10 Tantalizing Summer Cookbooks

These ten cookbooks will up your summer chef game.

Grab your apron and dive into these summer-centric cookbooks, perfect for inspiring backyard BBQ bashes and simpler, date-night fare.


  1. The Fat Radish

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    The owners and chef behind the hit NYC restaurant share everyday recipes from their constantly evolving menu.

    SHOP NOW: The Fat Radish Kitchen Diaries by Ben Towil, Phil Winser and Nick Wilber, $40, JaysonHome.com
  2. The Forest Feast

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    A photographer, artist and food blogger shares with readers 100 vegetarian recipes that are wholesome, delicious and inspired by the local produce of her Northern California hometown.

    SHOP NOW: The Forest Feast by Erin Gleeson, $35, JaysonHome.com
  3. The Summer Table

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    The perfect introduction to outdoor cooking and entertaining, the crowd-pleasing menus featured in this cookbook include a Mexican Grill Party, Father’s Day BBQ and a Beach Buffet.

    SHOP NOW: The Summer Table: Recipes and Menus for Casual Outdoor Entertaining, by Lisa Lemke, $20, Amazon.com
  4. Franny's

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    Filled with recipes destined to become classics, this cookbook from a beloved Brooklyn restaurant features simple Southern Italian dishes and exceptional pizza.

    SHOP NOW: Franny's: Simple Seasonal Italian by Andrew Feinberg, Francine Stephens and Melissa Clark, $27, Amazon.com
  5. Endless Summer Cookbook

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    TV personality Katie Lee shares more than 100 recipes that are staples at her famous summer soirees.

    SHOP NOW: Endless Summer Cookbook by Katie Lee, $20, Amazon.com
  6. Smoke & Pickles

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    Chef Edward Lee creates recipes filled with pickling, fermenting, frying, curing and smoking — techniques that led this Korean-American boy to feel right at home in the South.

    SHOP NOW: Smoke and Pickles: Recipes and Stories from a New Southern Kitchen by Edward Lee, $22, Amazon.com
  7. The Perfect Scoop

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    A former Chez Panisse pastry chef presents a frozen treat lover’s dream collection of recipes, including olive oil ice cream, raspberry-champagne sorbet and chocolate granita.

    SHOP NOW: The Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments by David Lebovitz, $18, Amazon.com
  8. Bar Tartine

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    While the chefs of super-successful Bar Tartine are known for their fierce loyalty to using local produce, their cooking is a product of the foods they grew up eating with their families in the Midwest and what they experienced during their travels abroad.

    SHOP NOW: Bar Tartine: Techniques & Recipes by Courtney Burns and Nicolaus Balla, $30, Amazon.com
  9. The Sprouted Kitchen

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    Learn to make delicious and healthy recipes that are fancy enough for dinner parties, simple enough to eat with a spoon while sitting on the couch, and in amounts plentiful enough to have easy leftovers for lunch the next day.

    SHOP NOW: The Sprouted Kitchen Bowl + Spoon by Sara Forte, $17, Amazon.com
  10. Home Made Summer

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    Inspired by her childhood in Ireland and many trips to France, Yvette van Boven presents her favorite recipes for the season with beautiful photos and hand-drawn artwork.

    SHOP NOW: Home Made Summer by Yvette van Boven, $24, Amazon.com