Because I've chosen to champion yet-to-be-super-popular subjects, my writing career has been that of the underdog. That's why I was resigned to not winning round 1 of the Piglet cookbook tournament. From the get go, Food52.com readers had predicted that Jerusalem would win the entire competition. Yotam and Sami's book is wildly popular, beautiful, and engaging.
Asian Tofu is compelling in its own right, but it's also a misunderstood subject, not sexy on the first look to many Americans but rather challenging. As my friend Michael Ruhlman noted, it's an uphill battle with tofu, good luck.
I told my dad that over the weekend. His response was, "Well, you never know." My father is a religious man who also loves his daughter for her persistence. Not too long ago, my mother described my work as being "noble." It's nice to be respected but great to pay the bills too!
So it was my great surprise to read Chef Marco Canora's Piglet review today at Food52. Many people view his decision as a tournament upset. There was disagreement with his final call. "Foul!", wrote one reader.
Maybe Asian Tofu is not just the underdog but the dark horse? Read Marco's Piglet judgment of Asian Tofu vs. Jerusalem and dive into the fray!
P.S. If you're into cookbooks, the reviews on the Piglet are fabulous, covering the importance of design, recipe collection/curation, and testing. Some are damn funny too.
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