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8 Summer Cookbooks Filled With Crowd-Pleasing Recipes to Help You Beat The Heat

Featuring everything from beach-house meals to dishes made with in-season tomatoes, these tomes are sure to satisfy!

When the sun goes down and fireflies dance around the sky, the grill is fired up and the backyard is ready to host loved ones. The simplest way to usher in summer is with a yummy meal that makes your own back porch feel like an instant oasis. Please your taste buds this season with recipes that are sure to become a summer hit, like the Tomato Risotto from Simply Tomato by Martha Holmberg, Good Mojo Picón Flank Steak from The Best Grilling Cookbook Ever Written By Two Idiots by Mark Anderson and Ryan Fey and Easy No-Churn Ice Cream by Heather Templeton.

Here, we’ve complied our top 8 favorite summer cookbooks featuring BBQ fare, beachy bites and more. These recipe-packed books will help you cool down on summer days and impress guests on warm nights. Read on for more!

What’s Gaby Cooking: Grilling All The Things by Gaby Dalkin

What's Gaby Cooking: Grilling All The Things by Gaby Dalkin

In her deliciously fun new cookbook, California-inspired chef, entrepreneur and best-selling author Gaby Dalkin is turning home cooks into grill masters! This colorful, grill-season survival guide is packed with an array of hosting tips, menu ideas, grilling and cooking tricks. Also inside: 100 amazing recipes, from low-and-slow meals like Smoked Pork Shoulder and BBQ Baby Back Ribs to high-heat dishes like Minty Lamb Chops and Chipotle Chicken Thighs. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, there’s something for everyone!

What readers are saying: “I have always found grilling to be intimidating until I found this book. Gaby really broke down how simple grilling can be in the first chapter. Not only do you get an education, but the recipes are AMAZING!”

Beach House Dinners by Lei Shishak

Beach House Dinners by Lei Shishak (summer cookbooks)

If you can’t make it to the beach this year — or just want a taste of that carefree, sun-filled feeling every day —check out chef Lei Shishak’s beachy cookbook. Featuring 80 classic coastal dishes, Shishak makes each meal feel like a mini tropical vacation. Her easy tips and shortcuts to making your favorite recipes (like Coconut Shrimp, Lobster Rolls and Lemon Garlic Chicken) fast and easy ensures you’ll spend less time cooking. That means you have more time to enjoy every beachy bite!

What readers are saying: “This is one of the prettiest cookbooks you will ever see! From the first page the book just exudes a feeling of relaxation. You can almost smell that salty beach air.”

Modern Freezer Meals by Ali Rosen

Modern Freezer Meals by Ali Rosen

If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the idea of cooking on extra-busy weeknights — we sure do! — then this delicious, make-ahead cookbook is for you. Ali Rosen, TV host and food journalist, offers 100 easy, freezer-friendly recipes that take mere minutes to warm up. Her delectable dishes — like Bacony Greens with Beans, Ricotta Gnocchi, Pulled Pork and Grits — come with how-to tips for healthy, tasty, ready-to-go meals! 

What readers are saying: “Meal prep is a hot topic these days, but it’s hard to make into a regular habit if you don’t know how to make your freezer your friend. Ali Rosen’s book is chock-full of practical advice for how to get the most of your make ahead meals. I’m so grateful for all the time it saved me.”

Simply Tomato by Martha Holmberg

Simply Tomato by Martha Holmberg (summer cookbooks)

Fresh, juicy tomatoes are one of nature’s most delicious treats! And in her latest book, chef Martha Holmberg shares 100 tomato recipes for every season. Whether they’re straight off the vine or from the grocery store, she shares no-fuss steps for making a variety of easy tomato meals packed with glorious flavor and zest! Dishes like Tomato and Zucchini Gratin, Stuffed Tomatoes with Spiced Beef Piccadillo and Roasted Tomato Pastry Puff are sure to bring joy to your kitchen!

What readers are saying: “I always love Martha Holmberg’s books, but an entire book on my favorite food is a dream. The recipes are clear, innovative and frankly, revelatory. I’m a decent cook but lack the imagination to think that a squeeze of lime or a tomato shrub would elevate a dish or cocktail to new heights, and this book thought me to how to do it with ease!”

Rooted Kitchen: Seasonal Recipes, Stories, and Ways to Connect with the Natural World by Ashley Rodriguez

Rooted Kitchen cookbook

Wouldn’t it be helpful to have a cookbook organized by season? Well, award-winning food writer Ashley Rodriguez’s cookbook does exactly that! With more than 80 delicious recipes — like Rhubarb Tart for spring and Cherry Tomato Confit for summer — each page celebrates a different season and all the fresh bounty that comes with it. She also shares personal essays and clever cooking tips!

What readers are saying: “I have been a fan of Ashley’s cookbooks for years and this one is as excellent as the last two. Gorgeous photography, easy to follow recipes and delicious results!” 

The Outdoor Table: Recipes for Living and Eating Well by Alanna O’Neil

The Outdoor Table: Recipes for Living and Eating Well by Alanna O’Neil

Whether it’s a birthday brunch, an anniversary dinner or a baby shower, nature enthusiast and entertaining pro Alanna O’Neil knows how to make it wow-worthy: Take it outside! In her book, she shares easy strategies to set the scene for the perfect outdoor gathering. From tablescape, lighting and flower tips to time-saving recipes— like Herb Potato Salad, Maui Mahi Burgers and Sweet Buns — you’ll spend less time in the kitchen and more time celebrating!

What readers are saying: “The book is a stunning addition to any book lovers/foodies collection. The recipes look absolutely delicious, and provide an excellent excuse to entertain others or indulge yourself!”

Easy No-Churn Ice Cream by Heather Templeton 

Easy No-Churn Ice Cream by Heather Templeton (summer cookbooks)

Dessert connoisseur and author Heather Templeton, founder of Heather’s Home Bakery, promises you don’t need bulky equipment to make silky-smooth summer ice cream. Just pick up one magical ingredient: sweetened condensed milk. In her guide, she shares no-churn techniques and easy recipes for 50+ flavors — from Vanilla to Blueberry Pie to Cookie Butter Swirl. Simply combine ingredients, pour in a pan, freeze and enjoy. She even has gluten-free and dairy-free swaps to satisfy every sweet tooth — delicious! 

What readers are saying: “This is book is so original and perfect. With easy step by step directions and beautiful photos, you can bet that your whole family will enjoy this!”

The Best Grilling Cookbook Ever Written By Two Idiots by Mark Anderson and Ryan Fey

The Best Grilling Cookbook Ever Written By Two Idiots by Mark Anderson and Ryan Fey

Often seen on the Food Network and the Today Show, celebrity chefs Mark Anderson and Ryan Fey — despite being known as The Grill Dads — are not trained chefs or culinary professionals. They’re just two dads with a passion for grilling up anything in their backyard. They joke that people at home can watch them and say, “If these two idiots can do it, I can too.” In their cookbook, the duo breaks down the art of grilling versus barbecuing and provides step-by-step recipes that are both simple and delicious. From soups and salads to mains and appetizer, The Grill Dads have a recipe for amateur cooks and grill masters alike.

What readers are saying: “It’s humorous and The Grill Dads are very relatable. Also pictures are included with each recipe. Recipes are easy and use ingredients that are normally found in the pantry.”


For more summer recipes, keep reading:

How to Grill Burgers: Chef’s Secret to the Juiciest Patties — Perfect for 4th of July

Shortcut Rhubarb Pie Recipe Makes It So Easy to Celebrate a Taste of Summer

How to Grill Corn on the Cob: Chef’s Trick for Perfectly Charred, Juicy Kernels

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