It’s either a love of cooking (but watch the sweet stuff), or a love of Jamie, but of the six food related books in our Top 10 of 2014, three of them are by Jamie Oliver. Jamie’s  15 minute meals was our most popular non fiction book of year, with his  Save with Jamie and Jamie’s 30-minute meals fifth and sixth on the list (and for good measure Jamie’s Italy appears at #46).  Two books on the evils of sugar were also in the Top 10, while a Thermomix cookbook at #9 shows the cult of Thermomix is strong in Cockburn. Rhonda Byrne’s The secret, published in 2006, is still extremely popular finishing 2014 as our second most borrowed non fiction book of the year (she seems to know the secret of how to write a popular book). Lonely Planet’s Bali & Lombok travel guide’s third place finish shows that you still love holidaying in Bali.

  1. 15 minute meals / Jamie Oliver
  2. The secret / Rhonda Byrne
  3. Bali & Lombok / Ryan Ver Berkmoes
  4. I quit sugar : your complete 8-week detox program and cookbook / Sarah Wilson
  5. Save with Jamie / Jamie Oliver
  6. Jamie’s 30-minute meals / Jamie Oliver
  7. Write a winning job application : a guide to responding to selection criteria / Lloyd White
  8. Guinness world records 2013 : discover a world of new records
  9. Quick Fix in the Thermomix : Recipes by Alyce Alexandra / Alyce Alexandra
  10. Sweet poison : why sugar makes us fat / David Gillespie

Top 3 non fiction books of 2014

  1. Cockburn : the making of a community / Michael Berson
  2. The happiest refugee / Anh Do
  3. Guinness world records 2012
  4. In cold blood / Truman Capote
  5. Camping atlas of Western Australia / Colin Kerr
  6. I can see clearly now / Wayne W. Dyer
  7. Exploring Western Australia’s natural wonders : national, marine and regional parks / Samille Mitchell
  8. Guinness world records 2014
  9. iPad for seniors for dummies / Nancy Muir
  10. Save our sleep : a parents’ guide towards happy, sleeping babies from birth to two years / Tizzie Hall
  11. Cooking with quinoa : the supergrain / Rena Patten
  12. Eat, pray, love : one woman’s search for everything / Elizabeth Gilbert
  13. The sweet poison quit plan : how to kick the sugar habit and lose weight / David Gillespie
  14. Women’s stuff / Kaz Cooke
  15. Stanley Gibbons simplified catalogue, stamps of the world
  16. Grain brain : the surprising truth about wheat, carbs, and sugar–your brain’s silent killers / David Perlmutter
  17. Rich dad, poor dad : what the rich teach their kids about money– that the poor and middle class do not / Robert T. Kiyosaki
  18. 1000 great places to explore in Australia
  19. 1-2-3 magic / Thomas W. Phelan
  20. Call the midwife : a true story of the East End in the 1950s / Jennifer Worth
  21. IELTS success formula academic : the complete practical guide to a top IELTS score / Stephen Slater
  22. MYOB software for dummies / Veechi Curtis
  23. Opening the door of your heart : and other Buddhist tales of happiness / Ajahn Brahm
  24. Supercharged food : eat your way to good health / Lee Holmes
  25. The Little Veggie Patch Co. : how to grow food in small spaces / Fabian Capomolla
  26. The whole-brain child : 12 revolutionary strategies to nurture your child’s developing mind / Daniel J. Siegel
  27. IELTS preparation and practice : listening and speaking / Wendy Sahanaya
  28. Learn to play drums : a beginner’s guide to playing drums / Justin Scott
  29. Cambridge grammar for IELTS with answers : self-study grammar reference and practice / Diana Hopkins
  30. Breaking the habit of being yourself : how to lose your mind and create a new one / Joe Dispenza
  31. Design your home / Shaynna Blaze
  32. Digital SLR photography for dummies: eLearning kit / Mark Holmes
  33. French women don’t get facelifts : ageing with attitude / Mireille Guiliano
  34. Getting started in small business for dummies / Veechi Curtis
  35. Indonesia / Ryan Ver Berkmoes
  36. Jamie’s Italy / Jamie Oliver
  37. Law of attraction : the science of attracting more of what you want and less of what you don’t want / Michael J. Losier
  38. Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei / Simon Richmond
  39. Mindfulness 101 : the psychology and history of an excellent practice / Eric Harrison
  40. Simple Chinese cooking / Kylie Kwong