Food52 capped off its annual tournament of cookbooks (called The Piglet) with a winner: April Bloomfield’s A Girl and Her Pig. No less an expert than Fergus Henderson described the vote behind the final call (the final matchup in the bracket competition, judged by food-world celebrities, pitched Bloomfield against Deb Perelman’s The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook). “A great cookbook, a lasting one, behaves more like an artist’s portfolio,” Henderson writes. “The work should be now, but should also be ten years from now—and it should capture in full the spirit of foods’ permanence and joy.” We could say the same about The Piglet, which—in taking cookbooks seriously—underscores the permanence and joy of the best in any year.

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