7 New Summer Cookbooks

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The Too Many Tomatoes Cookbook by Brian Yarvin

You say tomato, I say-oh nevermind. This guide to slicing, dicing, peeling and preserving has recipes for the summer staple from around the world. Buy it at amazon.com.

Cider Beans, Wild Greens, and Dandelion Jelly by Joan E. Aller

Aller moved from California to Appalachia decades ago. Here, she pairs recipes with photos and writing in an effort to preserve the traditions—and the tastes-of the region. Look out for recipes for Cherokee pepper pot soup, baked catfish with pecans and corn liquor (aka moonshine). To buy the book go to amazon.com.

Porch Parties by Denise Gee, Photography by Robert M. Peacock

Pull up some wicker and pour yourself a Gumby Slumber, a Blackberry Smash, a Hibiscus Punch and more. Plus, mine Gee’s festive decorating ideas (i.e. bottled drinks in an antique baby bathtub). To buy the book go to amazon.com.

Canning Preserving with Ashley English

Need a summer hobby? Try home canning, which is quickly becoming a movement in "city apartments and country kitchens, as more and more of us reconsider how food ends up on our plates." Plus, there’s all of those cute mason jars. Summer, it turns out, is a big season for canners, who pressure seal cherries, peaches, nectarines, tomatoes and fresh herbs. Use this book’s delicious seasonal recipes when you bring your canned goods out of the closet. To buy the book go to amazon.com.

Super-Charged Smoothies by Mary Corpening Barber and Sara Corpening Whiteford

Give your blender a workout with more than 60 smoothie recipes, including Hush the Hormones (cherries, bananas, pomegrante-apple juice), Gazpacho Gratitude, Strawberries All the Way and more. Our favorite feature: the easy-to-read nutritional chart at the back of the book. To buy the book go to amazon.com.

Farmers’ Market Desserts by Jennie Schacht

Carry this book the next time you cruise your local farmers’ market. It’s got tips and recipes on transforming exotic, high-quality ingredients into fresh and fabulous desserts-Strawberries & Cream Cake Roll, Grilled Fig Sundaes with Balsamic Fudge, Mojito Melon Balls-as well as a seasonal produce chart. To buy the book go to amazon.com.

Spice Dreams by Sara Engram and Katie Luber

You’ll scream for these sophisticated ice cream scoops: chile-lemongrass, brown sugar and spiced banana, chile-orange-chocolate sorbet and more. To buy the book go to amazon.com. WANT MORE SUMMER BOOKS? CLICK HERE FOR THE BEST BOOKS FOR ARMCHAIR TRAVELING.

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