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UPDATE: The 2014 Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks!

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The Piglet is almost here! See the full line-up of books and judges -- and score your own copies in Provisions to follow along -- below! 

Update: Official play now begins on Wednesday, February 12th. Get your brackets ready. 

The 2014 Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks from Food52

It's that time of year you've all been waiting for: Starting on Wednesday, February 12th, join us every weekday morning for a new cookbook match-up, judged by some of the biggest names in the food world and beyond.

If you're new to The Piglet, here's how it works: It's our NCAA-style tournament 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 on each day's outcome until only one remains -- the 2014 Piglet winner.

Just like last year, we'll be running Piglet Community Picks, in which our community members (yes you!) cook from our list of 2014 Community Pick nominations, and then deliver their judgments on the site each day. 

And we'd set aside a party outfit -- you're invited to the Piglet celebration at the very beginning of March. We'll update you with details very soon. 

Below is our fantastic panel of judges, who hail from all corners of food and media. For even more info, head to our 2014 Judges' page

David Chang, owner of Momofuku restaurants and co-founder of Lucky Peach
Aran Goyoaga, stylist, photographer, and blogger at Cannelle et Vanille
April Bloomfield, cookbook author, previous Piglet winner, and chef at The Spotted Pig
Josh Malina, actor and producer
Amanda Cohen, chef and owner of Dirt Candy
Tad Friend, staff writer for The New Yorker
Maxwell Ryan, writer; CEO and founder of Apartment Therapy
Kerry Diamond, editorial director of Cherry Bombe
Christina Tosi, chef, owner, and founder of Momofuku Milk Bar
Kat Kinsman, writer and managing editor of CNN's Eatocracy
Evan Hansen, senior editor at Medium
Tejal Rao, writer, cook, and senior editor at Saveur
Sam Sifton, writer, editor, and former restaurant critic for The New York Times
Brian Boitano, Olympic figure skater and cookbook author
Andrea Gentl, photographer, of Gentl and Hyers 
Nicholas Day, author and contributor to Slate and Food52
Liz Larkin, Food52er and purveyor of award-winning scones 
Emily Vikre, writer, contributor to Food52, food policy student, and co-owner of Vikre Distillery

And here's the official list of contenders for the 2014 Piglet. To add any one of these to your bookshelf, click the book title or image -- or head to The Piglet collection on Provisions! Our official brackets are here; you can download and print them out, fill in your predictions, and follow along.

Robicelli's: A Love Story, with Cupcakes
by Allison and Matt Robicelli


The New Persian Kitchen
by Louisa Shafia 



Family Table: Favorite Staff Meals from Our Restaurants to Your Home
by Michael Romano and Karen Stabiner



Vegetable Literacy
by Deborah Madison



Saving the Season
by Kevin West



The Art of Fermentation
by Sandor Ellix Katz



Notes from the Larder: A Kitchen Diary with Recipes
by Nigel Slater



Balaboosta

by Einat Admony

 

The A.O.C. Cookbook
by Suzanne Goin



Roberta's Cookbook
by Carlo Mirarchi, Brandon Hoy, Chris Parachini, and Katherine Wheelock 



The Art of Simple Food II
by Alice Waters 

 

Summerland: Recipes for Celebrating with Southern Hospitality
by Anne Stiles Quatrano



Whole-Grain Mornings
by Megan Gordon



Smoke and Pickles: Recipes and Stories from a New Southern Kitchen
by Edward Lee



Flour, Too
by Joanne Chang



Fresh Happy Tasty: An Adventure in 100 Recipes
by Jane Coxwell 

Photos by James Ransom 

Tags: the piglet, cookbooks, 2014, woohoo!

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2 months ago The Fiery Epicurean

I can't wait till the Piglet begins! It's something I look forward to every year and the lineup this year is amazing!

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2 months ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

How will the community members identified above be participating? I don't see any of them in the brackets. Thank you. ;o)

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2 months ago witloof

Really tickled that Tad Friend will be one of the judges.

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3 months ago CookOnTheFly

Thank God! A bracket I may finally understand, enjoy and maybe even excel at! My boyfriend will think I'm nuts, but I'll proudly post my Piglet Tournament brackets alongside my March Madness brackets on the fridge door!

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3 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Associate Editor of Food52.

Right? This is much more my language.

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3 months ago JadeTree

Love the Piglet!! And MrsLakin 4evah!! Amazing line-up of judges. I note that Mr Latte will be weighing in as well; it will be fun to see him outside of the New Yorker! Great collection of cookbooks. February is shaping up very nicely...

Mcs

3 months ago mcs3000

And yes, love to see one of my fav food52's - Liz Larkin - judging alongside the best chefs. #sconealert #piglet

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3 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Associate Editor of Food52.

#sconealert!!!

Mcs

3 months ago mcs3000

SQUEE!Love the judges + books, especially Megan Gordon's. GO, Megan!!

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3 months ago twinjadojo

Eeeeeeee! I am VERY excited for this. It's a book-off!

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3 months ago Phoenix Helix

Ooooh, you added some Food52 member judges this time around. Sweet!

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3 months ago Jordan

So excited! Ready to dig in.

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3 months ago SoupLady

Great lineup! Can't wait for the Piglet to begin! Yay!