The Piglet, Food52’s tournament of cookbooks, which is modeled after The Morning News’ Tournament of Books, has released this year’s bracket, with many New York City chefs and cookbook authors in the mix. The Dutch chef Andrew Carmellini’s American Flavor, New York Times writer Melissa Clark’s Cook This Now, Momofuku Milk Bar pastry chef Christina Tosi’s Momofuku Milk Bar, Kurt Gutenbrunner’s Neue Cuisine: The Elegant Tastes of Vienna: Recipes From Wallsé, Café Sabarsky and Blaue Gans, and Fonda chef Roberto Santibañez’s Truly Mexican: Essential Recipes and Techniques for Authentic Mexican Cooking all made the cut.
The tournament works by pitting 16 of the best books from the past year into brackets and having them face off against each other. Judges read and cook from the books, writing up their decisions, until only one book remains. Last year’s winner was Kim Boyce’s Good to the Grain: Baking With Whole-Grain Flours. Fingers crossed for a New Yorker to bring home the bacon this year.