The Piglet

The Top 10 Cookbooks From 2018 Our Readers Couldn't Live Without

Your Piglet Community Picks are here!

December 17, 2018

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!

Here's how it'll work:

  • 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 here by 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.

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Top Comment:
“We're not even vegetarians but the recipes in this book are so good I honestly daydream about them. Nordin has come up with some brilliant flavor combinations for patties and awesome condiments. Example: Lentil & Charcoal-Roasted Carrot Burger with Roasted Kale and Green Banana Guacamole....these burgers ROCK. Every recipe we've made from Green Burgers has been a winner.”
— Aimee E.
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Last but not least, just so we're not delaying the big news any further...


Here are your 2019 Piglet Community Picks

Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi, with Tara Wigley and Esme Howarth

Now & Again: Go-To Recipes, Inspired Menus + Endless Ideas for Reinventing Leftovers by Julia Turshen

Sister Pie: The Recipes and Stories of a Big-Hearted Bakery in Detroit by Lisa Ludwinski

Turnip Greens & Tortillas: A Mexican Chef Spices Up the Southern Kitchen by Eddie Hernandez & Susan Puckett

Everyday Dorie: The Way I Cook by Dorie Greenspan

Repertoire: All the Recipes You Need by Jessica Battilana

Cravings: Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen with Adeena Sussman

Milk Street: Tuesday Nights by Christopher Kimball

What's Gaby Cooking: Everyday California Food by Gaby Dalkin

The Food of Northern Thailand by Austin Bush

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 here by December 21. Your review could be featured on the site between early January and the start of the Piglet Tournament in March.

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9 Comments

meggan D. February 25, 2019
Where can I find these reviews?
 
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Brinda A. February 25, 2019
Hi meggan D., the reviews so far are all located at the following link, tagged as "Community Picks"! https://food52.com/tags/the-piglet
 
zooeybechamel January 26, 2019
when will you start posting the reviews? It says "early January" in here :)
 
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Brinda A. February 25, 2019
Hi zooeybechamel, the reviews are all located here, tagged as "Community Picks"! https://food52.com/tags/the-piglet
 
Aimee E. January 12, 2019
I'm sorry I missed the time frame for submitting books to this community-picked group, so I'll simply note a superb, unrecognized cookbook here: Green Burgers: Creative Vegetarian Recipes for Burgers and Sides by Martin Nordin. We're not even vegetarians but the recipes in this book are so good I honestly daydream about them. Nordin has come up with some brilliant flavor combinations for patties and awesome condiments. Example: Lentil & Charcoal-Roasted Carrot Burger with Roasted Kale and Green Banana Guacamole....these burgers ROCK. Every recipe we've made from Green Burgers has been a winner.
 
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Brinda A. January 15, 2019
Thanks so much for this suggestion, Aimee! I've heard great things (see: https://food52.com/recipes/75874-green-pea-burgers-with-ricotta-crispy-mushrooms), and can't wait to cook from Green Burgers myself.
 
SoInconvenient December 19, 2018
The link for the sign up doesn't work.
 
Summer O. December 17, 2018
The link to the form to sign up does not seem to work. It is only for internal use.
 
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Brinda A. December 17, 2018
Hi Summer O.! Thanks so much for the heads-up—just fixed it, so please let me know if that works for you now!