I'm a cookbook-aholic. It's not a confession — it's just a fact. If you love cookbooks, too, here's a look at some recently published cookbooks that will help you make the most of what is in your garden, at the farmers markets, or at the roadside stands. Descriptions come from the publishers comments about each book.
- "Mark Bittman's Kitchen Express: 404 Inspired Seasonal Dishes You Can Make in 20 Minutes or Less" — There isn't a week that goes by that I don't grab Bittman's How to Cook Everything off my bookshelf so I'm excited to get my hands on this one. This new book includes no-sweat recipes that are divided into four sections: summer, fall, winter and spring. They capitalize on the freshest ingredients of each season while whittling down the prep time of ordinarily elaborate dishes like coq au vin and ricotta cheesecake to 10 minutes or less.
- "Sustainabily Delicious: Making the World a Better Place One Recipe at a Time" by Michel Nischan — This book contains recipes that prove the most satisfying food comes from a passionate respect for America's culinary and environmental legacy.
- "In the Green Kitchen: Techniques to Learn by Heart" by Alice Waters — Our lifestyle blogger Siel did a review of this cookbook that showcases basic cooking techniques every cook can and should master along with recipes using each method.
- "Southern Living Farmers Market Cookbook: A Fresh Look at Local Flavor" — Recipes arranged according to season that make the most of the bounty of fresh ingredients found at local markets, U-Picks and farm stands. Whether you have your own backyard vegetable patch or pick your produce from the local market, you'll find an abundance of garden-fresh Southern Living recipes that will bring vibrant flavor to the dining table.
- "Home Grown: A Guide for Creating a Cook’s Garden" by Marta Teegan — 50 recipes accompany this book that discusses how to swap the annuals for edibles and create attractive beds and containers that both beautify the yard and provide a bounty of fresh produce.
- "Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods" — This book by the publishers of the regional Edible magazines profiles local food artisans who are making a difference and provides 80 seasonal specialty recipes that incorporate the very best local foods from every region of the United States.
- "The Locavore's Handbook: The Busy Person's Guide to Eating Local on a Budget" by Leda Meredith — This book doesn't look like it has a lot of recipes, but I wanted to include it here. It contains practical, down-to-earth advice that guides readers through the process of incorporating locally grown foods into their meals. In a concise book designed for mainstream readers, she discusses budgeting; sourcing, growing, and preserving food; shopping efficiently; and supporting local merchants and planet Earth.
Have you gotten a look at any of these new cookbooks or come across one that I didn't mention? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.