What We’re Loving: Summer Cookbooks




Choosing the right cookbook can be a daunting prospect – with a new book coming out seemingly every day and a glut of choices on the market you want to pick the books that will best suit your cooking needs.  With that very principle in mind the Eat Boutique team came together and made a list of our favorite cookbooks this summer. These are the ones we’re eagerly anticipating and can’t wait to cook from or are totally in love with.

Shall we start with a cocktail?!

The Cocktail Lab: Unraveling the Mysteries of Flavor and Aroma in Drink, with Recipes, by Tony Conigliaro – We constantly thirst for great cocktails on Eat Boutique, and proudly embrace our lushy-ways. So when the UK’s preeminent bartender writes a book, we read. Written by Tony Conigliaro, this fun cocktail book covers recipes influenced by the gastronomy movement and, with boozy breath, we cannot wait for it to hit the shelves on July 16.

The Audacity of Hops: The History of America’s Craft Beer Revolution by Tom Acitelli – Craft beer is the cool thing right now and breweries are putting their signature spin on modern beer, with tasting rooms and beer halls on every corner.  This new book explores why we can’t get enough of all those carefully-crafted brews. Pass me a pint!

And now, let’s get cooking:

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Flour, Too: Indispensable Recipes for the Cafe’s Most Loved Sweets and Savories, by Joanne Chang – Flour Bakery is a Boston institution – with sticky buns that make Bobby Flay jealous and stacks of outgoing pies every Thanksgiving, which is why our humble city is over the moon about Flour, Too. Joanne Chang is wowing us all yet again with a glimpse into the inner-workings of her bakery’s most prized dishes.

Friends at My Table: Recipes for a Year of Eating, Drinking, and Making Merry, by Alice Hart –  This book is for the entertainer in all of us. Alice gives us twelve full menus that make you want to host grand dinner parties and casual brunches for your closest friends. With three full menus for each season that use the freshest, seasonal ingredients this is sure to get you into the kitchen and cooking.

Wicked Good Burgers: Fearless Recipes and Uncompromising Techniques for the Ultimate Patty, by Andy Husbands, Chris Hart, and Andrea Payson – The culinary team that brought us Wicked Good Barbecue is at it again, but this time with Burgers! This bible of burgers covers everything from the bun to the condiments – helping you achieve the perfect burger all summer long. Now go fire up the grill!

Vinaigrettes & Other Dressings: 60 Sensational recipes to Liven Up Greens, Grains, Slaws, and Every Kind of Salad, by Michele Anna Jordan – When the mercury rises and everyone is listless in the heat, turning on the oven is just not an option – we turn to refreshing salads. From green salads to bread salads this great books covers everything. From a classic vinaigrette to homemade bleu cheese dressing Michele has your salads all dressed up.

Cooking with Flowers: Sweet and Savory Recipes with Rose Petals, Lilacs, Lavender, and Other Edible Flowers, by Miche Bacher with photographs by Miana Jun –  Do you ever wander through your garden wondering which of those beautiful blooms you could eat? This book will help you solve that problem, and give you a world of uses for the blossoms to boot. Filled with gorgeous images and creative uses for a rainbow of blossoms you’re going to want an edible flower garden, pronto.

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The Four Season Farm Gardener’s Cookbook: From the Garden to to the Table in 120 Recipes, By Barbara Damrosch & Eliot Coleman – The authors know exactly what the locavore cook is looking for and this is it. As thorough as it is illuminating, this book is both a guide to New England growing and a cookbook. This two section book shares gardening tips and rules in the first half and the second half is filled with beautifully photographed recipes. This is a book that has us itching to get out into the dirt.

The French Market Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes From My Parisian Kitchen, by Clotilde Dusoulier – The Chocolate and Zucchini blogger wows with this book full of recipes inspired by her trips through Parisian markets bursting with seasonal produce. Using local, ripe ingredients means that Clotilde keeps pure unadulterated flavors relevant and fresh through her use of simple ingredients and bright flavors. Full of gorgeous full-color photographs, this book is sure to make any home cook excited to get creative with summer’s bounty.

Smoke and Pickles: Recipes and Stories from a New Southern Kitchen, by Edward Lee – Another book we are looking forward to spending a good chunk of time with is this gem of Southern-Korean cooking. Lee is a southern transplant who takes local flavors and ideas and infuses them with his rich Korean roots.  His seasonal kimchi is beautiful and unexpected as are the sweet words on marriage (and proposals) accompanying it. Related: I will say yes to anyone who proposes with homemade kimchi. I promise.

Food DIY: How to Make Your Own Everything: Sausages to Smoked Salmon, Sourdough to Sloe Gin, Bacon to Buns, by Tim Hayward – Going DIY can truly be a gratifying experience and learning to make the thing you love to eat is something most cooks are thrilled at. Explaining the food DIY basics in a practical, useful way this would be a great addition to any cook’s arsenal.

And some oldies but goodies that we can’t put down!

Canal House Cooking Volume No. 1: Summer, by Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton – We adore the Canal House books and this one is no different. Offering up 81 delicious recipes with gorgeous photos and illustrations throughout this is a must for any cook’s shelf of summer go-tos.

Ginger Bliss and the Violet Fizz, by AJ Rathburn – We love this book, it’s chock full of creative cocktails that use up those great rare liqueurs that are kicking around in your liquor cabinet and you’re just not sure what to do with. AJ offers great history on the more obscure liquors he mixes with as well as a broad selection of cocktails for any palate. The pictures are perfect and you’ll find yourself sipping delicious drinks all summer with this gem.

Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year Round, by Marisa McClellan – When you are overwhelmed by the rich summer bounty and you can’t eat it fast enough, Marisa is there to help with Food in Jars. This book will help you save summer’s lush fruit flavors for the rest of the year by sharing ways to jam, jelly, pickle, and preserve it all.

Homemade Summer, by Yvette van Boven – We’ve shared this one here and a few of our readers even met Yvette at a fantastic lunch at the ICA in Boston.  We adore Yvette’s simple recipes using summer produce and fresh ingredients. Her illustrations and the photography in the book are sure to get you cooking.

That’s our summer list, what cookbooks are you most looking forward to this summer?

Photos taken by Kathy Day.

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