Posted by The Editorial Desk / Monday, October 12th, 2009
The 17 cookbooks involved run the gamut of food preparation, ranging from Michael Ruhlman’s back-of-the-envelope cooking philosophy (Ratio) to David Lebovitz’s trial-and-error travel diary (The Sweet Life in Paris).
Food 52 founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs tasked 16 epicurean personalities/food authors–including Twitterati Grant Achatz (Alinea), Ed Levine (Serious Eats) and Gail Simmons (Food & Wine)–with critiquing the competing texts, urging every panelist to digest all entries cover-to-cover and prepare no less than three recipes from each.
“The judgments and criteria are up to the judges, much like a book review,” Hesser and Stubbs suggested.
Onlookers will be able to comment on the daily proceedings, but a spokesperson confirmed that the judges’ votes will be the final word on which books go the distance and who will ultimately claim the “piglet” trophy.
The tournament is expected to run from October 14 through November 5.
Meanwhile, we’d like to know if your favorite cookbook is on food52′s list? Any other must-haves they missed?