The Piglet

Who Wins the 2016 Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks?

February 25, 2016

This is one of the happiest days of the year. It's the first day of The Piglet, which means it marks the beginning of a few-week period where cookbooks get a little cutthroat. They elicit elbow throws, tears of happiness, joy—and inevitably, comment sections will produce an illegal slide or two. (I am watching. I used to ref.)

And it's all that much more fun if you have a horse in the race.

So we asked our judges—and you—which book you thought would win this year's tournament, and we collected all of the answers for today's episode of Burnt Toast.

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Want to know who Ari Shapiro has his money on? What about Andrew Zimmern? I also talk to a Chicago bookstore owner who's running an in-store competition alongside The Piglet this year. Her golden reaction when I tell her which cookbook wins is right this way:

Play the episode above, find it on iTunes, or listen to it using your favorite podcatcher. (Don't have one yet? We're fans of Stitcher.)

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Top Comment:
“I love the Piglet! I've been watching that countdown meter for days! ”
— Meghan

So: Who do you think will win?


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!


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See what other Food52 readers are saying.

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  • Meghan
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    Kenzi Wilbur
Kenzi Wilbur

Written by: Kenzi Wilbur

I have a thing for most foods topped with a fried egg, a strange disdain for overly soupy tomato sauce, and I can never make it home without ripping off the end of a newly-bought baguette. I like spoons very much.


luvcookbooks February 26, 2016
This is the way Christmas was for me when I was little. So hard to wait and so thrilling when it came!
Meghan February 25, 2016
Well now I'm left trying to think of which book winning would surprise me the most! I love the Piglet! I've been watching that countdown meter for days!
EmilyC February 25, 2016
"This year is going to surprise you" -- what an ending to your Podcast! I'm even more excited to follow along now than I was!!
mrslarkin February 25, 2016
Happy Piglet, Kenzi!
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Kenzi W. February 25, 2016
thank youuuuu! and to YOU!