yes, we're delighted when those books involve Odd Bits, but not so much when they are yet another perky self-help book (Your going to feel great after cooking hundreds of pink cupcakes!) masquerading as a cookbook.

Without further cupcake delay, we offer our Top 5 Cookbook Trends We Wish Would End. Yeah, we're not holding our breath.

A Cake Mix Rum Cake By Any Other Name Is Still A Cake Mix Rum Cake
A Cake Mix Rum Cake By Any Other Name Is Still A Cake Mix Rum Cake
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5. The Food Trend of the Moment Cookbook: In the 1980s, it seemed that anything fat-free became the next cookbook darling, in the 1990s we had one too many of those "everything has to be a variation on the molten chocolate cake theme" baking book moments. The current cookbook trends we hope will end very soon? For starters, the idea that desserts with alcohol in them suddenly get a separate "boozy" baking category (sorry, but we still consider a rum cake simply a cake), and the astounding number of cupcakes books that still keep appearing at our office.

Let's Keep Those "Top Chef Just Desserts" Just On TV
Let's Keep Those "Top Chef Just Desserts" Just On TV
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4. The Reality Food Television Show Cookbook: Although we may like to watch the occasional episode of Iron Chef, the last thing we want to do is read about last year's Top Chef series via a really bad cookbook based on a television series (living in the past when it comes to live reality TV shows is never a wise idea). There is a reason that plenty of books are made into television miniseries or films, but rarely do you hear of the movie that later becomes a novel. Cookbook publishers, we can only hope, will soon abide by the same logic.

Worst Nightmare: A Diet Book With A Cupcake Cover
Worst Nightmare: A Diet Book With A Cupcake Cover
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3. Diet Cookbooks: OK, we know this is never going to happen, as there is too much money in diet cookbooks -- be they blatant Zone and Atkins type books, celebrity penned "lifestyle" books, or perky Skinny Bitch-type affairs. Call us crazy, but we buy a cookbook because we want to make something that tastes fantastic. Might that heirloom tomato salad with olive oil, fresh basil and a little burrata cheese qualify as healthy in the Mediterranean diet sense? Sure. But scream from the cookbook pages that it's healthy, and we're going to start out with a bad taste in our mouth.



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