Looking to grill, cool off, savor some of summer's bounty, and maybe learn some new techniques along the way? This month's cookbook picks will provide all that, plus a bit more....
Charred & Scruffed by Adam Perry LangWhat would summer be without barbecue? Adam Perry offers up an amazing collection of summer's best to challenge your skills. He begins with his twists on classics (such as Smoked Brisket on the Bone with Chimichurri Crust), and moves on to combine high and low heat with dishes like Rib Roast Done Like Steak; and truly pushes the envelope with Clinching--a technique used to cook directly on coals. Mix in some recipes for great sides and sauces, and the result is possibly the only book an avid griller will need this summer. -- picked by Foodie Pam
Recipes to try: 2 viewable recipes from "Charred & Scruffed".
People's Pops by Nathalie Jordi, David Carrell & Joel HorowitzWhen you're trying to beat the summer heat, what's better than lapping up an icy-cold treat? In fact, frozen treats are pretty irresistible all year long; so People's Pops serves up an ingenious collection of frozen pops to highlight the fruits of each season. With pops ranging from rhubarb to apricot to corn--and even pumpkin for the fall--your inner child will remain pleasantly cool throughout the year.-- picked by Foodie Pam
Recipes to try: 2 viewable recipes from "People’s Pops".
Ripe by Cheryl Sternman RuleRipe is part cookbook; part coffee-table book. You will be taken in immediately by all of the brilliant colors--for this book is not divided by the usual course, season, or produce-type. Instead, it is divided by color. In the "red" section, there are breathtaking beets, blood oranges, cherries, cranberries, and pomegranates. The "green" section is packed with bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and fava beans; and so the sections continue, with foods indicative of every color of the rainbow. Beyond this unique color-based organization, the book is visually appealing with photos so inviting I was often tempted to lick the pages. The recipes are not over the top, but simple and easy to prepare, with flavor combinations that showcase seasonal fruits and veggies at their peak. Another unexpected bonus is the addition of lighthearted stories--a combination of preparation tips and mini personal essays sure to make you smile; but most times, will make you laugh out loud,..all the way to your closest farmers' market. -- picked by Heather Jones
Recipes to try: 2 viewable recipes from "Ripe".
Masala Farm by Suvir Saran, Raquel Pelzel, and Charlie BurdWhether you've got a hankering to move to a farm or simply want to cook according to the season, the recipes and stories in Masala Farm are sure to charm. Farmhouse Crispy Cream Potatoes; Chunky Eggplant Dip; and Summer Tomato Pie are just a few of my favorites. Suvir Saranhas not only filled this book with tempting recipes, but his recipe headnotes and "Farm Yarns" make a fascinating read, as well. This book has definitely earned a place on my shelf. -- picked by Foodie Pam
Recipes to try: 2 viewable recipes from "Masala Farm".
The Art of Living According to Joe Beef by David McMillan, Frederic Morin, & Meredith EricksonWhile it is factual to say that Joe Beef is just a restaurant in Montreal, it is also an understatement. Acclaimed chef David Chang describes Joe Beef as having "an amazing vibe"; "it's hard to eat anywhere else in Montreal"; and that Joe Beef is "special" to him. (Chang is not known to dole out praise lightly. And that is another understatement.) If you've ever been to Joe Beef, then most likely you understand the accolades. But even if you haven't been to the restaurant, be prepared to be enchanted--for the book reveals not only recipes, but the distinctive culture and vibe behind Joe Beef. Recreating restaurant food at home is often difficult, and if that's your sole mission here, you could end up disappointed. (Although you'll surely have some mouth-watering fun along the way!) But if in addition to trying some perfectly delicious dishes you also want to read some fascinating foodie tales, you're bound to fall under the spell of The Art of Living According to Joe Beef. -- picked by Foodie Pam
Recipes to try: 2 viewable recipes from "The Art of Living According to Joe Beef".
Disclosure: Review copies of books discussed in this post may have been provided to Project Foodie by publicists and/or publishers.