Here’s what doesn’t make sense: The season that gives us the biggest bang for our food bucks is the same one in which we attempt to flee the kitchen – all because of the heat? C’mon, people. Install a fan or become bakers and canners of the night. Learn how to wrangle a recipe by prepping in the cool of the morning or by placing a griddle on a gas grill for long simmers.
Because the cookbooks of summer will tempt you. They are handsome and charming and informative. They manage to offer blendings of flavors and cultures you might not have thought of on your own. I’d wager you'll be inspired to make more than three recipes from any one of them.
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