Are cookbooks taking over publishing?

Cookbooks are said to be the hottest category in trade publishing right now, but it’s probably a stretch to say they’re “taking over”. However, I wasted quite a bit of time creating the following (somewhat silly) table, counting the number of titles from various publishers/imprints I’ve acquired over the years. There are an awful lot of them, and a few you’d never expect — it seems that every trade publisher these days really does have to have a cookbook or two in their list to be considered “with it”. The publishers/imprints are shown with their current ownership, which is necessarily anachronistic given the consolidation in the industry over the past three decades. (I couldn’t use my library database for this because I don’t track subject categories in my database, and I only track publishers by ISBN prefix, not imprint.)

Parent Publisher Imprint # titles
Penguin Random House Crown Publishing Group Ten Speed Press 13
Clarkson Potter 5
Pam Krauss 1
Knopf Doubleday Alfred A. Knopf 4
Random House 1
Penguin USA Viking 1
Chronicle Books (dist. by Hachette) 12
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 11
La Martinière Group Abrams Stewart, Tabori & Chang 9
Lagardère Group Hachette Book Group USA Hyperion 1
Little, Brown 4
Grand Central Life & Style 1
Perseus Books Group Running Press 2
Octopus Publishing Group Mitchell Beazley 1
CBS Corp. Simon & Schuster Charles Scribner’s Sons 6
Simon & Schuster 1
W. W. Norton Countryman Press 4
W. W. Norton 3
Workman Publishing Group Artisan 4
Workman 2
News Corp HarperCollins Ecco 1
Harlequin 1
William Morrow 1
Phaidon Press 3
Harvard Common Press 2
Sasquatch Books 2
Bonnier Weldon Owen 2
Andrews McMeel Universal Andrews McMeel Publishing 1
Cedar Fort, Inc. Front Table 1
Rowman & Littlefield Globe Pequot Press 1
RCS MediaGroup S.p.A. Rizzoli International 1
Hearst Books 1
Garden Way 1
Prospect Park Books 1
John Wiley & Sons 1
Kyle Books 1
Gibbs Smith 1
Midway 1
Levin Associates 1
O’Reilly Media 1
Ryland Peters & Small 1
Boston Common Press LP (dba America’s Test Kitchen) 1
Prima 1
Interlink Books 1
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