Welcome to the beginning of this year's Piglet! First up: the 2015 Community Picks. (Need some light reading until the tournament starts? Sign up to review a book below, and then catch up on last year's Piglet here.)
Today: We're still looking for cookbook reviewers! Scroll down to see which cookbooks are in need of more testers (look for a bolded author name), then call dibs on the one you want to review in the comments.
Aside from the turkey and the cookies and the many, many pies, we love this time of year because it means we get to start thinking about the Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks. We'll announce the line-up and brackets in January, but first, we're officially kicking off the Piglet Community Picks.
Inspired by Food52 community suggestions and by the bumper crop of cookbooks out this year, we'll be featuring a Community Pick review -- written by you -- on each day of the tournament. And 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 your reviews to [email protected] by Monday, January 19th.
Reviews should be 500 to 700 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!
Update: We heard from a lot of you a few weeks ago, but a few books still need testers! The top six books in this list (look for a bolded author name) still have slots open for testing.
Treat Yourself: 70 Classic Snacks You Loved as a Kid (and Still Love Today) by Jennifer Steinhauer
Ovenly: Sweet and Salty Recipes from New York's Most Creative Bakery by Agatha Kulaga and Erin Patinkin
Sweet & Southern: Classic Desserts with a Twist by Ben Mims
Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails by David Kaplan
Mexico: The Cookbook by Margarita Carrillo Arronte
Saveur: The New Classics Cookbook by the Editors of Saveur Magazine
The Baking Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum
The Slanted Door: Modern Vietnamese Food by Charles Phan
The Kitchn Cookbook: Recipes, Kitchens & Tips to Inspire Your Cooking by Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand
Plenty More: Vibrant Vegetable Cooking from London's Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi
Eat: The Little Book of Fast Food by Nigel Slater