New York-based Food52.com held a little cookbook contest between Yotam Ottolenghi and Jonathan Lovekin's Plenty and hot-L.A.-baking-transplant-now-PDX-based Kim Boyce's Good To The Grain. And who was judging these two tomes in The Piglet's Tournament of Cookbooks? Just one of the biggest names in the biz: the fifteen restaurants, eight cookbooks and a host of television shows-strong Mario Batali.
With the support of what he calls his "ultimate judges/support-team" (his two boys — Benno, age 14, and Leo, age 12 — along with his in-laws and his wife, Susi) Batali and crew judged the books by their covers, context, and ultimately, content. And Batali's verdict? Boyce, who Batali recommends because "at the end of the day, the basic educational components of Good to the Grain would lead us to open the book and use it more often than the jazzy and arty feel of Plenty." Congrats Kim!
· The Piglet's Tournament of Cookbooks [Food52.com]
· Previous Kim Boyce Coverage [Eater PDX]
Image of Kim and Tim Boyce courtesy Byronbeck.com