Dive into these summer reads
Though I want nothing more than to lie in the sand and do nothing most days, the flavors of summer are too good to treat as a passing fling. This season, I want to cultivate a deep relationship with my food, journey into new culinary territory, and learn a lot of new things along the way.
There are so many great cookbooks out right now. Below are a few that caught my attention.
Ripe Figs by Yasmin Khan
British-Iranian writer and former human rights campaigner Yasmin Khan is back with another book, this time exploring the Eastern Mediterranean cuisine of Turkey, Greece and Cypress. Featuring healthy, seasonal, and vegetable-forward recipes, as well as an exploration of both historical and migratory trends shaping the food of this region, this is the perfect way to expand your summer menu and learning from a renowned writer.
Mother Grains by Roxana Jullapat
Unique grains seem to be all the rage these days, and for good reason. The depth of flavor that can be achieved by swapping generic commercial flours with ancient and heirloom varieties is immense. Although summer might not be baking season, I am more than willing to face the heat in exchange for an ancient grain chocolate chip cookie.
My Shanghai by Betty Liu
An homage to the homestyle Shanghainese food that Betty Liu grew up on, this book explores both the city and its recipes, showcasing the seasonal and local influences of the cuisine.
La Vita e Dolce by Letitia Clark
I’m ready to operate on island time and live the sweet life, and this book seems like the perfect way to do just that. Set to release in July, this book showcases Clark’s favorite sweet recipes inspired by her time living in Sardinia.