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