It’s that time again! I’ve stocked up on so many great new cookbooks for the summer months ahead that I literally cannot go another week without giving y’all the rundown. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s al fresco dining season, or the abundance of tomatoes, watermelon, eggplant, strawberries (you get the picture) at the farmer’s market that makes me giddy with happiness to cook my way through this season. The warmer temps lend themselves to lighter, brighter flavors, plus all this beautiful produce makes healthy eating a snap. Which is a good thing, since we’ve got to balance out all those ice cream and snow cone dates somehow, right? The season’s new crop of cookbooks is brimming with healthy recipes that will make you crave those glow-inducing foods that leave you with a spring in your step, so scroll on for my 7 favorite picks for the summer ahead. I’d love to hear about any new ones I need to discover in the comments!

Healthier Together: Recipes for Two–Nourish Your Body, Nourish Your Relationships

Food writer and health blogger Liz Moody once followed trendy diets and ate solely for fuel, not for flavor. That changed when she met her soon-to-be-boyfriend and they started cooking nutrient- and vegetable-rich meals. She not only fell in love with food again, but she also discovered that setting goals and sticking to them is easier and more gratifying when paired with someone else.

This is one of those rare cookbooks where I want to make literally everything, from General Tso’s Cauliflower to Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies. And it’s all rooted in her balanced approach to healthy, whole foods that are unquestionably delicious.

Love & Lemons Every Day

Like many of you, I love everything that food blogger Jeanine Donofrio puts out there, and her newest cookbook does not disappoint.

From quick weeknight dinners to bright weekend brunches, Donofro presents imaginative meals for any and every day. With recipes like Cauliflower Steaks with Lemon Salsa Verde, Rutabaga Walnut Ragu, and Chocolate Cake with Sweet Potato Frosting, this charming collection is filled with innovative ideas for using vegetable scraps, exciting ways to eat popular produce, and delicious dishes starring often-overlooked vegetables.

Modern Lunch: +100 Recipes for Assembling the New Midday Meal

I will never be one of those people who “forgets to eat lunch”; it’s truly one of my favorite parts of the day. And you will certainly feel like treating yourself with author Allison Day’s brilliant recipes that are simple enough to pack up in a flash; think Chicken and Cucumber Ribbon Salad with Peanut Butter Vinaigrette and Walnut-Crusted Avocado, Feta, and Eggs with Pesto Rice.

Modern Lunch is the new lunchtime hero for time-strapped, budget-conscious, and salad-fatigued people everywhere. Focusing on healthy, quick–and, yes, Instagrammable–recipes with minimal effort, Allison takes readers on a feasting journey inspired by fresh flavors and ingredients, and her travels.

Where Cooking Begins: Uncomplicated Recipes to Make You a Great Cook

Anyone who’s a fan of Bon Appetit is already a fan (whether they realize it or not) of food director Carla Lalli Music’s laid-back and flavor-packed approach to cooking at home. I love the fact that she never adds a step in the process unless it’s absolutely essential.

Music’s modern approach—pick up your fresh ingredients a few times a week, and fill your pantry with staples bought online—will make you want to click on a burner and slide out a cutting board the minute you get home.

Mostly Plants: 101 Delicious Flexitarian Recipes from the Pollan Family 

I love Michael Pollan’s balanced approach to cooking and eating that’s all about nourishing our bodies and souls, summed up in his now-famous mantra: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”

So what does choosing “mostly plants” look like in real life? In families where not everyone is on the same vegetarian page the word “mostly” is key. The point isn’t necessarily to give up meat entirely but to build a diet that shifts the ratio of animal to plants to create delicious––and nutritious––meals sure to appeal to everyone.

This book is full of flexitarian recipes that celebrate vegetables and keep them center stage – perfect for this time of year when their abundance is unmatched. And almost every recipe is uncomplicated and doable for easy weeknight cooking.

 

Dinner for Everyone: 100 Iconic Dishes Made 3 Ways–Easy, Vegan, or Perfect for Company

In our world of rampant dietary restrictions – gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, lectin-free, grain-free, vegan, paleo, you name it! – Mark Bittman’s latest book is absolutely genius. He shares adaptations of every recipe to work for a range of diets and cooking approaches.

Rooted in Mark’s philosophy of using efficient cooking techniques, fresh ingredients, and basic equipment, it’s a one-stop, indispensable reference for life’s ultimate question: What’s for dinner?

Every Day is Saturday: Recipes + Strategies for Easy Cooking, Every Day of the Week

Words can’t express how much I love this cookbook, as much for it’s #goals approach to living each day like the weekend as for it’s delicious recipes. I want to make them ALL. From Morrocan Tomato Toast to Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream Cake, Sarah Copeland’s new book is all about making normal days feel a little more special – while still keeping things simple.

“In this timely, beautiful book, Sarah reminds us that we can bottle the magic of a Saturday night or Sunday supper with friends and family at a long table—where the flavors are bigger, wine flows a little more, and laughter grows little louder…”

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