Piglet Day 7: John Birdsall on What Makes a Great Cookbook

March  4, 2016

Food writer John Birdsall beautifully, lyrically refs Day 7 of The Piglet. Will Senegal or A Bird in the Hand move on?

Photo by Rocky Luten

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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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  • hungrybruno
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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.


hungrybruno March 4, 2016
There doesn't seem to be a link to the judgement on this page...
hungrybruno March 4, 2016
Ah, just had to refresh the page. Thanks
Kenzi W. March 4, 2016
It's there! Humor me with a refresh and let me know if it doesn't show up for you.
Kenzi W. March 4, 2016
sianbum March 4, 2016
Not to be pedantic, but there is nowhere in this post (that I can find) to actually get to the judgment.
Kenzi W. March 4, 2016
Not even remotely—that was our fault! A clear link should be there now.