Get to Know the 16 Impressive Cookbooks in This Year’s Piglet Tournament

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The 2017 Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks starts this week! Here are the books that’ll be going head-to-head in our NCAA-style tournament. Have no idea what we’re talking about? Listen to a TL;DR podcast about what The Piglet is.

Don’t know anything about the books that are in the running? Well, then you’re in the right place. Scroll on for stories about and recipes from each book (in no particular order):

Simple by diana henry

A Book of Simple Food That's More than Aspiration

A Book of Simple Food That’s More than Aspiration

by Megan

Simple, Signed Copy

Simple, Signed Copy

This Tender Lemon Cake Does

This Tender Lemon Cake Does “The Whole Lavender Thing” Right by Sarah Jampel

More: Diana Henry owns over 4,000 cookbooks. See it here to believe it.

Deep Run Roots by Vivian Howard

Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South, Signed Copy

Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the…

Cornbread Meets Coffee Cake Somewhere in North Carolina

Cornbread Meets Coffee Cake Somewhere in North Carolina by Food52

Victuals by Ronni Lundy

Victuals: An Appalachian Journey with Recipes, Signed Copy

Victuals: An Appalachian Journey with Recipes, Signed Copy

A Life-Changing (Yes, Really) Buttermilk Cornbread Soup

A Life-Changing (Yes, Really) Buttermilk Cornbread Soup

by Lindsay-Jean Hard

Do Right By Your Lettuce: Kill It

Do Right By Your Lettuce: Kill It by Ali Slagle

Koreatown by Deuki Hong & Matt Rodbard

Koreatown: A Cookbook

Koreatown: A Cookbook

Jajangmyeon: Porky, Oniony, Black (!) Korean Noodles

Jajangmyeon: Porky, Oniony, Black (!) Korean Noodles

by Matt Rodbard

Beyond Kimchi: 15 Essential Tools & Ingredients for Korean Cooking

Beyond Kimchi: 15 Essential Tools & Ingredients for Korean Cooking by Matt Rodbard

samarkand by Caroline Eden & Eleanor Ford

Samarkand: Recipes & Stories from Central Asia & The Caucasus, Signed Copy

Samarkand: Recipes & Stories from Central Asia & The Cauc…

Eating with the Mountain Jews of Azerbaijan

Eating with the Mountain Jews of Azerbaijan by Caroline Eden

golden by Itamar Srulovich & Sarit Packer

Golden: Sweet & Savory Baked Delights from London's Honey & Co., Signed Copy

Golden: Sweet & Savory Baked Delights from London’s Honey…

In a Book Full of Make-Now Recipes, This Cake is the Authors' Favorite

In a Book Full of Make-Now Recipes, This Cake is the Auth… by Sarah Jampel

My Two Souths by Asha Gomez

My Two Souths: Blending the Flavors of India into a Southern Kitchen, Signed Copy

My Two Souths: Blending the Flavors of India into a South…

Where Southern Soul Food Meets Southern India

Where Southern Soul Food Meets Southern India by Ali Slagle

sirocco by Sabrina Ghayour

Sirocco: Fabulous Flavors from the Middle East

Sirocco: Fabulous Flavors from the Middle East

A Five-Ingredient, One-Pot Stew That Tastes Like it Simmered Forever

A Five-Ingredient, One-Pot Stew That Tastes Like it Simme… by Ali Slagle

Cal Peternell’s Recipe for cooking

A Recipe for Cooking, Signed Copy

A Recipe for Cooking, Signed Copy

A POWerful Turmeric Sauce that Staves Off Bland Food and Blank Slates

A POWerful Turmeric Sauce that Staves Off Bland Food and …

by Ali Slagle

The Genius Fix for Broken Gravy and Bland Anything

The Genius Fix for Broken Gravy and Bland Anything by Kristen Miglore

taste & technique by Naomi Pomeroy & Jamie Feldmar

Taste & Technique : Recipes to Elevate Your Home Cooking, Signed Copy

Taste & Technique : Recipes to Elevate Your Home Cooking,…

The Nutty, Citrusy Dessert That'll Use Up Your Leftover Egg Whites

The Nutty, Citrusy Dessert That’ll Use Up Your Leftover E… by Samantha Weiss Hills

Dorie’s Cookies by dorie greenspan

Dorie's Cookies, Signed Copy

Dorie’s Cookies, Signed Copy

After 20 Years, The Queen of Cookies Has a New Favorite Recipe

After 20 Years, The Queen of Cookies Has a New Favorite R…

by Sarah Jampel

These Genius, 3-Ingredient Cookies Will Be Ready Before the Oven Beeps

These Genius, 3-Ingredient Cookies Will Be Ready Before the Oven Beeps by Kristen Miglore

Fuchsia Dunlop’s Land of Fish & Rice

Land of Fish and Rice: Recipes from the Culinary Heart of China, Signed Copy

Land of Fish and Rice: Recipes from the Culinary Heart of…

Deep-Fried, Red Bean-Filled Pumpkin Cakes Fit for a Kitchen God

Deep-Fried, Red Bean-Filled Pumpkin Cakes Fit for a Kitch… by Sarah Jampel

tasting rome by katie parla

Tasting Rome: Fresh Flavors and Forgotten Recipes from an Ancient City, Signed Copy

Tasting Rome: Fresh Flavors and Forgotten Recipes from an…

What Romans are Really Eating Today

What Romans are Really Eating Today by katieparla

TASTE OF PERSIA by naomi duguid

Taste of Persia: A Cook's Travels, Signed Copy

Taste of Persia: A Cook’s Travels, Signed Copy

On Traveling Alone, Packing, and Persia with Author-Explorer Naomi Duguid

On Traveling Alone, Packing, and Persia with Author-Explo… by Ali Slagle

soframiz by Maura Kilpatrick & Ana Sortun

Soframiz: Vibrant Middle Eastern Recipes from Sofra Bakery and Cafe, Signed Copy

Soframiz: Vibrant Middle Eastern Recipes from Sofra Baker…

A Cake Beloved (and Evolved) Since the Ottoman Empire

A Cake Beloved (and Evolved) Since the Ottoman Empire

by Food52

What Happens When Peanut Butter Goes In (Not On) Bread

What Happens When Peanut Butter Goes In (Not On) Bread by Sarah Jampel

The Adventures of Fat Rice by ABRAHAM CONLON, ADRIENNE LO & Hugh amano

The Adventures of Fat Rice: Recipes from the Chicago Restaurant Inspired by Macau, Signed Copy

The Adventures of Fat Rice: Recipes from the Chicago Rest…

This Cake Gets Its Pudding-Like Smoothness from the Vegetable Aisle

This Cake Gets Its Pudding-Like Smoothness from the Veget…

by Sarah Jampel

This Cookbook Has Comics, Grandmas, and Pig’s Ears

This Cookbook Has Comics, Grandmas, and Pig’s Ears by Food52

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