Perfect Summer Cookbooks

Nach Waxman shares a list of the perfect summer cookbooks.

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Perfect Summer Cookbooks

Five favorites to check out

-Nach Waxman, owner of Kitchen Arts & Letters

My bookstore in New York City carries more than 13,000 different books – all of them about food and wine. These are my five favorites for cool, simple, and relaxed delicious summer recipes.

Summer on a Plate

SUMMER ON A PLATE by Anna Pump and Gen LeRoy (Simon & Schuster, 2008)
From Chilled Thai Noodles and Pea and Watercress Soup to Grilled Sweet Potato Fries and Rhubarb and Cocoanut Muffins, a bonanza of hot weather appetite -pleasers.


MEDITERRANEAN FRESH by Joyce Goldstein (WW Norton, 2008)
A lively collection of refreshing main-dish salad meals and creative dressings. Classics such as a fine Salade Nicoise, along with lesser known specialties – like Mussel and Potato Salad with Saffron Mayonnaise and Israeli Chopped Salad with cumin citrus dressing.

Cucina Fresca

CUCINA FRESCA by Viana LaPlace and Evan Kleiman (William Morrow, 1985)
Published nearly 25 years ago, but still popular, this Italian classic specializes in simply prepared dishes meant to be served cold or at room temperature and can all be prepared in advance. Many recipes are even better the next day! Try Arista, – Succulent Pork Roast with Fennel, Fish in Lemon and Cream, Shrimp in a Spicy Lime Marinade or one of their unusual desserts like Red Wine Granita with Thyme. Great screened-porch fare!


SUMMER SHACK COOKBOOK by Jasper White (WW Norton, 2007)
Summer shacks, popular on the east coast, are tiny take-out restaurants near lakes and on the seashore, offering simple food – lobster rolls, fried clams, corn on the cob. Summer Shack Cookbook shows you how to make these favorites plus more. Try their Grilled Fish with Caribbean Salsas, marvelous chowders, fried chicken, corn dogs, and rich, heady potato salads and cole slaws.

SUMMER FOOD by Elizabeth David (NYRB Press, 2002)
One of the all-time greats of good eating in the warmer months! This famed British writer’s recipes are punctuated with witty bits of teaching and wry commentary. Try her Italian Chicken Fricasee, Iced Haddock Soup, Glazed Carrots with Mint, or the amazing Blackberries with Geranium Cream. Sophisticated and COOL.

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