The Piglet

We've Found the Greatest New Cookbook of the Year

Padma Lakshmi helps us crown our 2019 Piglet champ.

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March 29, 2019

The inimitable Padma Lakshmi needs no introduction (but we'll give you one anyway): Food expert; bestselling author; executive producer and host of Top Chef; model; actress; public speaker and women's-health advocate—the list of impressive accomplishments goes on. So who better than Padma to deliver the final judgment of this year's Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks, making a decision between two heavy hitters, Season and Bottom of the Pot? It was such a tough call, Padma may still be "seriously upset with Amanda Hesser" about it.

We understand, Padma—and no hard feelings.

BUT! Before you make your way to the final judgment below (don't you dare scroll down), you'll need to catch up on what happened in the rounds leading up, right? Happy to help. Read on for some quick-and-dirty recaps of the whole shebang—your ever-controversial, always-entertaining 10-year-anniversary edition of the Piglet.


Round 1


Round 2


Round 3

Read the final judgment here.


Got questions? We have answers.
What is the Piglet?
Which books are in the running?
How do I catch up on judgments?
Is there a handy bracket for me to follow along with?

Now that our fair tournament is over, and the little piggies have sung, what were your favorite moments from the competition? Let us know in the comments!
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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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