Fire up the grill and get cookin’ with these 10 delicious cookbooks just in time for summer. From burgers to seafood to ice cold milk shakes, we’ve got everything you need to host the ultimate summer BBQ.
From the Grill:
A Burger to Believe In: Recipes and Fundamentals by Chris Kronner and Paolo Lucchesi
A deep-dive into the art and philosophy of making the perfect hamburger, with recipes for game-changing burgers and all the accoutrements.
Chris Kronner has dedicated his creative energy, professional skills, and a lifetime of burger experiences to understanding America’s favorite sandwich. In A Burger to Believe In, this trusted chef reveals the secrets behind his art and obsession, and teaches you how to create all of the elements of a perfect burger at home. Including tips for sourcing and grinding high-quality meat, musings on what makes a good bun, creative ideas for toppings (spoiler alert: there are more bad ideas out there than good, and restraint is the name of the game), and more than forty burger accompaniments and alternatives—from superior onion rings to seasonal salads to Filet-O-Fish-inspired Crab Burgers—this book is not only a burger bible, but also a meditation on creating perfection in simplicity.
Korean BBQ: Master Your Grill in Seven Sauces by Bill Kim with Chandra Ram
A casual and practical guide to grilling with Korean-American flavors from chef Bill Kim of Chicago’s award-winning bellyQ restaurants, with 80 recipes tailored for home cooks with suitable substitutions for hard-to-find ingredients.
Born in Korea but raised in the American Midwest, chef Bill Kim brings these two sensibilities together in Korean BBQ, translating Korean flavors for the American consumer in a way that is friendly and accessible.
Kim teaches the fundamentals of the Korean grill through flavor profiles that can be tweaked according to the griller’s preference, then gives an array of knockout recipes. Starting with seven master sauces (and three spice rubs), you’ll soon be able to whip up a whole array of recipes, including Hoisin and Yuzu Edamame, Kimchi Potato Salad, Kori-Can Pork Chops, Seoul to Buffalo Shrimp, BBQ Spiced Chicken Thighs, and Honey Soy Flank Steak. From snacks and drinks to desserts and sides, Korean BBQ has everything you need to for a fun and delicious time around the grill.
A transporting cookbook with easy-to-prepare recipes for gatherings at campgrounds and cabins alike.
Feast by Firelight offers solution-oriented recipes that make cooking outdoors feel effortless and downright fun and it shows how to utilize clever cooking methods, prep food at home, and pack smart. The book includes recipes for camp cooking as well as detailed menus, shopping and equipment lists, and tips showing how to prepare before you leave.
Food52 Any Night Grilling: 60 Ways to Fire Up Dinner (and More) by Paula Disbrowe
This innovative collection of recipes will have you grilling deeply flavorful dishes for lunch, dinner, or any time.
In Food52’s Any Night Grilling, author (and Texan) Paula Disbrowe coaches you through the fundamentals of cooking over fire so the simple pleasure of a freshly grilled meal can be enjoyed any night of the week—no long marinades or low-and-slow cook times here.
Going way beyond your standard burgers and brats, Disbrowe offers up streamlined, surprising recipes for Crackly Rosemary Flatbread, Grilled Corn Nachos, and Porchetta-Style Pork Kebabs, alongside backyard classics like Sweet & Smoky Drumsticks, Gulf Coast Shrimp Tacos, and Green Chile Cheeseburgers. You’ll also be charring fruits and vegetables in coals for caramelized sweetness, bringing day-old bread back to life, and using lingering heat to cook ahead for future meals.
Master of the Grill: Foolproof Recipes, Top-rated Gadgets, Gear, & Ingredients Plus Clever Test Kitchen Tips & Fascinating Food Science by Edited by America’s Test Kitchen
Part field guide to grilling and barbecuing and part cookbook, Master of the Grill features a wide variety of kitchen-tested recipes for meat, poultry, seafood, vegetables, pizza, and more.
These are the recipes everyone should know how to make— the juiciest burgers, barbecue chicken that’s moist not tough, tender grill-smoked pork ribs, the greatest steak (and grilled potatoes to serve alongside). Regional specialties are included, too—learn how to make Cowboy Steaks, Alabama BBQ Chicken, and Kansas City Sticky Ribs. Colorful photography captures the beauty of the recipes and step-by-step shots guide you through everything you need to know. A section on grilling essentials covers the pros and cons of gas and charcoal grills and which might be right for you, as well as the tools you’ll use with them— such as grill brushes, tongs, vegetable baskets, and wood chips and chunks.
Summertime and the Cooking’s Easy:
Provincetown Seafood Cookbook by Howard Mitcham
Provincetown’s best-known and most-admired chef combines delectable recipes and delightful folklore to serve up a classic in seafood cookbooks.
Read about the famous (and infamous!) Provincetown fishing fleet, the adventures of the fish and shellfish that roam Cape Cod waters, and the people of Provincetown—like John J. Glaspie, Lord Protector of the Quahaugs.
Then treat yourself to Cape Cod Gumbo, Provincetown Paella, Portuguese Clam Chowder, Lobster Fra Diavolo, Zarzuela, and dozens of other Portuguese, Creole, and Cape Cod favorites.
In Provincetown Seafood Cookbook you’ll learn the right way to eat broiled crab and the safe way to open oysters. You’ll even learn how to cook a sea serpent!
Debbie Macomber’s Table: Sharing the Joy of Cooking with Family and Friends by Debbie Macomber
Beloved author Debbie Macomber invites you to take a seat at her table in a new cookbook featuring her favorite recipes.
For Debbie Macomber, food means family—recipes and traditions are passed down through generations, and meals provide opportunities for everyone to gather and share their love. In this treasure trove you’ll find one hundred delicious dishes that have become Debbie Macomber’s staples, some inspired by her novels and others by family and friends, including summer favorites like Grilled Fish Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Sauce and Honey-Chipotle Oven-Roasted Ribs.
Ain’t it Sweet?:
Shake Shack: Recipes and Stories by Randy Garutti, Mark Rosati, and Dorothy Kalins
Shake Shack’s first-ever cookbook, with 70 recipes and plenty of stories, fun facts, and pro tips for the home cook and ShackFan.
Follow Shake Shack’s journey around the world; make your own ShackBurgers, crinkle-cut fries, and hand-spun frozen custard shakes at home; and get a glimpse into the culture, community, and inner workings of this global phenomenon.
The Sweet Spot: Dialing Back Sugar and Amping Up Flavor by Bill Yosses and Peter Kaminsky
The Perfect Cake: Your Ultimate Guide to Classic, Modern, and Whimsical Cakes by Edited by America’s Test Kitchen
Cakes are the all-occasion dessert—the center of attention at birthdays, holiday celebrations, and dinner parties. America’s Test Kitchen’s first all-cake book is the definitive guide to any cake you crave from Classic Pound Cake to enjoy anytime to a stunning and impressive Blueberry Jam Cake with brilliant jam stripes and ombré frosting.
In addition to foolproof recipes are features that make towering 24-layer Hazelnut-Chocolate Crêpe Cake as approachable as Applesauce Snack Cake. Sidebars include step-by-step photography for cakes with more advanced techniques like piping the ribbons of frosting that help give beautiful Rhubarb Ribbon Cake its name. America’s Test Kitchen’s years of knowledge on the art and science of baking cakes provide all the tips and tricks you need for executing perfect cakes every time.
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