The Farmhouse Culture Guide to Fermenting
Fermented foods are a staple and favorite across myriad cultures for a reason. They’re bold, layered, and often refreshing flavors are great both on the own or as the perfect way spice up virtually any dish. From pickles and krauts to Kimchi and Kombucha, this book is a surefire way to elevate your summer cooking.
I love eggs—they’re among the most flexible foods in anyone’s fridge. Whether they’re hard-boiled, over-easy, in a cake, or a topping on a burger, it’s difficult to top the versatility of the humble egg. This is a fact that renowned pastry chef and Cake Wars judge, Waylynn Lucas, knows well. Sunny-Side Up features over 100 recipes ranging from delicious cakes to breakfast bowls and frittatas. In other words, it contains basically everything you need to blow away your brunch crowd.
There’s nothing quite like cooking with fresh seasonal ingredients and luckily, summer is a peak time for all things fruit. Among my personal favorite fruit delivery systems are pastries. Nicole Rucker has positioned herself as one of the most innovative and Instagrammed pastry chefs on the West Coast and her debut cookbook is filled to the brim with mouthwatering, Insta-worthy desserts.
Any food-lover can tell you that sticking with a diet takes a remarkable amount of discipline. Fortunately, there are few better ways to meet those dieting goals than working a partner. Food writer and health blogger Liz Moody not only discovered this fact when she began preparing meals with her boyfriend, but also reignited her own love of food in the process. Her cookbook is home to more 100 delicious, simple, and nutritious recipes.
Straight from the famous trend-setting website, Well + Good features a collection of recipes to improve your skin, sleep, energy, focus, digestion, and sex life. Its hard to overstate the impact of what we consume on our bodies as well as the connection between diet and health. Whether you’re looking to take your eating habits into uncharted territory or simply improve your overall wellness, this is a cookbook for you.
Cravings: Hungry for More
Hungry for More once again takes readers and fans into Chrissy Teigen’s kitchen for Teigen’s inventive, occasionally decadent, and always delicious culinary creations. With two years of parenting under her belt, Teigen has rediscovered the healing power of comfort food. Hungry for More is filled with recipes to cover any type of craving—from healthier options to hate-yourself-in-the-morning goodness. Oh, and there’s Pad Thai Carbonara. You’re welcome.
Salt & Straw Ice Cream Cookbook
Building from a simple five-minute base recipe, Salt & Straw Ice Cream Cookbook will have you making unique and utterly amazing ice cream in no time. The brainchild of cousins Tyler and Kim Malek, Salt & Straw has become Portland’s go-to spot for inventive and occasionally controversial flavors—they have everything from Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons to Buttered Mashed Potatoes and Gravy. Fortunately for us all, the Salt & Straw Ice Cream Cookbook brings them ice cream brilliance right into our homes.
Preparing a steak can be an intimidating proposition for many cooks because of all the factors that go into making the perfect steak: understanding temperatures, choosing the right cut, marbling, etc. Aaron Franklin, the James Beard Award-winning pitmaster and proprietor of legendary Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas, knows a thing or two about meat. He’s bringing all his expertise to bear in this be-all, end-all guide to cooking the perfect steak.
For his latest book, restaurant renowned chef Josiah Citrin turned to his own backyard and the sort of cooking he loves to do for his own family: cookouts on a charcoal fired grill. Grilling is a staple of summer food and Charcoal is a perfect addition to a backyard cook’s arsenal, featuring not only delicious and unique recipes, but also some inventive methods grilling and smoking.
The Ultimate Burger
America's Test Kitchen
If grilling is the staple of summer cooking, the burger is the centerpiece—deceptively simple, endlessly customizable, and always delicious. I’m a huge fan of America’s Test Kitchen and their cookbooks never fail to disappoint. The Ultimate Burger will take you through every conceivable step of the burger making process, from choosing and grinding your own beef to making your own buns, and is a guaranteed way to up your burger game.
The Campfire Cookbook
There’s nothing quite like cooking over an open flame in the great outdoors. Whether your throwing together some s’mores or breaking out the cast iron, The Campfire Cookbook is the one for you. Combining longtime favorites like BBQ chicken and grilled corn with more adventurous fare like grilled Camembert and a chocolate cake baked inside orange, The Campfire Cook has everything needed to make you the culinary hero of your next camping trip.
Mexican Ice Cream
While many of us don’t immediately associate ice cream with Mexico, the beloved desert has a rich and extraordinarily flavorful tradition in the country. Here, renowned baker Fany Gerson delves deep into the cultural aspects of making and consuming ice cream in Mexico alongside a host of brilliantly flavorful recipes. Avocado-Chocolate Ice Cream and Oaxacan-style Lime Sorbet? Sign us up.
There’s no better season to encapsulate the extremes of food culture and cooking than summer. From the freshness of seasonal fruits and veggies to the richness of BBQ season with all of its grilled and slow-smoked goodness to delectable beat-the-heat treats like ice cream, summer is all about our love affair with food. With summer season in full swing, here are a few of the best summer cookbooks to make all these hot days even more enjoyable.
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