The Piglet

UPDATE: The Second Annual Tournament of Cookbooks!

September 30, 2010

The Piglet


Starting November 9th, we'll be hosting the second annual Tournament of Cookbooks on food52: 16 of the best cookbooks of 2010 will face off in an NCAA-style bracketed tournament to determine who will win the coveted Piglet trophy (pictured here). 17 talented and opinionated judges will decide which book moves on after each round, and the final decision will be announced at the Piglet Party on Tuesday, November 30th at the 92nd Street Y Tribeca in New York City. (More info to come on the party and how to get tickets!)
The complete list of contenders is below; in order to have your voice heard, just leave a comment in this post as to which of these you'd choose as the best cookbook of 2010. We'll tally the votes and return the two books with the most support to a Wildcard Round for a second chance.

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Voting is now closed! Stay tuned to find out which books make it into the wildcard round...

  • Plenty
    Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi and Jonathan Lovekin

  • Harvest to Heat
    Harvest to Heat by Darryl Estrine and Kelly Kochendorfer

  • The Vegetarian Option
    The Vegetarian Option by Simon Hopkinson

  • The Art of Eating In
    The Art of Eating In by Cathy Erway

  • A Cook's Journey to Japan by Sarah Marx Feldner

  • Thai Street Food
    Thai Street Food by David Thompson

  • Around My French Table
    Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan

  • Forgotten Skills of Cooking
    Forgotten Skills of Cooking by Darina Allen

  • The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion
    The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual by Frank Falcinelli, Frank Castronovo and Peter Meehan

  • Urban Pantry
    Urban Pantry by Amy Pennington

  • Cook Italy
    Cook Italy by Katie Caldesi

  • Heart of the Artichoke
    Heart of the Artichoke and Other Kitchen Journeys by David Tanis

  • The Perfect Finish
    The Perfect Finish by Bill Yosses and Melissa Clark

  • Cakewalk: A Memoir
    Cakewalk: A Memoir by Kate Moses

  • My Sweet Mexico
    My Sweet Mexico by Fany Gerson

  • Good to the Grain
    Good to the Grain by Kim Boyce with Amy Scattergood


    The Piglet—inspired by The Morning News' Tournament of Books—is where the 16 most notable cookbooks of the year face off in a NCAA-style bracketed tournament. Watch the action and weigh in on the results!


    See what other Food52 readers are saying.

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    • scottw
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    foodiefantasy October 6, 2010
    My Sweet Mexico!!!!
    scottw September 30, 2010
    it's got to be................urban pantry. i've even started washing my baggies!
    Buggy G. September 29, 2010
    Food52.1 September 29, 2010
    Urban Panty, wins by a carrot!
    SueG September 29, 2010
    This method of voting has clearly become contaminated by a campaign to vote for at least one certain book. I will be completely unenthusiastic about the whole Piglet contest if that stands.
    Food52 September 29, 2010
    For this wildcard vote, anyone can vote and anyone was welcome to campaign for support -- this is a democracy, after all! But not to worry, the rest of the judging in the Tournament of Cookbooks is done by judges who we've selected in advance.
    Gale September 30, 2010
    While I have to somewhat agree with you regarding the voting for two certain books, one of them is really excellent with many usable recipes and the other was a surprise since I found it relatively uninspired and basic. My real vote would have been for Simon Hopkinson if I had had myself in gear. Do love the Piglet., though - and hope Nora is judge again.
    janerac September 29, 2010
    The Frankies Sputino Kitchen Companion! One of the Franks signed mine at the Brooklyn Book festival a couple weeks ago. I love the illustrations and the writing.
    Buzzz September 29, 2010
    Cook Italy
    chefschenk September 29, 2010
    Frankie's Spuntino Kitchen Companion is a great cookbook, the illustrations in the book are outstanding! The food at Frankie's is a testament to the quailty and dedication to create really good Italian food.Frankie's and the Frank's have my vote......
    mnyzio September 29, 2010
    Frankies! Great food!
    sdelucia September 29, 2010
    WilliamC September 29, 2010
    Frankies Spuntino and Cathy Erway!
    Ronnybell September 29, 2010
    Urban Pantry Rocks. I use the shrimp marinade all the time and it's awesome.
    Comics I. September 29, 2010
    Frankies Spuntino, hands down. Love the illustrations and it teaches you how to grow an avocado tree.
    Sazonov September 29, 2010
    petrini.elisa September 29, 2010
    The fabulous FRANKIES!
    kaymo September 29, 2010
    Frankies Spuntino fer sure!!!!
    lait_et_miel September 29, 2010
    I've been loving baking from Good to the Grain...
    mxfactor September 29, 2010
    Urban Pantry!!!
    erinprz September 29, 2010
    Frankie's Cookbook, for sure!! yummmmmmmm.
    [email protected] September 29, 2010
    Frankie's Spuntino Cookbook is a fabulous cookbook! Great, simple recipes for terrific food that you can eat every night or serve at a fancy party. And the look and style set it apart from any other cookbook published this year.