The Big Summer Cookbook: 300 fresh, flavorful recipes for those lazy, hazy days

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The big cookbook that celebrates summer bounty and summer fun

Summer means ripe, juicy, fragrant, and delicious fresh fruit and vegetables, barbecues, picnics on the beach and at the park, ready supplies of lemonade and ice cream to beat the heat, and so much more. In The Summer Cookbook, Jeff Cox shares 300 simple, versatile recipes for making the most of summer foods and traditions.

The book includes dishes for every meal or occasion—breakfast and brunch recipes, finger foods, sandwiches, salads, soups, main dishes, sides, desserts, and drinks. It will be the guide to turn to for gazpacho, lobster rolls, a super selection of salads, chilled summer soups, grilled burgers, steaks, veggies, and luscious fruit pies.

  • Offers 300 recipes that bring out the best of the most bountiful season
  • Includes a rundown of seasonal summer foods, reveals which months are the best for finding them, and lists items and ingredients every summer pantry should include
  • Special features: Summer Spotlights on ingredients and Good to Know technique sidebars offer practical guidance
  • Written by Jeff Cox, who is the author of 17 books, including The Organic Cook's Bible and The Organic Food Shopper's Guide

Whether you're hosting a big backyard family reunion or just having a few people over for a cookout, The Summer Cookbook is the ideal cookbook for those perfect summer days.

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Celebrate the season's bounty with these luscious summer recipes!

Summer is the most delicious season, when markets burst with the sweetest fruits, the juiciest vegetables, and the freshest, most aromatic herbs. It's also the season when we gather in parks and backyards for picnics and barbecues, armed with ready supplies of meat for the grill, summery salads and sides, refreshing ice-cold drinks, and delicious desserts.

In The Big Summer Cookbook, Jeff Cox shares 300 simple, versatile recipes that range from classic American summertime staples to creative takes on the season's best produce. Whether you're hosting a big outdoor party or an intimate dinner on the porch, serving brunch to summer house guests or packing lunch for the beach or lake, you'll find plenty of great ideas for turning every summer meal into a feast for the soul and the senses.

  • Breakfast and brunch: Lemon Pancakes, Easy Tomato Tarts, and Zucchini Quiche

  • Summer sandwiches and breads: Fish Tacos, Lobster Rolls, and Italian Hoagies

  • Fresh, cool salads: Grilled Corn Salad, Watermelon-Mango Salad, and Cole Slaw

  • Must-Have main dishes: Blue Cheese and Bacon Burgers, Southern Fried Chicken, and Mango Shrimp

  • Flavorful vegetables and sides: Grill-Roasted Corn on the Cob and Quick Skillet Squash

  • Desserts: Peach Delight, Summer Stone Fruit Cobbler, and Blueberry-Yogurt Popsicles

  • Plus: frozen drinks, finger foods, dips, dressings, marinades, and much more!

About the Author:

Jeff Cox is the author of 17 books about organic food, wine, and gardening, including The Organic Cook's Bible and The Organic Food Shopper's Guide. As the former managing editor of Organic Gardening magazine, Cox helped guide the organic foods movement into the mainstream. He writes for Decanter magazine, for The Wine News, and for his blog at OrganicFoodGuy.com, where you can share your own summer food memories and ideas. Follow him on Twitter @wellread.

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