Summer is my favorite time of year for trying out new recipes. There are so many fresh fruits and vegetables available, which is great for me because I don’t tend to eat a lot of meat, but still have so many delicious dinner options to choose from thanks to an abundance of produce.
If you like to cook and could use some new inspiration for your meal planning, here are five of my favorite cookbooks that I highly recommend you check out.
Cooking From The Farmer’s Market is my go-to cookbook whenever I need ideas about how to best to use the veggies we get from our CSA. For the most part of the recipes are really simple to follow, and everything I’ve made from this book has been great. I haven’t tried my hand at too many of the dessert recipes, but this may be the summer to give those a shot.
Nearly every recipe in this book requires just a few ingredients and they are so easy to make. These recipes are a great way to break out of your regular cooking routine and try some new flavors and food combinations that you might not have otherwise considered. This cookbook is where I first learned of the magic that is garam masala.
Turns out that pretty much everything yummy that I remember from my childhood came from The Fannie Farmer Cookbook. It has the pancake recipe that I still use all the time, as well as the pumpkin bread that I make every fall. There are so many useful recipes in this cookbook, but I particularly like it for all of its baked goods. I am not a huge baker, but whenever I get the urge to make cookies or try out a new quick bread, I always check this cookbook first because I just know it will have the recipe I need.
Summertime should be all about making the most of your longer days and spending more time socializing and less time in the kitchen bringing your meal together. The One Pot cookbook is perfect for planning meals that don’t need a ton of your attention and require very little cleanup. There’s a one pot pasta recipe in here that has become one of our favorite recipes. We make it a lot. It’s requires some brief slicing of vegetables, then everything goes in one pot at once and 10 minutes later dinner is ready. It’s so great for a lazy summer evening.
Lastly, if you’re looking for a special meal to make for a summertime gathering, I highly recommend you give paella a try. What initially seems like an overwhelming, difficult culinary experiment is actually quite easy to execute and really fun to make. We got this cookbook as a wedding present and it is by far our most well used recipe book. You can tell from the stains on the cover in the picture just how much use it gets. We make paella every year at Christmas, but there are some wonderful recipes that are more specific to the spring and summer seasons. Each recipe makes a ton of food, so you can feed a big crowd and it’s a perfect meal for a beautiful summer evening with a nice bottle of wine and some of your favorite people.