The Piglet

The Piglet's Final Round Twist: Revealed

February 25, 2013

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!


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Kenzi W. February 26, 2013
We're so thrilled you're all on board! We're pretty happy about it too.
garlic&lemon February 25, 2013
Wow! This is one of the many reasons I love Food52. I just love that you were thinking ahead on this one (from the start of the Piglet) and had some of our favorite and trusted members in the wings as relief pitchers. Great!
healthierkitchen February 25, 2013
Cathy! Tom! Love it!
hardlikearmour February 25, 2013
I had a suspicion when I paged through A Girl and Her Pig and noticed Fergus Henderson mentioned in a couple of recipe head notes!
AntoniaJames February 25, 2013
Bravo! Excellent idea. Even had there not been a conflict, I would have preferred this. I hope FOOD52 implements this for the next Piglet tournament. Cannot wait to see this tournament's winner! ;o)