Food 52's Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks is Nearly Here!! Meet the Contenders.

2018 Finalists, p  hoto from

2018 Finalists, photo from

Food52's The Piglet Tournament is About to Get Started

As a cookbook lover there are a constant stream of dates to look forward to. In the near term I can look forward to every Tuesday, the day of the week new cookbooks are released. And there there are the more annual milestones throughout the year to look forward, namely award season. There's the IACP cookbook award, the James Beard Media Awards, to name a few. But the competition that I really look forward to is Food 52's Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks, and guess what, its nearly here! 

Food52 just announced the finalists in the past week, and I'm thrilled with the nominees, some because I've already fallen for them, others because I've wanted a good excuse to dive in, and a few that weren't yet on my radar. 

Here is the 2018 Food52 Piglet roster:

AUTENTICO: Cooking Italian the Authentic Way by Rolando Beramendi

Bangkok: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Thailand by Leela Punyaratabandhu

Bravetart: Iconic American Desserts by Stella Parks

Dinner: Changing the Game by Melissa Clark

Ducksoup: The Wisdom of Simple Cooking by Clare Lattin and Tom Hill 

Gather: Everyday Seasonal Food from a Year in Our Landscapes by Gill Meller

Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking by Bonnie Frumkin Morales

Kaukasis: A Culinary Journey through Georgia, Azerbaijan & Beyond by Olia Hercules

King Solomon's Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World by Joan Nathan

Night + Market: Delicious Thai Food to Facilitate Drinking and Fun-Having Amongst Friends by Kris Yenbamroong

Onions Etcetera: The Essential Allium Cookbook by Kate Winslow and Guy Ambrosino

The Pho Cookbook: Easy to Adventurous Recipes for Vietnam's Favorite Soup and Noodles by Andrea Nguyen

Salt Fat Acid Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat and art by Wendy McNaughton

Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables by Joshua McFadden with Martha Holmberg

Tartine All Day: Modern Recipes for the Home Cook by Elisabeth Prueitt

The Art of Flavor: Practices and Principles for Creating Delicious Food by Daniel Patterson and Mandy Aftel

In honor of the Piglet, I'll be sharing some of my favorite recipes from a few of the nominees and finalizing my own reviews on them over the coming weeks. 

See what I've already made: 

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