Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau (Ten Speed Press, 2016)
This slim, smart volume scratches two important summertime itches for me: it transports me to another place—Italy -and it is chockfull of lightly bubbly drinks, perfect for the long and languid cocktail hours that populate a satisfying summer. Baiocchi and Pariseau offer an engaging history of the spritz and the aperitivio along with dozens of related cocktails recipes. And once you have a Negroni Sbagliato or a Americano Perfecto in hand? You can whip up any of the 20-plus snacks that will complete your aperitvo table. Saluti!
Lonely Planet (Lonely Planet Publications, 2016)
My dream summers always involve lots of travel. When that isn't the case? Books fill in. The Lonely Planet's guide to street food teaches you about everything from Korean gimbap to Hungarian Langos and Moroccan Sfenj. The only thing missing? Specific information about where to buy these dishes in their origin countries. Enjoy cooking from this book at home or tuck it in your backpack before your travels begin.
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Lisa Hostetler (Aperture 2016)
This book, a project started by Deborah Barsel at the George Eastman House in 1977, combines stunning food photography with many famous photographers' favorite recipes. It is a volume to make even the most seasoned Instagrammer feel like a pretender. The recipes? It's a far cry from The Zuni Cafe, but who doesn't want to learn to make Ansel Adam's Beer-Poached Eggs or Horst P. Horst's Cucumber Salad? Take this book to your vacation rental. Most recipes require minimal equipment and provide endless Instagram fodder. You could host the ultimate summer cook-out with Neal Slavin's Nylen's Frankfurters in Full Dress or end a challening day with Robert Heinecken's Serious Martini.