Rick Stein knocked off top spot by cat

The nation’s chart of best-selling non-fiction hardbacks is still dominated by cookery titles – but a tale about a cat has leapt into first place, overtaking a book by celebrity chef Rick Stein.

‘The World According to Bob’ by James Bowen has raced into the pole position previously held by Rick Stein’s ‘India: In Search of the Perfect Curry’.

The new number one, subtitled ‘The Further Adventures of One Man and His Street-Wise Cat’, is a sequel to ‘A Street Cat Named Bob’: the tale of a homeless man and his scarf-wearing feline friend, which captured the hearts of the nation and became a bestseller.

Rick Stein’s book ties in with his TV series ‘Rick Stein’s India’, which ends tomorrow (July 22) at 9pm on BBC2. Six 60-minute programmes followed his travels through the Indian sub-continent, to discover the origins of dishes, ingredients and spices.

Tomorrow night, Rick discovers a five-star hotel in Madurai employing local housewives to make genuine home-cooked dishes and enjoys Chettinad Chicken.

He also meets the India’s first ‘MasterChef ‘ winner in Lucknow. Finally reaching the end of his journey around India, Rick hosts a small gathering of friends at his cooking bungalow to reveal the outcome of his search for the perfect curry.

The author at number four is Mary Berry, the celebrated judge of BBC hit show ‘The Great British Bake Off’, with ‘Mary Berry’s Cookery Course: a step-by-step masterclass in home cooking’.

Gordon Ramsay is at number six with his ‘Ultimate Cookery Course’, followed by Jamie Oliver at number seven with ‘Jamie’s 15-Minute Meals’.

The ninth position is held by ‘Paul Hollywood’s Bread’, written by Paul Hollywood, the artisan baker and Mary’s fellow judge on ‘The Great British Bake Off’.

And at number ten is ‘The Hairy Bikers’ Great Curries’ by hirsute TV twosome Si King and Dave Myers.

This book chart is complied by Nielsen Bookscan TCM, which collates from over 6,500 outlets representing over 90% of retail book purchases in UK. It appeared in the July 21 issue of ‘The Mail on Sunday’s’ ‘Event’ magazine.

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