The Piglet

Why the Best Cookbooks Also Have the Best Writing

On Piglet day 14, a 'New York Times' food editor weighs in.

March 27, 2019

New York Times Deputy Food Editor Emily Weinstein is pretty well acquainted with cookbooks, and great writing, and great writing in cookbooks. So when given two cookbooks with excellent writing and personal stories—Shaya by Alon Shaya and Bottom of the Pot by Naz Deravian—how will Emily make the seemingly impossible decision between them?

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1 Comment

Judy P. March 27, 2019
I like to think the writing in MY recipe book, The Little Book of Raw Vegan Holiday Recipes, is top-notch!