My Favorite Summer Cookbooks
I collect two things, nail polish and cookbooks. Ironically, I don’t always have my nails done and I certainly don’t cook every recipe from this massive collection. I have more cookbooks that any reasonable home cook should have. They’re wonderful inspiration. I love experiencing food through different perspectives. These are the most lovely of the summer books that I’ve collected so far. Judging by this list, I have a lot of recipes to get in the kitchen and bake! I’m starting with doughnuts and french toast. Yes!
• I love the California stylings of The Lemonade Cookbook. It’s perfect for summertime. Filled with lovely salads like this Watermelon and Snap Pea number, and a mega amount of lemonade inspiration. Well, wouldn’t you expect that from The Lemonade Cookbook? I made this Blueberry Mint Lemonade and swooned for days.
• I like to think that I have a fool-proof and super-supreme doughnut dough base, but I’d really love to experiment with different doughnut recipes. I mean… someone’s got to try all of the doughnuts, might as well be me. Bread, Cake, Doughnut, Pudding is a gorgeous book and the doughnut recipe is on deck in my kitchen.
• The new cookbook from Jeni’s is absolutely beautiful! She has a way of combining wonderfully unusual ingredients into decadent and comforting desserts. I’ve got my eye on the Extra-Strength Root Beer Ice Cream. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Desserts!
• I love the way Diana Henry writes about food. Elegant and inviting. This piece make me want to sit down at a table and share a plate of radishes. Radishes! A Change of Appetite is her latest and most vegetable-centered book. It’s thoughtful and rooted in the seasons. Blackberry and Apple Rye Galette? Done.
• The Bar Book is all about technique! A good cocktail comes from good technique. This book is all about juicing, measuring, shaking, stirring, and garnishing with some awesome classic cocktail recipes.
• I’ll be honest, I bought the Ceviche: Peruvian Kitchen cookbook because I loved the font and lived on a diet of banana y leche smoothies and ceviche while in Costa Rica this year. This is a lovely book with lots of texture and place.
• I’m learning how to grill. Coals, starters, temperatures, smoke, and char! I’m learning. There is so much nuance. The Grilling Book is my grill bible this summer. So far I’ve grilled a ton of chicken, I’m working on my steak, and hoping to nail a pizza sometime soon. Along with grilling here in New Orleans I have lots of white wine and mosquito repellant. It’s perfect.
• The Nourished Kitchen is such a mindful way to approach food and cooking. It’s inspiring for any season. There’s a tutorial on how to make raw milk yogurt, real buttermilk, and a recipe for Sourdough Blueberry Pancakes that look just dreamy!
• This book of food and travel feeds my wanderlust like no other. A Mouthful of Stars. I now want to go to Seoul with Kim Sunee and eat everything ever.
• Let’s Do Brunch! No seriously, let’s! This book is loaded with all sorts of breakfast-y / lunch-y inspirations. It’s a sweet and simple book with a recipe for Almond-Crusted French Toast that I suddenly can’t live without.
• I think I need to ask Libbie Summers to be my best friend. The cover for her book Sweet and Vicious is a sign. Any woman with a frosting-laden knife and cute dress is a soul sister. The book is beautifully photographed and full of deliciously irreverent recipes. Coconut Fluff Cake please and thank you.