Bucks’ best bak­ers have risen to the top

Suc­cess for Mary and Nadiya

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Qasim Per­acha qasim.per­acha@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @qasim­per­acha

THE fi­nal episode of The Great British Bake Off as we know it aired this Christ­mas on BBC One, bring­ing with it the end of dy­namic duo Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry.

Paul se­cured a £1.5 mil­lion, three-year con­tract when he agreed to shift to Chan­nel 4 with the show ear­lier this year, how­ever it may be Mary who has the last laugh.

This year’s food book sales have been topped by Buck­ing­hamshire’s trea­sure Mary Berry, with her cook­book, Mary’s Fool­proof Cook- ing, which re­leased in Jan­uary and has sold 228,142 copies.

Mean­while Paul Hollywood’s The Week­end Baker, re­leased in May, has sold just 9,000 copies.

Buck­ing­hamshire’s other Bake Off queen, Mil­ton Keynes’ Nadiya Hus­sain also charted well this year with two books in the top five. Nadiya’s Kitchen sold 31,095 copies, putting it in third place, fol­lowed by an­other of her books, Bake Me a Story which sold 24,858 and landed the fourth place.

Round­ing off the top five was an­other of Mary Berry’s books, Fam­ily Sun­day Lunches which only re­leased in Septem­ber, but has sold 20,984 copies al­ready.

Paul did have some con­so­la­tion, af­ter his 2014 book, British Bak­ing cracked the top 100 this year.

Recipe for suc­cess: Mary Berry and Nadiya Hus­sain, left

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