The Piglet

The 2013 Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks!

By • January 11, 2013 • 68 Comments

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The Piglet is fast approaching...

Starting on Wednesday, February 6th, join us every weekday morning for a new matchup, judged by some of the biggest names in the food world and beyond!

Not familiar with the Piglet? It's our NCAA-style competition in which we seed the 16 best cookbooks from the past year into brackets and face them off. We pass each pair of books to our expert judges, they cook from the books and write up their decisions, and you get to weigh in with your yea or nay on each day's outcome until only one remains -- the 2013 Piglet winner. As a bonus this year, we'll be releasing one Piglet Community Pick each day -- judged by none other than our wonderful community -- until all ten are revealed.

And of course, you're invited to our much-anticipated Piglet party! We'll update you with details very soon.

Here's our fantastic panel of judges, who hail from all corners of food and media:

Adam Sachs, writer and contributing editor at Travel + Leisure and Bon Appetit
Nathan Williams, editor-and-chief of Kinfolk, and Julie Pointer, features editor at Kinfolk 
Chris Ying, editor-in-chief of Lucky Peach 
Meredith Erickson, cookbook author, and David McMillan and Frédéric Morin, cookbook authors, chefs, and owners of Joe Beef
Elizabeth Spiridakis, art director at Bon Appetit
Shauna and Danny Ahern, cookbook authors and bloggers at Gluten Free GIrl and the Chef 
Melissa Clark, cookbook author and writer for The New York Times 
Marco Canora, chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author
Kurt Andersen, novelist, host, and co-creator of Studio 360
James Oseland, editor-in-chief of Saveur 
Wylie Dufresne, chef and owner of wd~50 
Bryant Gumbel, television journalist and sportscaster
Danny Meyer, book author and restaurateur
Stanley Tucci, actor, writer, film producer, and film director
Fergus Henderson, London-based chef and restaurateur

Now what you've all been waiting for, the official list of contenders for the 2013 Piglet. Our official brackets are here -- you can download and print them out, fill in your predictions, and follow along with the competition!


Dirt Candy: A Cookbook: Flavor-Forward Food from the Upstart New York City Vegetarian Restaurant
Amanda Cohen


Beginnings: My Way to Start a Meal
Chris Cosentino


Burma: Rivers of Flavor
Naomi Duguid


Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream Book
Jake Godby, Sean Vahey, and Paolo Lucchesi


Small Plates & Sweet Treats: My Family’s Journey to Gluten-Free Cooking
Aran Goyoaga


Japanese Farm Food
Nancy Singleton Hachisu


Salt, Sugar, Smoke: How to Preserve Fruit, Vegetables, Meat, and Fish     
Diana Henry


Canal House Cooks Every Day
Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton


Bouchon Bakery Cookbook
Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel


Little Flower: Recipes from the Café
Christine Moore


Roots: The Definitive Compendium with More Than 225 Recipes
Diane Morgan


Asian Tofu: Discover the Best, Make Your Own, and Cook It at Home
Andrea Ngyuen


Jerusalem: A Cookbook
Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi


The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
Deb Perelman


Secrets of the Best Chefs: Recipes, Techniques, and Tricks from America's Greatest Cooks
Adam Roberts

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over 1 year ago Morgan Riggs

Asian Tofu without a doubt. Its a great cookbook, a wonderful learning tool, and a good read as well.

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over 1 year ago Carolyn Z

I vote for Japanese Farm Food and Bouchon Bakery!

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over 1 year ago Barbara Sheridan

We're cheering on LITTLE FLOWER! A marvelous book, and Bakery/Cafe in Pasadena, CA

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over 1 year ago Dina Moore-Tzouris

ottolenghi! ottolenghi!(I'm cheering). every recipe is devine. his meringues are the best in the world.

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over 1 year ago Dina Moore-Tzouris

sorry for the typo...not so divine.

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over 1 year ago raspberryeggplant

Definitely Dirt Candy. It's the only cookbook in my collection that I've read cover to cover, much less in one sitting. It's hilarious, honest, and most of all, enlightening and instructional.

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over 1 year ago Amberkaribe

I would choose Canal House Cooks. At the same time many excellent cookbooks.

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over 1 year ago bexcellent

Dirt Candy was my favorite cookbook that I haven't cooked from in a long time. I actually stayed up late reading it and laughing. I hope the judge appreciates the differentness as much as I did.

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over 1 year ago Jmolaei

It will be difficult job for the judges - so many great books to choose between. I'm glad you're featuring Diana Henry's latest. It's a great book!

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over 1 year ago Julie Martenson

I really think it is offensive for the chef to have a dead pig slung over her shoulder, and it certainly allienates a number of potential followers.

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over 1 year ago Mary F. Lee

I have to go with Jerusalem! It was a difficult decision, that's for sure!

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over 1 year ago Christy Schuchter Sharafinski

Roots by Diane Morgan. Awesome book! (Though in my heart, I'd say the Bouchon Bakery Cookbook should win because dessert ALWAYS wins! :)

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over 1 year ago Samantha Angela

I definitely think Jerusalem is going to win. It's all anyone talks about these days!

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over 1 year ago Kim O

I'm rooting for Jerusalem!

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over 1 year ago Brick Oven Chef

This is tough, going with The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook.

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over 1 year ago butterygoodness

Jerusalem FTW!

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over 1 year ago Drea29

Little Flower is a wonderful cookbook!! She serves up really delicious savories and sweets at her cafe. Easy to follow scrumptious recipes and beautiful photos. Great story too.

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over 1 year ago umhamzah

jerusalem all the way! great cookbook!

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over 1 year ago Cathalina

Agree. I'm really disturbed by the "Girl and Her Pig" photo. Really, did she have to sling the poor thing over her shoulders?!

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over 1 year ago dymnyno

Actually, I had to pick up a pig for a roast . It was surprisingly bloodless and no worse that a slab of bacon. I didn't look it in the eye, though.

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over 1 year ago paseo

It's deceased and I doubt that it cares

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over 1 year ago AngelaM-E

I agree, Cathalina. To pose for a picture like that seems disrespectful to the pig, but then again I'm a vegetarian and not her target audience anyway.

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over 1 year ago GenaCooks

I think it actually shows respect for the pig. For those of us who eat meat, it is important to be mindful of where the meat comes from and how animals are raised. It is disrespectful to purchase poorly raised meat and act like we believe it came from a styrofoam carton rather than an animal. Yet I also have to chime in with another hooray for Dirt Candy. It's awesome!

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over 1 year ago Matrish

Wow! I'm glad I'm not a real judge! All of these cookbooks are amazing. Can't wait until it starts!

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over 1 year ago Suzi jacuzzi

Have been on an absolute smitten kitchen cookbook tear for weeks now. Have not stopped making her recipes and so far have had all winners. Someone just must make the chocolate silk pie and tell me if that is not a winner- put a wee bit more salt in the crust than recipe calls for and watch people's eyes light up!,,