The Piglet

The Tournament of Cookbooks -- Day 5

February 18, 2014

Welcome to the Piglet! Catch up on the full list of books and judges, score your own copies in Provisions, and print out a bracket to follow along. 

Today: Things are heating up -- read on for today's decision, and comment there for the chance to score a copy of the winning book!

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Sweet and sour settle the score. In Round 1, Decision 5, Tejal Rao, Senior Writer at Tasting Table, keeps the competitors in line as Smoke & Pickles duels Flour, Too.

Head here to read the decision, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section of the judgment! One lucky commenter will have a shot at scoring a copy of the winning book.  

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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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Tamara B. February 19, 2014
Both books sound great but I trust the judges judgement!
Julie S. February 19, 2014
Smoke and Pickles! I bought this last year on a trip to Toronto and have tried his pulled lamb to garlic pickles. A great cross cultural mix and a good read.
Elliott P. February 18, 2014
Plus one for pickles.
Suzanne Y. February 18, 2014
My sister used to live down the street from Flour. Love their Lemon Scones!
Heather G. February 18, 2014
Smoke and Pickles has me drooling a bit.
Karlene February 18, 2014
Oh definitely "flour, too", hands down. I think I bake just about every day of my life in some form or another. My passion!! :)
claradelune February 18, 2014
I had the pleasure of meeting the amazing Joanne Chang during her book signing tour this past summer. I love her books but I agree with the others who think 'Smoke and Pickles' is a more inventive and creative cookbook. Can't wait to get it!
Elena A. February 18, 2014
Smoke and Pickles, hands down. I'm such a pickle fiend, "The art of fermentation" is my kitchen Bible. The only thing that can make all the sour stuff that I like better is an addition of meat and that's where the "smoke" part will become handy...
sherry M. February 18, 2014
would love to add Smoke and Pickles recipes to my family's kitchen.
sherry M. February 18, 2014
Smoke and Pickles would bring new ways of cooking and adding health to my kitchen :O)
Beth W. February 18, 2014
Smoke and Pickles! Just such a clever and inviting title!
jeanmarieok February 18, 2014
Smoke and Pickles is one of those personal and intimate cookbooks - I loved the prose and recipes equally.
Kathryn R. February 18, 2014
I have Flour 1 and it is a fabulous book full of recipes that come out fantastic - my favorite is the Pop Tarts. That said, Smoke and Pickles, I just want to sit down and read the book right now.