The 2017 Piglet

This is the Book You Think Will Win the Piglet Cookbook Tournament

February 21, 2017

Our annual Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks is always full of twists and turns; upsets and underdogs prevailing. But there are always frontrunners—books we overwhelmingly hear from you are the favorites. What's yours for this year's tournament?

We asked you who you thought would win—in the comments here or over on Facebook—for a chance to win all 16 books. The voting has closed, results are in, and they look like this.....

Photo by Tim McSweeney

In case you missed it: See this year's nominated books and judges here, and sign up for daily updates and exclusive recipes (!) from the books here. Official play begins tomorrow. Congrats to Mihaela Pacurar, who was selected at random to win this year's Piglet books!


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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Rosie S. February 21, 2017
Taste and technique
PhillipBrandon February 21, 2017
I wonder how closely this corresponds to the amount each of these books have been featured on Food52 already.
Ali S. February 21, 2017
That's an interesting question! You can see all the posts related to the Piglet books here:
shahnnen E. February 21, 2017
I've been cooking from Samarkand for the past week and love it. Highly recommend, even if it doesn't win the coveted Piglet.
Barbara H. February 20, 2017
Deep Run Roos.
Tracy February 20, 2017
Snafu06 February 20, 2017
I haven't cooked from all of these, but I'm going to have to go with Taste & Technique. Accessible voice, good results, pretty pictures. So far, I haven't found the errors like My Two Souths, the recipes turn out better than Persia or Koreatown, and it's more accessible than the Adventures of Fat Rice.
Tuy February 20, 2017
Taste and Technique
Cari W. February 20, 2017
Dorie's Cookies
Brenda February 20, 2017
I pick The Adventures of Fat Rice to win.
asagatelova February 20, 2017
My guess is that Taste & Technique will win this year
Avon L. February 20, 2017
My vote: My Two Souths
Kelli February 20, 2017
I'm going to vote Persia!
Julianna B. February 20, 2017
I admire so many of these cooks and love exploring their dishes and techniques that they have so generously and creatively shared. I think Naomi Pomeroy's Taste & Technique will win. Foodies from every level, from culinary school to creating test kitchens in their own home, will benefit and find richness in cooking and tasting these recipes!
Jenn K. February 20, 2017
Doris's cookies will probably win!
J J. February 20, 2017
I love Victuals
Anna February 20, 2017
Taste and Technique!!!
Christine February 19, 2017
Simple gets my vote!
Ally H. February 19, 2017
I guess Simple!
elizabeth M. February 19, 2017
Fat Rice seems like the likely choice
Liz February 19, 2017
Dorie's Cookies!