Have we reached a Golden Age of cookbooks in 2018? We certainly think so. Which is why we're thrilled to welcome another rousing rendition of the Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks, now celebrating its 10th birthday (my, don't they grow up fast?)!
Kicking off in March 2019, the nearly month-long, bracket-style tournament will go down in four rounds. 16 incredible cookbooks go head-to-head in the first round, and will be reviewed against one another by an illustrious cast of judges. Over the three weeks that follow, the strongest books advance through the rounds until one winner comes out on top. Along the way, all manner of surprises, upsets, triumphs, and oops!es in the mix will keep you hanging out on the edge of your seat!
In addition to the drama, the Piglet is all about getting acquainted with some of the year's best cookbooks. And boy, do we have a line-up for you. In fact, we were too excited to keep our picks to ourselves that we had to share them with you, here and now.
But—before you scroll down—there's more we'd like to share! We're bringing back Piglet Community Picks, the tournament's more laid-back, just as festive cousin. It goes a little something like this: you nominate your favorite cookbooks from 2018 that didn't make it into this year's Piglet, we share the 10 nominees you loved best, and give you the chance to pick one to review at home and send our way.
We'll select a handful of these reviews, and will run them on the site once a week, starting in January, right up until the Piglet tournament starts in March. (We hope that helps you cope with the anticipation for the tournament—we know we'll definitely need it.)
Now that the housekeeping's taken care of, without further ado, here are (in no particular order)...
We're so excited about this year's Piglet books! Anything we missed? Let us know in the comments. And stay tuned for Piglet Community Picks reviews, starting on January 11!
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!
Brinda is the Books & Special Projects Editor at Food52, where she edits all of Food52's cookbooks and covers the latest and greatest books on the site (drop her a line with recs!). She likes chewy Neapolitan pizza, stinky cheese of all sorts, and tahini-flavored anything. Brinda lives in Brooklyn with 18 plants.