It’s been a healthy year for cookbooks so far, and what better time to try them out then summertime. We’ve rounded up the 24 best cookbooks for summer cookouts, Labor Day, and beyond. Click through to check them out.
Jackson & Levine, by Laura Jackson and Alice Levine
British broads Laura Jackson and Alice Levine are “supper club supremos” who want to make sure you have all the tools to pull off the perfect dinner party. With 24 distinct menus, their cookbook has choices for every party host.
Inspiralized & Beyond, by Ali Maffucci
Food blogger Ali Maffucci follows up her best-selling cookbook Inspiralized with Inspiralized and Beyond, which presents more innovative spiraling recipes. Whether it’s zucchini, cantaloupe, or sweet potato, Maffucci proves everything tastes better in spirals.
Just Cook It!, by Justin Chapple
In his second cookbook, Food and Wine’s culinary director Justin Chapple delivers 145 recipes for every meal, occasion, and season. The cookbook is perfect for amateur chefs on the go, as Chapple incorporates valuable time-saving tips throughout.
Once Upon a Chef, by Jennifer Segal
Jennifer Segal has gone from food blogger to cookbook author with Once Upon a Chef, titled after her popular blog. This one focuses on family-friendly recipes made with fresh ingredients.
The Ashram Cookbook, by Catharina Hedberg
With more than 100 recipes from L.A.’s famed wellness retreat of the same name, The Ashram Cookbook is an essential read for any vegetarians looking for creative new options.
A Burger to Believe In, by Chris Kronner
Having created the renowned (and aptly named) KronnerBurger, chef Chris Kronner brings his expertise to the page with his debut cookbook, A Burger to Believe In. He gives readers his best burger-making secrets as well as more than 40 recipes for a wide range of delicious eats, such as onion rings, seasonal salads, and crab burgers.
The Vintage Baker, by Jessie Sheehan
This throwback cookbook takes readers back to slow-cooking values with more than 50 cake, cookie, and pie recipes inspired by baking pamphlets from the 1920s to the 1960s. The stunningly photographed book also features headnotes detailing the origins of each recipe, along with retro patterns, illustrations, and photography.
The Provincetown Seafood Cookbook, by Howard Mitcham
Originally published in 1975, Cape Cod chef Howard Mitcham’s essential seafood cookbook has been given new life with an introduction by the late Anthony Bourdain.
Project Fire, by Steven Raichlen
It’s safe to say that with Steven Raichlen’s new cookbook, you won’t want to cook a single meal inside all summer. In his follow-up to Project Smoke, the grillmaster goes far beyond instructions on grilling a perfect steak, with recipes for grilled sangria to sip and cedar-planked pears for dessert.
Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering, by Joanna Gaines and Marah Stets
When you have a full-fledged lifestyle empire that includes a hit television show, a home decor line, a shopping complex, and a new restaurant, it stands to reason that a cookbook wouldn’t be far behind. In Magnolia Table, Joanna Gaines focuses on comfort favorites that can be found in her family’s restaurant of the same name.
Cuba, by Madelaine Vázquez Gálvez and Imogene Tondre
U.S. citizens may now be able to travel to Cuba, but home cooks needn’t look any farther than Cuba to enjoy authentic Cuban cusine. Pulling from Spanish, African, and Haitian influences, Madelaine Vázquez Gálvez and Imogene Tondre capture the mingling of different cultures with every recipe.
Feast: Food of the Islamic World, by Anissa Helou
Award-winning chef Anissa Helou takes readers on a tour through North Africa, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and South Asia, exploring the foods of each region.
How to Grill Everything, by Mark Bittman
With 1,000 (yes, 1,000) recipes, it feels as though Mark Bittman really does grill everything. Among the hundreds of tips: Want to know how to make pound cake on the grill? This one’s for you.
Bosh!, by Henry Firth and Ian Theasby
Who said a plant-based diet can’t be fun? Written by Ian Theasby and Henry David Firth, Bosh! is filled with flavorful recipes that help to make every meal delicious and plant-diet friendly.
What's Gaby Cooking?, by Gaby Dalkin
A lot of California cuisine, apparently. Based on her food blog of the same name, Gaby Dalkin does a deep dive into the quintessential California eats, from avocado toast to grain bowls to margaritas, with 125 Instagram-worthy recipes.
Cake, by Barbara Scott-Goodman and Maira Kalman
With Cake, artist Maira Kalman and food writer Barbara Scott-Goodman bring us a one-of-a-kind illustrated cookbook. Scott-Goodman’s delicious recipes are perfectly complemented by Kalman’s colorful artwork, making Cake not simply a cookbook, but a joyful work of art.
Super Easy Burgers, by Orathay Souksisavanh
Summers by the grill are easy and tasty with this cookbook. Boring burgers no longer!
Michael Symon's Playing With Fire, by Michael Symon
This intimate look at Cleveland-style barbecue offers informative live-fire-grilling tips. The Chew cohost manages to bring a new perspective and a personal touch to an American culinary staple.
Great Tastes, by Danielle and Laura Kosann
Fans of Danielle and Laura Kosann will reconize the pair from their popular blog The New Potato, where food, fashion, and celebrity intersect. The sisters are back with a cookbook that — like their website — not only focuses on food, but also the outfits they wear while eating it. (Also, check out their dinner party guest lists.)
Gather & Graze, by Stephanie Izard
Top Chef’s first female winner, Stephanie Izard is stepping away from the camera and sharing the secrets to her most beloved dishes from her three Chicago restaurants.
Korean BBQ, by Bill Kim with Chandra Ram
Author Bill Kim melds his American upbringing with his Korean heritage for a series of fabulous KBBQ recipes.
The Perfect Scoop: Revised and Updated, by David Lebovitz
After years working as a pastry chef at Chez Panisse and living in Paris, it’s safe to say David Lebovitz knows a thing or two about dessert. In this newly revised cookbook, Lebovitz makes it easy to prepare ice creams, gelatos, sorbets, and more.
Milk Street: Tuesday Nights, by Christopher Kimball
Christopher Kimball has gained popularity with 177 Milk Street, which is essentially his own personal Willy Wonka factory. At this Boston location, he films a television show, records a radio show, and has a cooking school. Now Kimball is back with his second cookbook, Milk Street: Tuesday Nights, the answer to quick midweek meals that never disappoint.
Whiskey in a Teacup, by Resse Witherspoon
Whiskey in a Teacup is more than cookbook. It is the latest extension of Witherspoon’s ever-growing lifestyle brand, an all encompassing Southern lifestyle guide. It sheds light on her upbringing in Nashville, dishes out essential Southern beauty and home décor how-tos, and acts as a love letter to her grandmother Dorothea, a true “whiskey in a teacup.”