The Piglet

Get to Know My Two Souths and Taste & Technique

March 15, 2017

We’ll be back with the final Piglet judgment by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner on Monday, March 20th—until then, stay tuned as we get to know the final books a little better all week long.

First things first—start cooking:

Her cooking feels like food my mom would make me if she had the same geographical footprint as Asha Gomez.
Ali Slagle, books editor, on My Two Souths

What to Cook

Taste & Technique:

Balsamic Braised Short Ribs

My Two Souths

Smoky Hazelnut Chocolate Cookies

Quick Tellicherry Buttermilk Biscuits

And to catch up on the Piglet judgments:

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Sandra March 15, 2017
I made the biscuits and they were tasty and had a nice peppery heat. I think they would be perfect. With gravy. I think the tellicherry pepper was wasted on me though - I couldn't tell the difference between it and regular black pepper. I also made the creamy asparagus soup in T&T. She called it something fancy but it was cream of asparagus soup, and easy to prepare. The shocked spinach water was a new technieque for me and really did color it nicely. I just used some regular pesto to garnish the soup with the asparagus slices as I didn't feel like making her garnish. It was fine. I also made the T&T simple salad. The dressing is wonderful and will be a staple for me. I was intimidated by this book and the reviews, but not any more.
Donna March 15, 2017
I have Taste and Technique, and have cooked a number of the recipes, with stellar results. I'm hoping for a win...
Whiteantlers March 15, 2017
My Two Souths gets my vote. I bought it for myself and 3 friends and I am rooting for it here.
LouLou March 15, 2017
After reading all the reviews, I'm leaning towards "My Two Souths"! It's on my shopping list for sure!