Piglet Day 12: An Underdog Takes on a Fan Favorite

March 11, 2016

On Day 12 of the Piglet, New Yorker staff writer Lauren Collins tells the tale of a top dog and an underdog.

Photo by Rocky Luten

Who moves on? Read the verdict here.

Playing catch-up?

  • Read past judgments here, including Phyllis Grant's epic The Food Lab vs. Zahav showdown, Yotam Ottolenghi waxing poetic about The Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook, and that time Brooks Headley let his books battle it out during staff meals at Superiority Burger.
  • And see the Community Pick reviews—written by you!—right this way.
  • Listen to our podcast full of community and judge predictions. And tell us in the comments: Who do you think will win this year?

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.

  • idil
  • creamtea
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.


idil March 11, 2016
İ honestly can't believe this. I mean really? Just because she didn't get what food lab is and it is not for her?
Food lab is a really important book in the sense that it makes you think about the cooking process and why you are doing such and such and ultimately you learn something by doing that and hopefully become a better cook. Made in India on the other hand is just another good recipe book. It doesn't challange you or contribute anything to the genre. I believe that Food Lab will continue to be an important book in the years to come as it signals a new approach to cooking not necessarily a better one but a new one which I think should be welcomed and not dismissed like that. Made in India on the other hand will be replaced by another good book in Indian cooking in a relatively short period. Just wait and see. It is such a shame.
creamtea March 11, 2016

agreed. She didn't like the writing style so that took it down a notch.