In the midst of summer here are some new cook books whose recipes will compliment the season!

Alaska from Scratch Cookbook: Seasonal. Scenic. Homemade. by Maya Wilson:

Based on a wildly popular blog of the same name, this gorgeous and cozy cookbook showcases the beauty and seasonal ingredients of Alaska. While the book showcases Alaska’s famous wild berries, salmon, halibut, and even moose, all the recipes are designed to be simple and adaptable – Maya Wilson provides substitutions that can be found everywhere.

Black Girl Baking: Wholesome Recipes Inspired by a Soulful Upbringing by Jerrelle Guy:

Growing up sensitive and slightly awkward in a race-conscious space, Guy decided early on that good food is the most powerful way to connect, understand, and heal. She leads readers on a sensual baking journey, using the fives senses, as she retells food memories with ingredients that involve whole flours, less refined sugar, and vegan alternatives.

Campout Cookbook: Inspired Recipes for Cooking Around the Fire and Under the Stars by Marnie Hanel: 

Finally, here’s a cookbook that complements the magic of gathering around a campfire and sharing a meal with friends. From the IACP Award-winning authors of The Picnic, which brought taste and style to eating outdoors (in the daytime), comes its companion, for leaving civilization behind and dining under the stars. A mix of dishes to make ahead and meals to cook on-site, The Campout Cookbook includes more than 75 recipes for wood-fired skillet pizzas; backcountry stews and chilies; fire-roasted vegetables and cast-iron breads; unexpected dips, jerkies, and high-energy bars; breakfasts to satisfy that yawning hunger that comes from sleeping in the fresh air; s’mores, of course (including Vanilla Bean Dream Marshmallows & Co. and Dark Chocolate Raspberry Caramel Fire-Ban S’mores); and cocktails, coolers, warm libations for chilly nights, and a Blood Orange Bug Juice.

Chinese Soul Food: A Friendly Guide for Homemade Dumplings, Stir-Fries, Soups, and More by Hsiao-Ching Chou:

Chinese food is more popular than any other cuisine and yet it often intimidates North American home cooks. Chinese Soul Food draws cooks into the kitchen with recipes that include sizzling potstickers, stir-fries that are unbelievably easy to make, saucy braises, and soups that bring comfort with a sip. These are dishes that feed the belly and speak the universal language of “mmm!”

Great Tastes: Stories & Recipes from Morning to Midnight by Danielle Kosann:

Founders of popular website The New Potato mix food with lifestyle in this trendy, healthy cookbook: funny anecdotes, celebrity run-ins, and a healthy serving of fashion. Now, their debut cookbook brings together those antics and anecdotes with 85 original recipes that anyone can make, as long as they’re hungry and have a kitchen. Lime-Blueberry Pancakes? Stack ‘em. Sweet Pea Carbonara? Give it a twirl. Then finish the night off with a Bourbon Chai. Pull up a chair, have a bite, and get ready for some great stories on the side.

Healthy Make-Ahead Cookbook: Wholesome, Flavorful Freezer Meals the Whole Family Will Enjoy by Robin Donovan:

Make ahead meals have always been convenient. Now, with The Healthy Make Ahead Cookbook, these hassle-free meals are wholesome and nutritious, too!

Instant Pot Italian: 100 Irresistible Recipes Made Easier Than Ever by Ivy Manning:

The Instant Pot has made getting dinner on the table easier than ever. And Italian food is a perfect partner for your Instant Pot, think rich and meaty braises, one-pot pastas, risotto, stuffed artichokes, and more. This authorized Instant Pot cookbook offers 100 delicious, sure-to-please recipes for weeknight cooking and beyond.

Just Cook It!: 145 Built-To-Be-Easy Recipes That Are Totally Delicious by Justin Chapple:

Justin Chapple may have trained at the French Culinary Institute, but he knows how people really cook at home. He grew up with a large family, first learning kitchen tricks from his grandmother who made do with whatever they had, and she made the food delicious. Now Justin is the host of Food & Wine’s award-nominated Mad Genius Tips video cooking series, and appears regularly on TODAY and other television shows as their resident kitchen hack expert. Now he is putting all of his expertise to good use in Just Cook It!, a collection of 125 mouthwatering recipes like Avocado Pizza with Dukka and Stovetop Mac-n-Cheese with Bacon Breadcrumbs, with Justin’s signature time-saving tips and hacks throughout

Margaritaville: The Cookbook: Relaxed Recipes for a Taste of Paradise by Carlo Sernaglia:

Warm sun, cool drink, and the clock set to island time — that’s Margaritaville! Recipes such as Cheeseburgers in Paradise, Shrimp Mofongo al Ajillo, and Baby Back Ribs with Guava Barbecue Sauce, along with Frozen Watermelon and Mint Margaritas, bring the flabor of island living and the spirit of Jimmy Buffett’s iconic song straight into your home.

Secrets of the Southern Table: A Food Lover’s Tour of the Global South by Virginia Willis:

“In Secrets of the Southern Table, award-winning chef and cookbook author Virginia Willis takes you on a tour of today’s South a region rich in history and cultural diversity. With her signature charm and wit, Virginia shares many well-known Southern recipes like Pimento Cheese Tomato Herb Pie and “Cathead” Biscuits, but also some surprising revelations drawn from the area’s many global influences, like Catfish Tacos with Avocado Crema, Mississippi-Style Char Siu Pork Tenderloin, and Greek Okra and Tomatoes.

Shredded Chef: 120 Recipes for Building Muscle, Getting Lean, and Staying Healthy by Michael Matthews:

If you want to know how to build muscle and burn fat by eating healthy, delicious meals that are easy to cook and easy on your wallet … It’s 282 pages of practical dietary wisdom backed by over 115 scientific studies (all referenced, of course!) and decades of anecdotal evidence.

Simply Vibrant: All-Day Vegetarian Recipes for Colorful Plant-Based Cooking by Anya Kassoff:

With everyday recipes inspired by the seasons and practical preparations, Anya Kassoff leads the way to colorful, internationally-flavored foods that delight the palate and the eyes. This book offers a modern way to eat, breaking the boundaries between sweet and savory with intuitively nourishing foods. Start your day with Creamy Steel Cut Oats with Rainbow Chard and Pine Nuts, throw together a rainbow-colored salad for lunch or make black rice sushi for a quick snack, and later, feed your sweet tooth and your body with Sweet Potato Chocolate Brownies. This is fresh, fun, delightful whole food.

Story of Food: An Illustrated History of Everything We Eat by Josephine Bacon: 

This glorious visual celebration of food in all its forms reveals the extraordinary cultural impact of the foods we eat, explores the early efforts of humans in their quest for sustenance, and tells the fascinating stories behind individual foods. With profiles of the most culturally and historically interesting foods of all types, from nuts and grains, fruits and vegetables, and meat and fish, to herbs and spices, this fascinating culinary historical reference provides the facts on all aspects of each food’s unique story.

Vbq–The Ultimate Vegan Barbecue Cookbook: Over 80 Recipes–Seared, Skewered, Smoking Hot! By Nadine Horn:

Calling all vegans: it’s your turn at the grill!

BBQ, make way for VBQ: smoky, succulent, and completely plant–based barbecued fare. Nadine Horn and Jörg Mayer have transformed the art of grilling into a veggie lover’s feast—complete with Grilled Bok Choy and Peppered Tofu Steak and everything in between. Here are over 80 recipes to satisfy every craving for food that’s fresh and fiery:

• BBQ classics: Eggplant Hot Dogs, Cauliflower Cutlets, Pulled Mushrooms Sandwiches

• Savory sides and sauces: Crunchy Coleslaw, Grilled Potato Salad, Cashew Sour Cream

• Global inventions: Eggplant Gyros, Tandoori Tofu Skewers, Vietnamese Pizza

Have a great day!

Linda, SSCL

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