CTB Signature Scoring Scale

We are happy to employ a signature scoring scale in our cookbook reviews.

This scale is a response to overly reductive systems employed by many other reviews. It is intended to capture the essence of what makes a cookbook. This approach is also built on the knowledge that one person’s best cookbook is likely the next person’s worst cookbook.

We hope our signature scoring scale guides you to making the right cookbook decisions.

Here is the current version of our scale:

Nigella ░░░░ Donna Hay Attractive, evocative writing versus simple and direct
Ottolenghi ░░░ Barefoot Contessa Elaborate or involved recipes versus quick and easy?
Mark Bittman ░░░ Ferran Adrià Can you cook the food every night or is it more specialist or obscure?
Gwyneth Paltrow ░░░ Nigel Slater Do you see photos of the author or photos of the food?
#KonMari ░░░ Rain on your wedding day And does it just spark joy?