The Piglet

The Tournament of Cookbooks

November  9, 2009

16 of the best cookbooks of 2009. 17 talented and opinionated judges.

1 prize: the coveted Piglet Trophy.

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Bet you thought we were going to announce the winner today, huh? Not so fast -- we want to hear what you think! Between now and Monday, post your votes (for Canal House Cooking or Seven Fires) in the comments section below. We'll tally them up and then announce the People's Choice Award, along with Nora Ephron's final decision, at the Piglet Party Monday, November 9th at Astor Center in New York (for tickets, go HERE). Nora Ephron's full decision will be posted on food52 at midnight on Monday.


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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REGGIO December 30, 2009
SEVEN FIRES definitely!!
Food52 November 9, 2009
Thanks to everyone who weighed in! Voting is now CLOSED, and all winners will be announced tomorrow!
Strech10 November 9, 2009
Seven Fires is the best one!! i love it!! He is the best!
Cooker_NL November 9, 2009
Seven Fires gets my vote. It is beautiful, great recipes and well written! The Best!!
Kay N. November 9, 2009
Canal House Cooking is FABULOUS and gets my vote hands down
Thomas_PQ November 9, 2009
I think the winner should be Seven Fires. Is the best cooking book that I´ve ever read.
Jeremy_Fr November 9, 2009
Seven fires is the better book by far!!
Michelle70 November 9, 2009
I vote for Seven Fires By Francis Mallmann
marco November 9, 2009
Seven Fires!
Art, passion, and great recipies.
The book of the year.
jroode55 November 9, 2009
Silver November 9, 2009
My vote goes to Seven Fires!
mlopezkeough November 9, 2009
Oh, Canal House, definitely. Love this so much!
ChristineQ November 9, 2009
Much as I love fire, my vote goes to Canel House Cooking. Can't put it down and keep going back.
SavraCooks November 9, 2009
I vote for Seven Fires!
Greatfood November 9, 2009
I vote for Seven Fires By Francis Mallmann
Mariadc November 9, 2009
FRANCIS MALLMANN, THE BEST!!! ... Seven fires the number one!!!
Rosecook November 9, 2009
My vote is for Seven Fires.
George_w November 9, 2009
SEVEN FIRES. Some cookbooks are a stack of recipes. Seven Fires goes back to first principles of fire and food. It's like falling in love with the magic of cooking all over again.
mian L. November 9, 2009
Seven Fires!
juanrock November 9, 2009
My vote goes to Canal House Cooking!