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Welcome to the beginning of this year's Piglet! First up: Community Picks. 

The Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks is almost here! Because we don't want to mess with success, we'll be keeping the same format as last year -- inspired by Food52 community suggestions and by the bumper crop of cookbooks out this year, we will be featuring a Community Pick on each day of the Piglet. And since you're the wonderful 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 cookbook in the comments, below (we're looking for up to 5 testers per book, so don't worry if someone else already claimed yours). The rest is simple: Get the book, test a few recipes by cooking a meal or two, and send us your reviews by Monday, January 20th to [email protected].

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! 

The Cowgirl Creamery Cookbook by Sue Conley and Peggy Smith



In The Charcuterie: The Fatted Calf's Guide to Making Sausage, Salumi, Pates, Roasts, Confits, and Other Meaty Goods 
by Taylor Boetticher and Toponia Miller



Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook by Rick Mast and Michael Mast 



Pok Pok: Food and Stories from the Streets, Homes, and Roadside Restaurants of Thailand
by Andy Ricker, with J.J. Goode



Coi: Stories and Recipes by Daniel Patterson



Modern Art Desserts: Recipes for Cakes, Cookies, Confections, and Frozen Treats Based on Iconic Works of Art
by Caitlin Freeman



Ivan Ramen: Love, Obsession, and Recipes from Tokyo's Most Unlikely Noodle Joint
by Ivan Orkin & Chris Ying



Sara Jenkins' New Italian Pantry by Sara Jenkins



Bakeless Sweets by Faith Durand 



Sorella: Recipes, Cocktails & True Stories from our New York Restaurant
by Emma Hearst & Sarah Krathen



Tartine Book No. 3: Modern Ancient Classic Whole by Chad Robertson



Homemade with Love: Simple Scratch Cooking from In Jennie's Kitchen by Jennifer Perillo  



Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing by Anya Von Bremzen



Le Pigeon: Cooking at the Dirty Bird 
by Gabriel Rucker, Meredith Erickson, Lauren Fortgang & Andrew Fortgang 

 

Manresa: An Edible Reflection
by David Kinch and Christine Muhlke  

 

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10 months ago Rob Lomax

First year that I've heard of this and intrigued as to how we at home can play along? Are we meant to have bought all the recipe books before the beginning of the event? Can you pick any recipe to recreate or does everyone follow the same selection of recipes?

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11 months ago Pamela Trefler

I sent my review in, on tie, why do I keep getting reminders????

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11 months ago Allyce

Any other slots left? Thanks!

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11 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

Just for Coi!

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11 months ago Allyce

Ill take Coi, Kenzi. Thanks!

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11 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

Great!

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11 months ago cookbookchick

Next year, Kenzi, could you give us a heads-up maybe the day before? I am on Food52 a lot, but had to be away from my electronics this morning so I missed the announcement and everything gets snapped up so quickly.

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11 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

We posted an update with a call for testers and an announcement of which books were still available just a bit ago -- and we try to bring attention to the process via twitter and other social platforms, too, but we'll definitely keep this in mind! Thanks for the feedback.

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11 months ago cookbookchick

Now I'm seeing old posts below -- how did I miss the original announcement?? Aack!

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11 months ago cookbookchick

Me for Coi, too, if a slot is still available.

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11 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

You got it!

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11 months ago cookbookchick

Wow! Okay, thanks, Kenzi!

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11 months ago Rose

Hello, are there any slots left to try recipes? I'd like to try the Sorella book or Homemade with Love...

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11 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

Hi there -- the only book available is Coi! These all went to fast! So sorry.

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11 months ago Rose

I can do Coi, no problem! Thank you very much!

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11 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

Great! Looking forward to your review.

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11 months ago Matt Murphy

Kenzi - I posted earlier and I just want to make sure that I am slotted in for Manresa and the Mast Brothers. Thanks!

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11 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

You are indeed!

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11 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

Update: The only books with slots left are Cowgirl Creamery, The Fatted Calf Cookbook, Coi, and The Art of Soviet Cooking. Thanks for your enthusiasm!

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11 months ago ChefCitron

Hi Kenzi, I posted earlier-- not sure if I'm down for 1 or 3 books... Just in case, and with surprise house guests this weekend, I'm hoping to keep Modern Art Desserts, and let others test Mast Chocolate or Cowgirl Creamery. Thanks!

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11 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

Thanks for letting me know! You're now marked down for just the one.

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11 months ago Leith Devine

I'll cook from Sorella, Homemade with Love, New Italian Pantry or whatever else is available....the Soviet book looks great too.

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11 months ago Carrie Piha

I'm up for trying Manresa or Homemade with Love if either are available!!

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11 months ago Sabrina

I would love to do Sorella or New Italian pantry, if possible

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11 months ago Christina

I would like to rwview Homemade with Love, but I just ordered from Amazon and it won't be delivered until 1/16. I'm not sure I can make the deadline, but I will try!

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11 months ago Ocean Park

Are there any openings left?

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11 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

Yes! We'll be posting an update post tomorrow morning detailing them. Which book are you interested in?

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12 months ago marcandanna

I'd love to do Sorella too if you still need someone!

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12 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

You've got it!

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12 months ago Kyla Nielsen

I'm interested in Ivan Raman if there are spots available.

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12 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

Sounds great.

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12 months ago Lisa

I will take Sorella if there aren't enough reviewers for it yet.

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12 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

Thanks so much -- looking forward to your review.

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about 1 year ago Jenn

I will take bakeless sweets.

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12 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

Lovely.