Get Your Eat On with Summer Cookbooks

With each season comes a new menu. Whether it’s a barbecue, picnic or sunset dinner, these books have great recipes for summer dining.

The Book of Burger

Are burgers not the official food of summer? Food Network chef Rachel Ray has created the ultimate burger book, including tips on what ingredients to include in your patty, how to grill it perfectly, and what to top it with. But it’s more than burgers; it also features recipes for hot dogs, sliders, sides, sloppies, fries, sauces and more.

Good Food to Share (Williams-Sonoma)

Summer is a great time of year to share food with friends and family. This book features recipes that are perfect for just that, from starters to dessert and everything in between. Mouthwatering recipes include brined pork loin with apricot-onion mostarda, maple-glazed sweet potato wedges and grilled peaches with cardamom cream, to name a few.

Adventures in Grilling

The start of summer means firing up the grill again. Whether you’re a novice or grilling enthusiast, this book offers an adventurous approach to the craft. In addition to telling you what to grill, from veggies to meats to seafood, this book also teaches you how to grill using the right tools and techniques.

Ice Pops

Who wants chocolate or vanilla when you can have bright watermelon and lime, rich chocolate layered with raspberries, green tea with pomegranate, or champagne-infused mimosa? This book is the guide to homemade ice pops, with everything you need to know about ingredients and freezing and unmoulding techniques. With over 40 recipes, there’s something for everyone.

The Book of Burger

Now that the weather is nicer, there is nothing more enjoyable than heading outside to fire up the grill. But there are so many more options than just plain old burgers. This June, Rachael Ray authors a new cook book that ensures we never eat a boring hamburger ever again!

Whether you’re cooking for one or for one hundred in your own backyard burger bash, The Book of Burger has you covered for bringing family and friends together for the love of burgers! Please ’em all—big and small—with everything from burgers to sandwiches, hot dogs, fries, sliders, and sloppies, and so much more.

Start with Rach’s “Big Spicy Mac,” tempting you from the cover, or go with the heavenly French Onion Burgers. And if beef isn’t your thing, there are plenty of chicken, pork, salmon, veggie, and lamb patties. Want a mind-blowing sandwich? Whip up the BEST one Rachael has ever made: the 7-Hour Smoked Brisket Sandwich with Smoky BBQ Sauce. Rachael even shares her legendary pickle recipe and her own homemade burger blend. Want a fun, cute, tasty bite-size treat to pass around? Rachael is slider obsessed and you will be, too: try the Mexican Pulled Pork Sliders.

With more than 200 recipes to choose from, you could make a different recipe every night of the week!

The book isn’t in stores until June 5th, but you can try out a few recipes for yourself right now! If you make one of the recipes below, please email us at audrey@simonandschuster.ca or comment on this post and let us know how it went!

Sage-scented burgers with fontina and roasted squash

Messy Giuseppe

Indian-spiced patties with yogurt sauce

Bourbon BBQ pulled chicken sandwiches and green apple slaw

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