Kick off the summer with recipes from some of our favorite cookbooks. Whether you’re hosting a party in your backyard or taking a dish to serve at a picnic, celebrate Memorial Day with these delicious summer eats.

Become a BBQ Boss:

Master of the Grill 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), all guaranteed to wow your guests. And, as if the recipes aren’t enough, there is colorful photography that captures the beauty of the recipes and step-by-step shots guide you through everything you need to know.

Everyday Barbecue by Myron Mixon

As the winningest man in barbecue, a New York Times bestselling cookbook author, and a judge on the hit show BBQ Pitmasters on Discovery’s Destination America, Myron Mixon knows more about smoking meat than any man alive. And he’s on a mission to prove to home cooks everywhere that they can make great barbecue any day of the week—in the comfort of their own backyard or kitchen, no matter their skill level. So fire up your grill and get ready to cook incredible barbecue favorites, delectable deserts, and even some drunken recipes!

Franklin Barbecue by Aaron Franklin and Jordan Mackay

A New York Times bestselling complete meat-and brisket-cooking education from the country’s most celebrated pitmaster and owner of the wildly popular Austin restaurant Franklin Barbecue. In Franklin Barbecue, Franklin and coauthor Jordan Mackay unlock the secrets behind truly great barbecue and dedicate chapters to building or customizing your own smoker; finding and curing the right wood; creating and tending perfect fires; sourcing top-quality meat; and of course, cooking mind-blowing, ridiculously delicious barbecue, better than you ever thought possible.

Perfect Your Backyard Burger:

Shake Shack by Randy Garutti, Mark Rosati, and Dorothy Kalins

Bring the taste of Shake Shack to your Memorial Day celebration with Shake Shack’s first-ever cookbook. With 70 recipes and plenty of stories, fun facts, and pro tips for the home cook and ShackFan you can make your own ShackBurgers, crinkle-cut fries, and hand-spun frozen custard shakes at home.

Plus, you’ll get a glimpse into the culture, community, and inner workings of this global phenomenon. This is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

Craft Burgers and Crazy Shakes by Joe Isidori

The debut cookbook from NYC’s viral sensation Black Tap delivers unique recipes for innovative burgers and sensational, over-the-top milkshakes. Black Tap chef-owner Joe Isidori delivers 40 recipes for the restaurant’s signature burgers, tasty condiments and toppings, and gravity-defying milkshakes. With Craft Burgers and Crazy Shakes, readers will be able to prepare and enjoy all of Black Tap’s classic and innovative creations, from their Old Fashioned Burger to the Sour Power Milkshake, in the comfort of their own kitchens, no standing in line required.

Pack Your Picnic Basket:

A Year of Picnics by Ashley English

Planning a picnic this Memorial Day weekend? 

A Year of Picnics offers over 70 picnic-perfect recipes, tips on selecting your location, advice for packing your basket, and creative ideas for outdoor activities.

With just a picnic blanket and a little inspiration, you can transform this Memorial Day into an opportunity to relax, connect, and enjoy the outdoors.

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth:

Food52: Ice Cream and Friends by the editors of Food52

Memorial Day parties are more fun with ice cream—and cones, and sprinkles, and candied nuts, and hot honey—you get where we’re going. Luckily, the editors of Food52 brought together 60 well-tested recipes for frozen desserts of all styles and a billion (give or take a few) ideas for toppings and add-ons. There are also tricks for making ice cream without a maker and spiffing up the store-bought stuff. But don’t be nervous: even if you’ve never made ice cream before, you’re in good hands with this no-fuss, all-fun book. Consider it your permission to play (and eat a ton of really good ice cream).

 Perfect Pies by Michele Stuart

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