The Atlantic had a great piece this week written by chef and restaurateur Sarah Jenkins about the simplicity of home cooking and how it’s so much better than even the best restaurant food. Summer is a magnificent time for home cooking because the foods available are so inspirational. So I thought for this weekend’s reads, I’d point you to some information on summer cookbooks.

  • NPR featured 10 of 2011’s simple, summery cookbooks on a recent show. Their choices feature local produce, seafood, meat, and even one about milk and cookies.
  • The International Association of Culinary Professionals has announced its 2011 cookbook award winners and Huffington Post has the details.
  • Martha Stewart Living Radio has a free grilling cookbook that you can download. BBQ nachos anyone?
  • And, if you’re interested in some of my recommendations, check out my review for Emeril Lagasse’s “Farm to Fork” (I made the Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp recipe from it last week, and it was delicious), Sheryl Crow’s “If It Makes You Healthy,” and Susannah Blake’s “Seasonal Food.”
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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Weekend reads: Summer cookbooks
Food news and items of interest from around the Web for your weekend reading.