A fresh crop of Summer Cookbook Suggestions

A fresh crop of Summer Cookbook Suggestions

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Going Meatless on Mondays just got easier

If you’re thinking of joining in the Meatless Monday Movement, there’s no better time then right now. It’s summertime and the markets are overflowing with the freshest and tastiest fruits and veggies of the entire year. There’s nothing like a bag of produce straight from the farmers market or local stand, bursting with color and flavor, to help one find the joy in veggie cooking. And right now, there’s a bumpercrop of tantalizing cookbooks sure to help us take advantage of summertime’s haul of goodness. Here are a few cookbooks sure to help you make the most of the season.

• I can’t wait to get my hands on the debut cookbook from Susie Middleton enticingly titled Fast, Fresh & Green. Middleton, the former editor of Fine Cooking Magazine, is the green genius behind sixburnersue.com and can add published author to that list with the release of this cookbook “for those who adore vegetable dishes and want more than an afterthought chapter dedicated to them”. This cookbook focuses on veggie dishes prepared quickly but with lots of taste and is organized by cooking style (grilling, sautéing, stir-frying, braising, etc.). If you want a taste of just what this accomplished chef has to offer, check out her site and this new yummy take on a summer staple, New Potato Salad with Fresh Peas, Lime & Mint. $16.47

• If you love salads, but end up using the same combination of ingredients again and again, take a look at this gem, Mixt Salads: A Chef’s Bold Creations from San Fransisco chef celeb Andrew Swallow, owner of Mixt Greens. This collection of unique salads sorted by seasons, features a number of recipes for carnivores, tips on building a balanced salad and ideas for salad dressings. $18.48

• Part coffee table book, part recipe collection and all heart, Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods will have you making an effort to go local when shopping for food. This lovingly photographed book features “six in-depth portraits of America’s distinct culinary regions, highlighting (their) unique cuisine and local foods.” Once you’ve learned about your culinary area, try out the inspired recipes focusing on regional and seasonal ingredients. $19.77

• I’ve always loved the William-Sonoma cookbooks and this one sure looks like a keeper. Cooking from the Farmers’ Market will be released June 15th and promises to be a guide “to identify, select, and prepare over 100 types of fruits and vegetables fresh from the market, with more than 245 recipes, including one for each ingredient.” They had me at “farmers market”! Pre-order at amazom.com $23.07

• Finally, no meal is complete without a fabulous dessert. Let the incredible fruits of summer – peaches, nectarines, plums, cherries and berries of all sorts – shine with Seasonal Fruit Desserts: From Orchard, Farm, and Market. Again focusing on seasonal and local finds, you’ll find mouth-watering, elegant and yes, yummy ideas for a meal ending sweet treat to please the entire table. $21.45

we heartsters – have you sampled any of the above cookbooks? And what summer fruits and veggies are getting you excited for the season?

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8 thoughts on “A fresh crop of Summer Cookbook Suggestions”

  1. Great suggestions @tyna. Would love to see that salad cookbook. I love salads…especially in the summertime, but I don’t get that creative either and find myself making the same version over and over.

  2. Now THIS is the kind of recipe post I can get on board with! Totally yummy and doesn’t threaten to derail the diet train! LOL, I kid @Tyna, I kid. I love all the recipe posts :P

    I’ve not tried any of the cookbooks above (gasp- a cookbook I don’t have?!) but I think I need to try out “Seasonal Fruit Desserts” as I don’t have any fruit specific cookbooks. I have a ton of other veggie oriented cookbooks starting with my very first purchase of “Please Feed Me: A Punk Vegan Cookbook” back in my angsty teen days. (Who am I kidding, I still pretend to be a crusty punk some days!)
    Another great “cook”book I recommend is “RAWvolution.” I say “cook”book because the recipes are all raw and totally amazing! I love making the onion “bread” and raw apple pies. Yum!

  3. A good cookbook is so important. I know we live off the internet for most everything, but there is something about having that hard cover book in your hands! Great suggestions @tyna.

  4. I could be meatless EVERY day with this cookbook collection, @tyna!

    I’m excited about fresh Maryland tomatoes. I practically live on Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil in the summertime.

  5. That salad cookbook looks great! I love going to the market and smelling all the fresh veggies in the air. Makes me want to buy them all up and make something grand. But I’m helpless in the kitchen…. maybe these books will help me out.

  6. @Tyna, great review! These all look yummy; I just recently discovered our local farmer’s market and have been overwhelmed with the amount of great veggies and produce they have. Any of the above cookbooks would help me get a handle on my shopping; I’d be able to seek out and get what I need, instead of just aimlessly wandering the rows and wanting to buy a little of everything, but ending up with nothing! :-)

  7. @turboterp – I am so with you. I LIVE for summer tomatoes! They look, smell and (most important) taste so much better than sad winter tomatoes. I love nothing more than just a plain old tomato sandwich: toasted sourdough, mayo and a thick slice of tomato with sea salt and cracked pepper. Oh man, I think I may be dribbling a bit just thinking about it.

    Mixt Salads looks great. I am so in a salad rut right now. Lettuce, tomato, cucs…zzz. I always seem to go blank on all the great ingredients there are: beets, dried cranberries, crumbled blue cheese, chopped onion, walnuts, etc.

    Can you tell I’m hungry?
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