We know you've been biting your nails since Day 1 -- since the day when we announced the Piglet would have a twist -- and after today's grand, penultimate judgment, it's finally time. Ready? Pull up a chair, and lean in close.
This year, the winner of the Piglet will be decided not by one judge, but by a panel of three, talented, community judges. Our logic here was simple: first, three is better than one. And second, we wanted to avoid any unfairness in a final decision. (Full disclosure: Fergus Henderson has a conflict of interest with the author of one of our finalist cookbooks. If you haven't heard which books are in the final yet, get thee to the judgment!)
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To preserve the integrity of our tournament, and because we're always fans of shaking things up a bit, we did what we always do when we need a partner in crime: we turned to our community. Our panel (happen to see three extra bios on the judges' page?), set to work cooking, eating, and evaluating the merits of our two finalist books. Then they cooked some more. And their votes, hard-earned and well-tested, will decide who takes home the trophy.
Like we said, plot twists just make everything a little more fun. Did we surprise you?
A huge thanks to our community, our commenters, and everyone who has stood by the Piglet's side through our -- sometimes heated -- play. You all have a hand in making this tournament what it is, and this year, with our finalist panel and Community Picks, even more than ever. We think that's the way it should be.
Place your bets now, and meet us back here tomorrow morning to help us crown this year's winner!
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!