The Piglet

UPDATE: The 2014 Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks!

January 20, 2014

The Piglet is almost here! See the full line-up of books and judges -- and score your own copies in Provisions to follow along -- below! 

Update: Official play now begins on Wednesday, February 12th. Get your brackets ready. 

The 2014 Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks from Food52

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It's that time of year you've all been waiting for: Starting on Wednesday, February 12th, join us every weekday morning for a new cookbook match-up, judged by some of the biggest names in the food world and beyond.

If you're new to The Piglet, here's how it works: It's our NCAA-style tournament in which we seed the 16 best cookbooks from the past year into brackets and face them off. We pass each pair of books to our expert judges, they cook from the books and write up their decisions, and you get to weigh in on each day's outcome until only one remains -- the 2014 Piglet winner.

Just like last year, we'll be running Piglet Community Picks, in which our community members (yes you!) cook from our list of 2014 Community Pick nominations, and then deliver their judgments on the site each day. 

And we'd set aside a party outfit -- you're invited to the Piglet celebration at the very beginning of March. We'll update you with details very soon. 

Below is our fantastic panel of judges, who hail from all corners of food and media. For even more info, head to our 2014 Judges' page

David Chang, owner of Momofuku restaurants and co-founder of Lucky Peach
Aran Goyoaga, stylist, photographer, and blogger at Cannelle et Vanille
April Bloomfield, cookbook author, previous Piglet winner, and chef at The Spotted Pig
Josh Malina, actor and producer
Amanda Cohen, chef and owner of Dirt Candy
Tad Friend, staff writer for The New Yorker
Maxwell Ryan, writer; CEO and founder of Apartment Therapy
Kerry Diamond, editorial director of Cherry Bombe
Christina Tosi, chef, owner, and founder of Momofuku Milk Bar
Kat Kinsman, writer and managing editor of CNN's Eatocracy
Evan Hansen, senior editor at Medium
Tejal Rao, writer, cook, and senior editor at Saveur
Sam Sifton, writer, editor, and former restaurant critic for The New York Times
Brian Boitano, Olympic figure skater and cookbook author
Andrea Gentl, photographer, of Gentl and Hyers 
Nicholas Day, author and contributor to Slate and Food52
Liz Larkin, Food52er and purveyor of award-winning scones 
Emily Vikre, writer, contributor to Food52, food policy student, and co-owner of Vikre Distillery

And here's the official list of contenders for the 2014 Piglet. To add any one of these to your bookshelf, click the book title or image -- or head to The Piglet collection on Provisions! Our official brackets are here; you can download and print them out, fill in your predictions, and follow along.

Robicelli's: A Love Story, with Cupcakes
by Allison and Matt Robicelli

The New Persian Kitchen
by Louisa Shafia 

Family Table: Favorite Staff Meals from Our Restaurants to Your Home
by Michael Romano and Karen Stabiner

Vegetable Literacy
by Deborah Madison

Saving the Season
by Kevin West

The Art of Fermentation
by Sandor Ellix Katz

Notes from the Larder: A Kitchen Diary with Recipes
by Nigel Slater


by Einat Admony


The A.O.C. Cookbook
by Suzanne Goin

Roberta's Cookbook
by Carlo Mirarchi, Brandon Hoy, Chris Parachini, and Katherine Wheelock 

The Art of Simple Food II
by Alice Waters 


Summerland: Recipes for Celebrating with Southern Hospitality
by Anne Stiles Quatrano

Whole-Grain Mornings
by Megan Gordon

Smoke and Pickles: Recipes and Stories from a New Southern Kitchen
by Edward Lee

Flour, Too
by Joanne Chang

Fresh Happy Tasty: An Adventure in 100 Recipes
by Jane Coxwell 

Photos by James Ransom 


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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The F. February 11, 2014
I can't wait till the Piglet begins! It's something I look forward to every year and the lineup this year is amazing!
AntoniaJames February 10, 2014
How will the community members identified above be participating? I don't see any of them in the brackets. Thank you. ;o)
witloof February 5, 2014
Really tickled that Tad Friend will be one of the judges.
CookOnTheFly January 20, 2014
Thank God! A bracket I may finally understand, enjoy and maybe even excel at! My boyfriend will think I'm nuts, but I'll proudly post my Piglet Tournament brackets alongside my March Madness brackets on the fridge door!
Kenzi W. January 21, 2014
Right? This is much more my language.
JadeTree January 16, 2014
Love the Piglet!! And MrsLakin 4evah!! Amazing line-up of judges. I note that Mr Latte will be weighing in as well; it will be fun to see him outside of the New Yorker! Great collection of cookbooks. February is shaping up very nicely...
mcs3000 January 15, 2014
And yes, love to see one of my fav food52's - Liz Larkin - judging alongside the best chefs. #sconealert #piglet
Kenzi W. January 20, 2014
mcs3000 January 15, 2014
SQUEE!Love the judges + books, especially Megan Gordon's. GO, Megan!!
twinjadojo January 14, 2014
Eeeeeeee! I am VERY excited for this. It's a book-off!
Blissful B. January 14, 2014
Ooooh, you added some Food52 member judges this time around. Sweet!
Jordan January 14, 2014
So excited! Ready to dig in.
SoupLady January 14, 2014
Great lineup! Can't wait for the Piglet to begin! Yay!