Have you heard? The 2019 Piglet is upon us! Well...nearly. Our annual tournament of cookbooks—packed with intrigue, bends and bumps in the road, lots of great cooking, and even better stories—is about to ring in its 10th year. But we've got a very important step to go before we can kick things off.
If you're just joining us, we've announced all the tournament books, and let you weigh in on the ones you thought we missed. Now, we're ready to share the top 10 titles you loved best, and let you get the Piglet 2019 show on the road. That's right, people—Piglet Community Picks are here!
Check out the Piglet Community Picks you voted on below.
If you're interested in reviewing one, sign up for a slot in this form hereby December 21, 2018.
We'll reach out shortly after to confirm it's go-time.
You'll read through the book, test a few recipes, and send us your honest, no-holds-barred review by January 4, 2019. (If you sign up for a review slot, you'll get an email reminder on this.)
We'll take a look at all of 'em and start posting one review a week, from early January until tournament time in March. (And we can't wait to read what all of you think.)
A few little guidelines on how to get started:
Spend some time with the book: Pore over the introduction, make your way through a handful of headnotes, and familiarize yourself with what promises the book is making. (Thinking about this right off the bat will help, because your review should ideally tell us how well the book keeps its promise).
Test three or more recipes from the book, to get a good idea of how clearly the recipes are written and how well they work. (It's only fair—we ask the same of the Tournament judges.)
Write up a review on your experience reading through and testing the book. It doesn't have to be uber-long—500 words or so will do—but should tell us specifically what you liked and didn't like about the book; what worked best in it and what could've worked better; what promise the book was making and whether it delivered on that.
That's it! Just head to the form here to sign up and get started. And email us at [email protected] if you have any questions in the meanwhile.
Last but not least, just so we're not delaying the big news any further...
We're so excited for these wonderful Piglet Community Picks! Are you interested in reviewing any of these titles? Sign up, sign up, sign up hereby December 21. Your review could be featured on the site between early January and the start of the Piglet Tournament in March.
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. Find her at @brindayesterday on Twitter and Instagram.