It’s not just the college-sports world that looks to bracket tournaments this time of year. In the cookbook world, February Madness means one thing: the Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks, run by the prestigious blog Food52.com. The round of 16—Food52’s best cookbooks of the year—is typically composed of the best big-name cookbooks published in the preceding year. For 2012, a not-so-big-name cookbook, Christine Moore’s Little Flower: Recipes from the Cafe, has been chosen for the round of 16. It’s a tremendous honor for a first-time cookbook author, not to mention a small publisher far outside the New York foodie mainstream.
Beginning February 5th, the book will face off with the other cookbooks for the ultimate Piglet prize. Competition includes The Bouchon Bakery Book, Canal House Cooks Everyday, and The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. This year’s judges include actor Stanley Tucci; Wylie Dufresne, chef and owner of wd~50; Melissa Clark, cookbook author and writer for The New York Times; and Chris Ying, editor-in-chief of Lucky Peach.
As the Little Flower publisher, we send kudos to the amazing author Christine Moore, whose warmth, talent, and devotion to good food shine through in every recipe; to photographer Ryan Miller, whose images are rich and gorgeous; to designer Rachel Vourlas, who created an elegant, clean layout that showcases the recipes perfectly; to cover designer Eric Pfleeger, who wisely convinced us to go with something different and striking; to recipe tester Harriet Hayes, who made sure it all worked in regular home ovens and who was available on a moment’s notice to answer the many publisher queries; to proofreader Nancy Ransohoff, who knows a correct recipe when she sees one; and to printer Imago USA, who did a superb job with the production.
Congratulations the authors and publishers of the 15 other Piglet finalists. It’s a great honor to be in your company.