Thursday, March 29

Summer Cookbook Season

If you are a library addict   (i.e. all the librarians know you by name and automatically head to the shelf for your 'on hold' items when you walk in the door) then you probably already know what I'm about to tell you: right now is the best time to check out summer cookbooks! (Canning books, too, incidentally.)

Pre- season is always the best time to pick up popular books, especially cookbooks. Putting things on hold or picking up a couple titles each time you're at the library ensures you've already seen everything you need before everyone else realizes that it's time to fire up the grill and they have no idea what to make!

This habit can be an especially big help if you:
* don't shop (or get to the library) often
* prefer batch cooking
* menu plan more than a week in advance
* have picky eaters or dietary restrictions

Not sure where to start? Here are a few of my newest discoveries:

 This is pretty much a grilling Bible. Loved it!
If you are old hat at grilling and are looking for something more adventurous, try Soaked, Slathered and Seasoned.

This isn't specifically a summer cookbook, but its yummy recipes are easy, company-worthy and written with busy cooks in mind. If your summer days tend to be long and full, this could made meal time much easier!

Can you really go wrong with a cookbook devoted to cheese? The selection in here was excellent in every category from breakfast to dessert. Whether it's lazy summer mornings with time to cook a real breakfast or scrounging for something satisfying to bring to a family picnic, you'll find great options here.

Don't let the ho-hum cover of this one fool you - this is a must have! I have never seen this many yummy sounding vegetable dishes in one place. Ever. No crazy ingredients or expensive garnishes. Just great, simple ways to use and love summer produce!

This is the best cookie cookbook ever. Of all time. Find it - ASAP!

 Finally, for my fellow canners out there, check this out. Everyone needs a copy of the Ball Blue Book or Putting Food By, but if you're looking to expand your repertoire this has some delicious and different ideas.

What's your favorite source for summer recipes?

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