The Piglet

Piglet Community Picks

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The Piglet Cookbook Tournament is fast approaching, and this year, we're shaking things up a bit. Inspired both by suggestions from the Food52 community and by the amazing lot of cookbooks out this year, we will be featuring a Community Pick on each day of the Piglet. And since you're the community, we'll need your help in reviewing some of this year's most-loved cookbooks.

Want to get involved? Call dibs on your favorite in the comment section below (up to 5 testers per book, please), and the rest is simple: order your book, test out a few recipes, maybe cook a meal or two, and send us your reviews by January 30th. Reviews should be under 500 words and explain what you liked about the book, why the recipes worked (or didn't), and what sets the cookbook apart from others. Most importantly, make it a great read. Just like we do for our contests, we'll pick the best community review for each book and feature it on the site. Now get cooking -- and be sure to tell us all about it! 

Modernist Cuisine at Home by Nathan Myhrvold & Maxime Bilet

MCAH

Joy the Baker Cookbook:100 Simple and Comforting Recipes by Joy Wilson

Joy Baker

Cook Fight: 2 Cooks, 12 Challenges, 125 Recipes, an Epic Battle for Kitchen Dominance by Julia Moskin & Kim Severson  

Cook Fight

Afield: A Chef's Guide to Preparing and Cooking Wild Game and Fish by Jesse Griffiths

Afield

Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza by Ken Forkish

Flour Water Salt Yeast

The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee: Growing, Roasting, and Drinking, with Recipes by James Freeman, Caitlin Freeman & Tara Duggan

Blue Bottle

Faviken by Magnus Nilsson

The Art of Cooking Vegetables by Alain Passard 

vegetables

Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America by Maricel E. Presilla

Cran Cocina Latina

Ripe by Nigel Slater

Ripe

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about 1 year ago JadeTree

I sent mine in Tuesday night - did the attachment work?

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about 1 year ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Associate Editor of Food52.

I see it, yes.

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about 1 year ago Joanna Scutts

Me too - I hope you got it!

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about 1 year ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Associate Editor of Food52.

Yes!

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about 1 year ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Associate Editor of Food52.

Hi everyone! Just a reminder that all Community Picks reviews are due by tomorrow, January 30th, in order to be considered. Can't wait to read them all!

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about 1 year ago CamillaMMann

Emailed my review on Sunday. Can't wait to read what everyone else wrote!

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about 1 year ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Me too - Kenzi I sent from another email address and not sure I SIGNED it - I will send a follow-up email in a few to make sure you guys know that was me ...

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about 1 year ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Associate Editor of Food52.

Great, thank you both so much!

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over 1 year ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Associate Editor of Food52.

Hi all, since some of you have still been asking, I'm reposting my comment from below: We're full! Thanks everyone, we can't wait to read the reviews!

But by all means, please test if you like -- your takes will be welcome in the comments when we start releasing the reviews.

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over 1 year ago Paula Rossano

Will test anything....love to test Joy the Baker

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over 1 year ago Rachel Schoening 1

Are there any still available to test? I'm not choosy-

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over 1 year ago Lynne Faubert

Hi, guys. Super idea to get everyone involved in the Piglet. Don't mean to strain the process, but could you publish a list of confirmed contributors? I asked for Gran Cocina Latina when there was room (I think!), just wanted to make sure it's a go before I turn my family into guinea pigs, lol.

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over 1 year ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Associate Editor of Food52.

Someone asked this on the other thread, and this was my response: since this is operating just like Community Picks for a contest would, we're sticking with our guideline to keep reviewers private so that people will feel comfortable giving honest reviews. But yes, I have you down! Looking forward to the review.

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over 1 year ago Lynne Faubert

Cool, Kenzi, thx :)

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over 1 year ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Associate Editor of Food52.

We're full! Thanks everyone, we can't wait to read the reviews!

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over 1 year ago CamillaMMann

Kenzi, just wanted to make sure I'm reviewing Afield. When I asked if there was still room, you said 'yes'. But before I wrote that I'd take it, I saw your announcement that you're full. Please just let me know. Thanks!

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over 1 year ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Associate Editor of Food52.

Yes, you're in. Sorry for the confusion!

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over 1 year ago CamillaMMann

Thanks! Very excited.

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over 1 year ago Joel MacCharles

I'd take on Faviken if I had some leeway to alter ingredients if necessary (access could be a problem)...

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over 1 year ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Associate Editor of Food52.

UPDATE: We have one slot left for Afield, otherwise, everything is full. Thanks to everyone for taking part!

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over 1 year ago CamillaMMann

IS there still room for a review of Afield?

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over 1 year ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Associate Editor of Food52.

Yes!

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over 1 year ago CamillaMMann

I'll take it.

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over 1 year ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Associate Editor of Food52.

Blue bottle is now full!

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over 1 year ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Associate Editor of Food52.

New rule of thumb for book-claiming: if I haven't told you otherwise, consider yourself in! So excited to see so much enthusiasm for this.

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over 1 year ago There'sAlwaysPie

I will test out the Blue Bottle Cookbook if there is still availability..

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over 1 year ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Associate Editor of Food52.

You're in!

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over 1 year ago patinad

too bad! I'd totally be down for M.C but the cost-yikes!

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over 1 year ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Associate Editor of Food52.

Totally understand. Perhaps you have a library nearby with a super awesome food section?

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over 1 year ago patinad

oooh. They doooooooo. But it's OUT. dammit.

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over 1 year ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Associate Editor of Food52.

UPDATE: The only books with slots left are Faviken, Blue Bottle, Afield, and Modernist Cuisine. Happy testing!

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over 1 year ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Could you compile the 2 posts on Piglet Community Picks? Maybe also do an update showing the testers of each book? I just went through both posts and found the only books w/o the full allotment of testers are: Afield and Faviken. In addition several books have more than 5 dibs-callers: Flour Water Salt Yeast, Joy the Baker, Cook Fight, and Gran Cocina Latina.

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over 1 year ago cookbookchick

I agree! I signed up on the Update page, so I'm not sure whether I have an assignment. Thanks, HLA and Kenzi!

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over 1 year ago jenniebgood

yes - I signed up for Cook Fight but it must be on the other post.

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over 1 year ago jenniebgood

Agreed - I signed up for Cook Fight some time ago. Hope I'm down for that one.

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over 1 year ago patinad

I'd like to review Cook Fight if it's still available.

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over 1 year ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Associate Editor of Food52.

Apologies, this is full! See the update at the top of this thread for the books still available.

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over 1 year ago patinad

I'll take COOK FIGHT if it's still available.

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over 1 year ago EAng

I'm down for The Art of Cooking with Vegetables if it's still available!