The Piglet

Piglet Community Picks

By • December 12, 2013 • 116 Comments

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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5 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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6 months ago Pamela Trefler

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

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6 months ago Allyce

Any other slots left? Thanks!

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6 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

Just for Coi!

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6 months ago Allyce

Ill take Coi, Kenzi. Thanks!

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6 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

Great!

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6 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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6 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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6 months ago cookbookchick

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

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6 months ago cookbookchick

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

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6 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

You got it!

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6 months ago cookbookchick

Wow! Okay, thanks, Kenzi!

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6 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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6 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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6 months ago Rose

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

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6 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

Great! Looking forward to your review.

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6 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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6 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

You are indeed!

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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 months ago Carrie Piha

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

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7 months ago Sabrina

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

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7 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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7 months ago Ocean Park

Are there any openings left?

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7 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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7 months ago marcandanna

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

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7 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

You've got it!

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7 months ago Kyla Nielsen

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

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7 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

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Sounds great.

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7 months ago Lisa

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

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7 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

Thanks so much -- looking forward to your review.

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7 months ago Jenn

I will take bakeless sweets.

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7 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

Lovely.

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7 months ago petitbleu

Any spots left open for Mast Brothers cookbook? Would love to test that one!

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7 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

You're the last! Congrats.

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7 months ago Jenn

I would love to do a review: Ivan Ramen or Bakeless Sweets.

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7 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

Both have spots! Do you have a preference?

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7 months ago Jenn

Baseless Sweets would be my preference. Sorry for the double post.

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7 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

No problem! I've marked you down -- thanks!

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7 months ago maudia lanzotti

I am a librarian,do reviews for our newletter and buy for the cookbook section so of course I would love to do a review. Tartine, Sorella or New Italian Pantry, please!

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7 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

Tartine is full, but the others aren't! Which would you like?

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7 months ago Smelky

I'd like to give Le Pigeon a go, if you still need reviewers!

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7 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

Great!

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7 months ago Jamie E.

I would love to test drive Homemade with Love if you still need reviewers.

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7 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

Consider yourself the 5th and final tester for that book. Hooray!

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7 months ago Jamie E.

Hooray indeed! Thanks, Kenzi!

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7 months ago Matt Murphy

I would love to do Mast Brothers and Manresa. This is going to be awesome! Cannot wait to get in the kitchen with these two beautiful books.

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7 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

Great! Currently, these are the books that are full: The Art of Soviet Cooking, Pok Pok, Tartine 3, and Cowgirl Creamery.

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7 months ago KellyinToronto

I would love to test drive Manresa - I'm hoping that Santa will leave it for me under the tree. I already own Ivan Ramen and I will be happy to submit my review for that one too!

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7 months ago Jacob K Thomas

I'm in for Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook. Looks like something I would have fun with.

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7 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

Thanks to those who have signed up as testers so far! Currently, Pok Pok is the only book with 5 testers -- the rest are fair game!

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7 months ago sel et poivre

Hi Kenzi, re-reading the comments below, I've noticed that there are 6 of us who would love to test pok pok (instead of 5). Which one of us are in? Thanks.

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7 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

Yes -- you're right! The 6th snuck in on us; we miscounted initially, so we've decided to take 6 testers for Pok Pok. You're all in!

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7 months ago Martine Rothstein

Good Lord they all sound wonderful. Here is in preference order based on desire and experience.
Ivan ramen, popk pok, manresa, in the charcuterie, mastering the art.....

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7 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

Would you like to be a tester for Ivan ramen? Pok pok is now full!

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7 months ago christina@afroditeskitchen

I've noticed that Cypriot and Soviet food sometimes overlap - would LOVE to explore Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking.

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7 months ago amyc

Happy to do Tartine 3 and/or Le Pigeon.

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7 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

Let us know which and we'll mark you down!

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7 months ago amyc

Tartine 3. I know that I already love the salted chocolate rye cookies!

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7 months ago Lisa Sue

New Italian Pantry would be my pick. I would enjoy cooking, eating, and reviewing from that cookbook.

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7 months ago edamame2003

I'd love to test from Manresa and Pok Pok!

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7 months ago Mihaela

I would love to test Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking - I am writing my dissertation on the literature of the period, so this could also count as research!

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7 months ago DeesJournal

Sorella: Recipes, Cocktails & True Stories from our New York Restaurant please!

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7 months ago marcandanna

The AOC Cookbook by Suzanne Goin would be my pick! :D

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7 months ago sxtwo

I'd love to review and have an excuse to cook from HOMEMADE WITH LOVE!

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7 months ago dayna

may i test 'in the charcuterie'?

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7 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

Of course!

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7 months ago Jamie E.

I would love to test Ivan Ramen.

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7 months ago ChefCitron

If I must choose just one...
Modern Art Desserts
(then Mast, then Cowgirl)
Thanks!

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7 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

If you'd like all three -- they're yours!

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7 months ago ChefCitron

I'm in! Thanks!

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7 months ago Gret

How do you pick the cookbooks? Wish you had picked "The Chew". It's a more complete cookbook, especially for families & everyday yummy cooking!

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7 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

We sit down as a panel and carefully consider all of the books of note published in 2013. Thanks for the suggestion!

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7 months ago Janay

I'd love to test Pok Pok.

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7 months ago Sauertea

I would do Tartine 3

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7 months ago ChefCitron

I'll happily test:
Cowgirl Creamery
Mast Brothers
Modern Art Desserts

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7 months ago bantae

Pol Pok and Le Pigeon please

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7 months ago Johannah

I'd love to test Modern Art Desserts!

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7 months ago Laura

Would love to test Tartine 3 please. Thanks.

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7 months ago luvcookbooks

Meg is a trusted home cook.

New Italian Pantry please

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7 months ago sel et poivre

Would love to test Pok Pok. Thanks

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7 months ago Annie Berrol

I meant, Soviet Cooking for me, please!

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7 months ago Annie Berrol

so iet cooking for me! please!

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7 months ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Glad to see a couple of Portland cook books in the mix! I had a blast testing last year.

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7 months ago SuzanneS

Would love to do Soviet Cooking, please!

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7 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

Everyone who has commented so far is signed up for their book! Thanks all.

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7 months ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

I would like to test Tartine 3.

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7 months ago mblossom

I would like to test Cowgirl Creamery Cooks. I love the Piglet!

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7 months ago Pamela Trefler

I would like to test the Pok Pok cookbook, I own it and love it!

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7 months ago Belle Année

We'd love to test Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking. The cuisine is different from what we normally cook, so a great way to step out of our comfort zone. Thanks for the opportunity!

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7 months ago mjsauer89

I'd love to test New Italian Pantry.

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7 months ago Molly Bakelette

I would love to test tartine!

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7 months ago StaceyMoreno

I would love to check out Tartine or Bakeless Sweets!

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7 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

Great! Just let us know which and we'll put you down for one.

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7 months ago StaceyMoreno

How about Tartine. Thanks!

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7 months ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I will test Ivan Ramen, K?

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7 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

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Perfect.

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7 months ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

is Sara Jenkins in iBook only?

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7 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

Yes, that's right!

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7 months ago healthierkitchen

unfortunately, I don't have an ipad! Love Sara Jenkins recipes!

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7 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

Thanks all! Keep 'em coming!

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7 months ago snowcitygirl

I would absolutely love to test the Modern Art Desserts cookbook by Caitlin Freeman. It combines two of my biggest loves: food and art!

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7 months ago Chef Tara

Would love to test the Mast Brothers cookbook

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7 months ago Melissa

Dined at Pok Pok for the first time this year and it was fabulous. I would love to test (and taste) some of Andy Ricker's recipes.

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7 months ago dymnyno

I would love to test The Cowgirl Creamery cookbook. I am a huge fan and have been "testing" their products from their beginnings years ago.

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7 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

All of these are noted! Thanks so much.

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7 months ago Bevi

I would love to test Homemade with Love, by Jennie Perillo.

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7 months ago easantillo

I, too, would love to review Cowgirl Creamery Cooks. I've been meaning to get a copy since the Cowgirls spent a week on Food52!

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7 months ago Natalie

I would love to test out Bakeless Sweets by Faith Durand. Being that I'm oven-less (have been for a few months) and want to cut down on sugar (major sweet tooth), Bakeless Sweets is the perfect solution for my problems :)

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7 months ago Karie Micklem

I would LOVE to try out Cowgirl Creamery Cooks!

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7 months ago cookinginvictoria

So excited that it's almost Piglet time! And I am thrilled that there will be Community Picks again. I would love to test Homemade With Love.

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7 months ago beetsandbluecheese.com

Jennifer Perillo sounds like a girl after my own heart. I'd be happy to review Homemade with Love: Simple Scratch Cooking from In Jennie's Kitchen.