Local food bloggers/authors Aki Kamozawa and H. Alexander Talbot, better known as Ideas in Food, have been nominated for the 2012 Food52 Piglet Award, which is given to the best cookbook of the year. Their tome, Ideas in Food: Great Recipes and Why They Work, focuses as much on the 'why' in recipes as the 'what,' taking kitchen work straight into the lab for a little explanation.
The Piglet is no joke, as the voting panel includes Hunter Lewis of Bon Appetit, Alice Waters of Chez Panisse, and Ina Garten. Our homers are up against some stiff cookbook competition in the form of Joe Beef, Andrew Carmellini, and Momofuku Milk Bar. Official voting starts Jan. 18, and Food52 is looking for readers to help narrow down the finalists, so get on over there.