Now that Super Bowl’s over, how about cheering for cookbooks? Today is the start of a smart, fun cookbook tournament run by Food52.com, an award-winning site devoted to home cooking. On an annual basis, Food52 selects 16 of the best cookbooks from the past year and lets them face off in pairs in a contest called the Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks. Given the many cookbooks published yearly, I’m so proud that Asian Tofu made the cut to be a 2013 Piglet contender.
Each set of books is reviewed by a judge or group of judges who cook from the book and then report on their experience. Comments are released each weekday until there are only 2 cookbooks left. The final winner is announced at the Piglet party at the end of February.
Tune in daily to get the latest Piglet judging but remember to WEIGH in too! Say yea or nay, thumbs up or down, agree or disagree with the judge. Have your say.
At the outset of the 2013 Piglet, where does Asian Tofu stand?
[BIG GULP] It’s up against Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi. Yottam and Sami are superstar chefs and their book is amazing. Judging us is Marco Canora, a New York-based chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author. In the David and Goliath battle, little tofu is definitely the underdog.
If Asian Tofu makes it to the second round, the judge is Wylie Dufresne, known for his avant garde molecular gastronomy at wd~50. [DOUBLE BIG GULP] You can see above who judges round 3 and the final judging. A full outline of 2013 Piglet tournament's face offs is available here.
Wish me luck and cheer on Asian Tofu at the 2013 Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks! Don't be shy. Root loud and proud. OINK!
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