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Summertime Cooking

Written by Lauren G.

There's nothing like summer food: fresh produce, burgers on the grill, ice cream and much more! Whatever you like to eat in the summer, the Library can help you make the most of this fun time of year.  

The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving : Over 350 of the Best Canned, Jammed, Pickled, and Preserved Recipes. Is your summer garden exploding with more produce than you know what to do with? Learn to preserve all that delicious food with this comprehensive guide!  This book makes canning easy for newbies, but includes surprising flavor twists and advanced techniques for those who already know the perks of preserving. The Ball name has been an authority in home food preservation since 1884, and this work puts a fresh new focus on flavor on the stovetop as well as inside the jar.


Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking : 30-Minute Meals Without Gluten, Wheat, Dairy, Eggs, Soy, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Fish, Shellfish, and Sesame by Cybele Pascal and Chugrad McAndrews. Summertime is filled with cookouts, get-togethers and lots of food! But with so many food allergies and dietary restrictions these days, planning a menu for a picnic can get tricky. This cookbook offers a collection of 75 completely allergen-free recipes that are ready in 30 minutes or less, and perfect for everyone in the family.


America's Best BBQ : 100 Recipes from America's Best Smokehouses, Pits, Shacks, Rib Joints, Roadhouses, and Restaurants by Ardie A. Davis and Paul Kirk. There’s never enough BBQ in the summer! No matter your BBQ preference – Kansas City style, South Carolina style, Texas style, Memphis style, or somewhere in between, this cookbook will be sure to fill all your BBQ needs and wants this summer.



Around the Fire : Recipes for Inspired Grilling and Seasonal Feasting from Ox Restaurant by Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quinonez Denton. We Midwesterners eat barbeque year-round, but you can’t have a cookout without breaking out the grill! This cookbook includes 100 innovative and exciting recipes for the backyard griller, all inspired by the live-fire cooking traditions of Latin America.



The Great British Baking Show. Season 3. Hone your baking skills and escape the dog days of summer by binging on Season 3 of The Great British Bake-Off (as it’s called in the UK). You’ll come for the tasty treats and stay for the lovable hosts, judges, and contestants. Warning: This show will be sure to have you greasing your cake tins in no time!



Green Smoothies for Life by J.J. Smith. When it’s just too hot to turn on the oven, fire up the blender for a healthy and delicious smoothie! This cookbook offers tons of great recipes on how you can incorporate smoothies packed with fresh fruits and vegetables into your daily meal plan.



Ice Cream and Friends : 60 Recipes & Riffs for Sorbets, Sandwiches, No-Churn Ice Creams and More by Amanda Hesser. It’s not summer without ice cream! Up your ice cream game with this awesome cookbook that includes recipes, toppings and serving ideas. You’ll impress your family and friends with recipes like coffee frozen custard, cinnamon roll ice cream, grilled watermelon cremoda (a Peruvian treat -- think slushie with frozen fruit), cherry snow cones and more!



The Love & Lemons Cookbook : An Apple-to-Zucchini Celebration of Impromptu Cooking by Jeanine Donofrio and Jack Mathews. It’s the age-old question -- “What’s for dinner?” – and sometimes, we just don’t know. This cookbook offers a spark of inspiration to help you change up your regular cooking routine with more than 100 simple recipes. You’ll be turning all that great summer produce into delicious meals your whole family will enjoy!


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