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Isa’s in Ur Times, Writin Good Books

Isa's very own floating head.

Isa’s very own floating head.

In our post-Planck media landscape, who else to bridge the “Vegan?” gap than Ms. Isa Chandra Moskowitz. She satisfied reporter Dwight Garner’s curiosity in this week’s Books section with her writing skills: Isa is somewhat-officially the best-selling vegan cookbook author in the world. I suspect she’ll be widening her lead come this fall with the debut of Veganomicon, a collaborative with Post Punk Kitchener Terry Hope Romero. It will be “the essential guide to mastering the art of vegan cooking.” The Times coverage is going to be almost as insane as the book!

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  1. Comment by

    Andrew Keese

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    I really don’t want to be a spoiler, but the problem with what ,The New York Times printed is that it is wrong. The author tries to play off the information as what the best-selling vegan cookbooks in the country are. They are, in fact, only the best-selling books on Vegan.com, a Web site owned by Eric Marcus. I do agree with you, though, Isa Chandra Moskowitz rocks. I thought no cookbook could top “How It All Vegan,” but “Vegan With a Vengence” did.

  2. Comment by

    susie

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    Andrew, a perusal of Amazon.com’s bestselling (vegan cookbook) list shows both of Isa’s books on top of the heap. Yeah, it’s not the (ahem) Times’ bestseller list, but it’s some convincing evidence, imho.

  3. Comment by

    Andrew Keese

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    The author said these are what the best selling vegan cookbooks in the country are. They are what Eric Marcus has sold the most of. The same goes for Amazon. Their list is what they sold. The fact is the Times was dishonest in how it presented its information. The simple remedy is to say, “Vegan.com’s best-selling list is …” or “Amazon.com’s best-selling list is …” and not get into what is the best-selling in the country. I don’t know how the Times comes up with their list, but I’m guessing that pubishing houses provide them with sales data.

  4. Comment by

    Jason Das

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    Andrew, you’re right that they’re wrong. But virtually all book bestseller lists are wrong. As the Times says: “Rankings reflect sales, for the week ended [date], at many thousands of venues where a wide range of general interest books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of independent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university, gift, supermarket, discount, department stores and newsstands.” That’s a far cry from actually counting each and every book that anybody paid money for.

    These may not be the best possible sources, but here’s some backgrounding from Slate and Midwest Book review. Any readers out there work in publishing and feel like chiming in?

  5. Comment by

    nybble

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    Veganomicon has to be the greatest name for a book I’ve ever heard of. Nice!

  6. Comment by

    ISA Info

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    The author said these are what the best selling vegan cookbooks in the country are. They are what Eric Marcus has sold the most of. The same goes for Amazon. Their list is what they sold. The fact is the Times was dishonest in how it presented its information.

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