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The only cookbook you'll need during the year's warmest months A hot day and hanging over your stove were never meant to be. When fresh produce beckons but you haven't much energy to respond, these recipes help you settle into a more relaxed kind of cooking designed to keep you and your kitchen cool. Untether yourself from the oven with make-ahead meals best served cold (or The only cookbook you'll need during the year's warmest months A hot day and hanging over your stove were never meant to be. When fresh produce beckons but you haven't much energy to respond, these recipes help you settle into a more relaxed kind of cooking designed to keep you and your kitchen cool. Untether yourself from the oven with make-ahead meals best served cold (or at room temp), like poached salmon with cucumber-tomato salad and tzatziki. Fix-and-forget recipes like pulled pork made in the electric pressure cooker and slow cooker won't steam up the kitchen. Equally easy are dinner salads; we've got enough to keep them interesting and varied, from Shrimp and White Bean Salad with Garlic Toasts to Grilled Caesar Salad. Barely more effort are fresh summer recipes requiring the briefest stint in a pan, such as Beet and Carrot Noodle Salad with Pan-Seared Chicken or Braised Sea Bass with Zucchini and Tomatoes. Ready to take the party outside? You'll find all you need for casual patio meals prepared entirely on the grill (from meat to veggies, even pizza). Throw a fantastic cookout with easy starters, frosty drinks, and new twists on picnic must-haves like Spice-Rubbed Picnic Chicken, Texas Potato Salad, and Lemony Buttermilk Coleslaw. Visited the farmers' market? Find ideas for main dishes as well as sides inspired by the seasonal bounty, plus the best fruit desserts worth turning on the oven for. To end your meal on a cooler note, turn to a chapter of icebox desserts and no-bake sweets.


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The only cookbook you'll need during the year's warmest months A hot day and hanging over your stove were never meant to be. When fresh produce beckons but you haven't much energy to respond, these recipes help you settle into a more relaxed kind of cooking designed to keep you and your kitchen cool. Untether yourself from the oven with make-ahead meals best served cold (or The only cookbook you'll need during the year's warmest months A hot day and hanging over your stove were never meant to be. When fresh produce beckons but you haven't much energy to respond, these recipes help you settle into a more relaxed kind of cooking designed to keep you and your kitchen cool. Untether yourself from the oven with make-ahead meals best served cold (or at room temp), like poached salmon with cucumber-tomato salad and tzatziki. Fix-and-forget recipes like pulled pork made in the electric pressure cooker and slow cooker won't steam up the kitchen. Equally easy are dinner salads; we've got enough to keep them interesting and varied, from Shrimp and White Bean Salad with Garlic Toasts to Grilled Caesar Salad. Barely more effort are fresh summer recipes requiring the briefest stint in a pan, such as Beet and Carrot Noodle Salad with Pan-Seared Chicken or Braised Sea Bass with Zucchini and Tomatoes. Ready to take the party outside? You'll find all you need for casual patio meals prepared entirely on the grill (from meat to veggies, even pizza). Throw a fantastic cookout with easy starters, frosty drinks, and new twists on picnic must-haves like Spice-Rubbed Picnic Chicken, Texas Potato Salad, and Lemony Buttermilk Coleslaw. Visited the farmers' market? Find ideas for main dishes as well as sides inspired by the seasonal bounty, plus the best fruit desserts worth turning on the oven for. To end your meal on a cooler note, turn to a chapter of icebox desserts and no-bake sweets.

30 review for The Complete Summer Cookbook: Beat the Heat with 400 Recipes that Make the Most of Summer's Bounty

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dani

    This beautiful, dense book, is filled with a ton of recipes!  It's a gorgeous book, it's well-laid out, and there are delicious, tested options for just about everyone. The chapters are as follows: Small bites (dips, spreads, and accompaniments; finger-food appetizers; chilled soups; and a couple recipe extras such as croutons and dipping sauce) Dinner-size salads (salads with meat and chicken, salads with seafood, vegetarian salads; grain, rice, and pasta salads; foolproof vinaigrettes and bold sa This beautiful, dense book, is filled with a ton of recipes!  It's a gorgeous book, it's well-laid out, and there are delicious, tested options for just about everyone. The chapters are as follows: Small bites (dips, spreads, and accompaniments; finger-food appetizers; chilled soups; and a couple recipe extras such as croutons and dipping sauce) Dinner-size salads (salads with meat and chicken, salads with seafood, vegetarian salads; grain, rice, and pasta salads; foolproof vinaigrettes and bold salad dressings, recipe extras) Burgers, sandwiches, and tacos (along with various sauces and toppings for each) Mains inspired by the farmer's market (a huge variety of dishes and flavors, largely vegetarian and vegan dishes, though various dishes have meat while still heavily featuring veggies) Keep cool with counter top cooking (featuring recipes for a traditional slow cooker and recipes for an electric pressure cooker) Dinner off the grill (chicken, beef, pork and lamb, fish and shellfish, vegetables and pizza. There are also notes about the other chapters in which to find grilled tacos and burgers as well as grilled salads.) Picnic-table favorites (salsas, dips, and spreads; poultry, meat, and seafood; side dishes; desserts) Summertime sips (about half alcoholic and half not) Seasonal sides (side dishes featuring summery flavors and produce, as well as some recipe extras) Preserve the season (jams, preserves, and jellies; vinegar pickles; fermented pickles; tomatoes; condiments) Summer fruit desserts (simple fruit desserts; shortcake and trifles; cobbler, crisps, and sonkers; pies and tarts; cakes; foolproof pie crusts) Icebox and frozen sweets (ice pops; puddings; cakes and cookies; pies; ice cream and more; ice cream sundae bar) The book also begins with tips for summer cooking and eating, tips for storing produce, some sample summertime menus, and a review of ATK's favorite summer equipment (everything from citrus juicers to spiralizers to nonstick pans and grills).  It ends with nutritional information for the recipes, as well as an index.  In addition, useful information and sidebars are scattered throughout the book.  For example, the chapter on "small bites" features guides on how to assemble a cheese plate and how to prepare crudites.  Several recipes include guides on how to choose and prepare specific ingredients, and much more.  And, like every ATK book, at the beginning of each recipe is a paragraph on "why this recipe works".  It describes what the recipe is, gives an overview of the process, sometimes has special notes about particular ingredients used in the recipe, and sometimes contains background information about the dish and where it's from. This book had great layout.  It's eye-catching, but also useful.  Color-coded labels next to the recipes indicate if it is "fast", "no-cook", and/or "make-ahead".  I like the way the chapters are organized, too, and that they have sub-categories.  It makes things easy to find not just in terms of ingredients, but also moods and cravings.  Many recipes have a color photo, but since there are such a high number of recipes, not every single one has its own photo. Like almost all ATK books, this one is geared towards omnivores, so although many recipes in the book are vegetarian (and sometimes vegan), I wouldn't recommend it to a full-time vegetarian, due to all the recipes that include meat or are based around meat.  Otherwise, a great book that will get you hungry for summer produce and summer flavors!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Felicia

    Liked this one a lot! Another I checked out from the library that's on my "to purchase" list. Liked this one a lot! Another I checked out from the library that's on my "to purchase" list.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lael

    Fabulous. Tons of great recipes.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ashani

    the MOST ESSENTIAL SUMMER COOK BOOK !!!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dray

    Another great resource for ATK. i found quite a few well designed recipes and new ideas in this book. Well worth reading.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shondra

    Great summer cookbook with lots of promising recipes!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Pictures of recipes? Yes. Commentary on recipes? Yes. Nutrition facts? Yes, in the back. Recipe Style? Very fresh with lots of produce. Any keepers? Yes.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nick Salenga

    This is a great book to keep cool & stay inspired as you cook your way through the season.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

  12. 4 out of 5

    Blake

  13. 5 out of 5

    Georgia

  14. 4 out of 5

    Garrett Graham

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anna

  16. 5 out of 5

    Martha

  17. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Kource

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

  19. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katrina E

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cicely

  22. 5 out of 5

    Karen Wrenbeck

  23. 4 out of 5

    Minda

  24. 5 out of 5

    Seazon

  25. 4 out of 5

    sl337litchair

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lana Simmons

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  28. 4 out of 5

    K. M.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mskychick

  30. 4 out of 5

    Christina

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