Favourites, and best-of lists can be interesting to look at. A recent list from the website 1000 Cookbooks has been written up in British and American newspapers.
The list, which purports to be a best-of international list in English, is a curious snapshot both of mass interest, but also of remarkable and massive culinary blindspots.
The contributing food experts to the survey appear to be primarily from England and the US. For “European” cookbooks, the focus is almost entirely (~ 95%) on French, British (largely English, with 1 Scottish and 2 Irish books included), and Italian books. A few Spanish books are listed along with 1 Greek, 1 Hungarian, 1 Danish (Noma) cookbook. It appears that almost every English-language book ever published on French cooking is included! The rest of western, central, and eastern Europe (most of Europe) is almost entirely absent. And there is some quite remarkable food in those areas.
In the “Americas” section, the focus is around 80% USA, perhaps15% Mexican, and 5% rest of the hemisphere!
I would have thought that at this point, with all our notions of globalization, our food experts would have a more international scope.