Summer Eats

Cookbooks for the Summer!

By Amy

I love all the seasons, but summer is my favorite flavor. Don’t get me wrong, I like pumpkin spice as much as the next millennial, but nothing beats a leftover picnic by the creek or a slice of fresh peach cobbler for breakfast. And who doesn't drool over the thought of breaking out the grill?  Whether you’re avoiding the oven so you don’t overheat the house, or looking for the perfect recipe to use up all the veggies you bought at the farmers market, we have a cookbook for you.

Over Easy, by Joy Wilson: Summer Brunch Anyone? This book is the only guide you need for everything from breakfast cocktails to the perfect Hollandaise sauce for your eggs Benedict. It also has plenty you can make ahead to enjoy over the work week.

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Eating from the Ground Up, by Alana Chernilla: “Here are dishes so simple and quick that they feel more intuitive than following a typical recipe. Soups for year-round that are packed with nourishment, and ideas for maximizing summer produce” - BOTB. This book will take you way beyond a basic salad.


Outlandish, by Morgan Sjogren: This book will have you plotting your next camping adventure, as well as the meals to go with it. An awesome summer read set all over the Southwest, with easy no-fuss recipes to fuel even the most extreme adventures. They also make for great home recipes when you don’t want to turn anything on in your kitchen.  

Pie in the Sky, by Susan G. Purdy: I avoid using my oven as much as possible in the summer, but with Flagstaff’s cooler evenings and this high-altitude baking guide, staying up a little later to eat a fresh baked pastry is well worth it.

The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book, by Loren Bouchard and Cole Bowden: For the pun-loving grill master, this book has everything you need to make your BBQ guests cringe from punny jokes and groan from delicious food.

Dirty Gourmet, by Aimee Trudeau, Emily Nielson, and Mai-yan Kwan: Perfect for the car camper or road tripper, this cookbook goes way beyond the hot dog on a stick. It will also teach you how to cook evenly on an open fire with anything from cast-iron to foil.