Piglet Community Picks

December 12, 2013

Welcome to the beginning of this year's Piglet! First up: Community Picks. 

The Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks is almost here! Because we don't want to mess with success, we'll be keeping the same format as last year -- inspired by Food52 community suggestions and by the bumper crop of cookbooks out this year, we will be featuring a Community Pick on each day of the Piglet. And since you're the wonderful community, we'll need your help in reviewing some of this year's most-loved cookbooks.

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Want to get involved? Call dibs on your favorite cookbook in the comments, below (we're looking for up to 5 testers per book, so don't worry if someone else already claimed yours). The rest is simple: Get the book, test a few recipes by cooking a meal or two, and send us your reviews by Monday, January 20th to [email protected].

Reviews should be under 500 words and explain what you liked about the book, why the recipes worked (or didn't), and what sets the cookbook apart from others. Most importantly, make it a great read. Just like we do for our contests, we'll pick the best community review for each book and feature it on the site. Now get cooking -- and be sure to tell us all about it! 

The Cowgirl Creamery Cookbook by Sue Conley and Peggy Smith

In The Charcuterie: The Fatted Calf's Guide to Making Sausage, Salumi, Pates, Roasts, Confits, and Other Meaty Goods 
by Taylor Boetticher and Toponia Miller

Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook by Rick Mast and Michael Mast 

Pok Pok: Food and Stories from the Streets, Homes, and Roadside Restaurants of Thailand
by Andy Ricker, with J.J. Goode

Coi: Stories and Recipes by Daniel Patterson

Modern Art Desserts: Recipes for Cakes, Cookies, Confections, and Frozen Treats Based on Iconic Works of Art
by Caitlin Freeman

Ivan Ramen: Love, Obsession, and Recipes from Tokyo's Most Unlikely Noodle Joint
by Ivan Orkin & Chris Ying

Sara Jenkins' New Italian Pantry by Sara Jenkins

Bakeless Sweets by Faith Durand 

Sorella: Recipes, Cocktails & True Stories from our New York Restaurant
by Emma Hearst & Sarah Krathen

Tartine Book No. 3: Modern Ancient Classic Whole by Chad Robertson

Homemade with Love: Simple Scratch Cooking from In Jennie's Kitchen by Jennifer Perillo  

Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing by Anya Von Bremzen

Le Pigeon: Cooking at the Dirty Bird 
by Gabriel Rucker, Meredith Erickson, Lauren Fortgang & Andrew Fortgang 


Manresa: An Edible Reflection
by David Kinch and Christine Muhlke  



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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Rob L. February 12, 2014
First year that I've heard of this and intrigued as to how we at home can play along? Are we meant to have bought all the recipe books before the beginning of the event? Can you pick any recipe to recreate or does everyone follow the same selection of recipes?
Pamela T. January 29, 2014
I sent my review in, on tie, why do I keep getting reminders????
Kenzi W. January 29, 2014
This is just another reminder -- send us your reviews to [email protected] if you haven't already!
Kenzi W. January 20, 2014
Hi all -- just a friendly reminder that your reviews are due today! If you haven't already, please email yours to [email protected]. Can't wait to read them all!
Allyce January 15, 2014
Any other slots left? Thanks!
Kenzi W. January 15, 2014
Just for Coi!
Allyce January 15, 2014
Ill take Coi, Kenzi. Thanks!
Kenzi W. January 15, 2014
Rose January 14, 2014
Hello, are there any slots left to try recipes? I'd like to try the Sorella book or Homemade with Love...
Kenzi W. January 14, 2014
Hi there -- the only book available is Coi! These all went to fast! So sorry.
Rose January 14, 2014
I can do Coi, no problem! Thank you very much!
Kenzi W. January 14, 2014
Great! Looking forward to your review.
Matt M. January 13, 2014
Kenzi - I posted earlier and I just want to make sure that I am slotted in for Manresa and the Mast Brothers. Thanks!
Kenzi W. January 13, 2014
You are indeed!
Kenzi W. January 12, 2014
Update: The only books with slots left are Cowgirl Creamery, The Fatted Calf Cookbook, Coi, and The Art of Soviet Cooking. Thanks for your enthusiasm!
Alexandra H. January 12, 2014
Hi Kenzi, I posted earlier-- not sure if I'm down for 1 or 3 books... Just in case, and with surprise house guests this weekend, I'm hoping to keep Modern Art Desserts, and let others test Mast Chocolate or Cowgirl Creamery. Thanks!
Kenzi W. January 12, 2014
Thanks for letting me know! You're now marked down for just the one.
Leith D. January 11, 2014
I'll cook from Sorella, Homemade with Love, New Italian Pantry or whatever else is available....the Soviet book looks great too.
Carrie P. January 11, 2014
I'm up for trying Manresa or Homemade with Love if either are available!!
Sabrina January 10, 2014
I would love to do Sorella or New Italian pantry, if possible
Christina January 10, 2014
I would like to rwview Homemade with Love, but I just ordered from Amazon and it won't be delivered until 1/16. I'm not sure I can make the deadline, but I will try!
Ocean P. January 9, 2014
Are there any openings left?
Kenzi W. January 9, 2014
Yes! We'll be posting an update post tomorrow morning detailing them. Which book are you interested in?
marcandanna December 26, 2013
I'd love to do Sorella too if you still need someone!
Kenzi W. December 31, 2013
You've got it!
Kyla N. December 26, 2013
I'm interested in Ivan Raman if there are spots available.
Kenzi W. December 31, 2013
Sounds great.
Lisa December 26, 2013
I will take Sorella if there aren't enough reviewers for it yet.
Kenzi W. December 31, 2013
Thanks so much -- looking forward to your review.
Jenn December 17, 2013
I will take bakeless sweets.
Kenzi W. December 31, 2013
petitbleu December 17, 2013
Any spots left open for Mast Brothers cookbook? Would love to test that one!
Kenzi W. December 17, 2013
You're the last! Congrats.
Jenn December 17, 2013
I would love to do a review: Ivan Ramen or Bakeless Sweets.
Kenzi W. December 17, 2013
Both have spots! Do you have a preference?
Jenn December 17, 2013
Baseless Sweets would be my preference. Sorry for the double post.
Kenzi W. December 18, 2013
No problem! I've marked you down -- thanks!