Food52's Piglet 2017 lineup

cookbook collage

While the official tournament doesn't begin until next Wednesday, Food52 gave us a head start on its 2017 Piglet cookbook contest by announcing the contenders via Twitter. They haven't announced which books will be going head-to-head, only which books are in the contest.

For those who aren't familiar with The Piglet, we'll provide you with a quick refresher. The contest is a bracketed tournament of cookbooks (for the sports-minded, it's akin to the NCAA basketball tournament), where 16 notable cookbooks from the previous year square off in head-to-head competition. The winner of each competition goes on to a contest against the winner of another two-cookbook contest. The judges are top food writers and chefs, and each matchup has a different judge. The Piglet takes place over the course of 3 weeks, with a decision published each week day. Last year's winner was The Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook by Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez and Julia Turshen.

Without further ado, here are the books competing in the 2017 Food52 Piglet: 

Taste of Persia by Naomi Duguid
Tasting Rome by Katie Parla and Kristina Gill
Soframiz by  Ana Sortun and Maura Kilpatrick
The Adventures of Fat Rice by Abraham Conlon and Adrienne Lo and Hugh Amano
A Recipe for Cooking by Cal Peternell 
Dorie's Cookies by Dorie Greenspan
Victuals  by Ronni Lundy
Simple by Diana Henry
Taste & Technique by Naomi Pomeroy
Sirocco by Sabrina Ghayour
Koreatown by Deuki Hong and Matt Robard
Samarkand by Caroline Eden and Eleanor Ford
Deep Run Roots by Vivian Howard
Land of Fish and Rice
 by Fuchsia Dunlop
My Two Souths by Asha Gomez
Golden by Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer 

1 Comment

  • KarinaFrancis  on  2/15/2017 at 3:59 PM

    I never quite understand how it works and the winners are chosen, the one thing I do know is I usually end up buying 1 or 2 of the contenders. Which isnt a bad thing :)

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