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The Big Summer Cookbook: The 300 Fresh, Flavorful Recipes for Those Lazy, Hazy Days [Paperback]

Jeff Cox

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16 April 2010
The big cookbook that celebrates summer bounty and summer fun Summer means ripe, juicy, fragrant, and delicious fresh fruit and vegetables, barbecues, picnics on the beach and at the park, ready supplies of lemonade and ice cream to beat the heat, and so much more. In The Summer Cookbook , Jeff Cox shares 300 simple, versatile recipes for making the most of summer foods and traditions. The book includes dishes for every meal or occasion—breakfast and brunch recipes, finger foods, sandwiches, salads, soups, main dishes, sides, desserts, and drinks. It will be the guide to turn to for gazpacho, lobster rolls, a super selection of salads, chilled summer soups, grilled burgers, steaks, veggies, and luscious fruit pies. Offers 300 recipes that bring out the best of the most bountiful season Includes a rundown of seasonal summer foods, reveals which months are the best for finding them, and lists items and ingredients every summer pantry should include Special features: Summer Spotlights on ingredients and Good to Know technique sidebars offer practical guidance Written by Jeff Cox, who is the author of 17 books, including The Organic Cook′s Bible and The Organic Food Shopper′s Guide Whether you′re hosting a big backyard family reunion or just having a few people over for a cookout, The Summer Cookbook is the ideal cookbook for those perfect summer days.

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Celebrate the season′s bounty with these luscious summer recipes! Summer is the most delicious season, when markets burst with the sweetest fruits, the juiciest vegetables, and the freshest, most aromatic herbs. It′s also the season when we gather in parks and backyards for picnics and barbecues, armed with ready supplies of meat for the grill, summery salads and sides, refreshing ice–cold drinks, and delicious desserts. In The Big Summer Cookbook , Jeff Cox shares 300 simple, versatile recipes that range from classic American summertime staples to creative takes on the season′s best produce. Whether you′re hosting a big outdoor party or an intimate dinner on the porch, serving brunch to summer house guests or packing lunch for the beach or lake, you′ll find plenty of great ideas for turning every summer meal into a feast for the soul and the senses. Breakfast and brunch: Lemon Pancakes, Easy Tomato Tarts, and Zucchini Quiche Summer sandwiches and breads: Fish Tacos, Lobster Rolls, and Italian Hoagies Fresh, cool salads: Grilled Corn Salad, Watermelon–Mango Salad, and Cole Slaw Must–Have main dishes: Blue Cheese and Bacon Burgers, Southern Fried Chicken, and Mango Shrimp Flavorful vegetables and sides: Grill–Roasted Corn on the Cob and Quick Skillet Squash Desserts: Peach Delight, Summer Stone Fruit Cobbler, and Blueberry–Yogurt Popsicles Plus: frozen drinks, finger foods, dips, dressings, marinades, and much more!

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Jeff Cox is the author of 17 books about organic food, wine, and gardening, including The Organic Cook′s Bible and The Organic Food Shopper′s Guide . As the former managing editor of Organic Gardening magazine, Cox helped guide the organic foods movement into the mainstream. He writes for Decanter magazine, for The Wine News , and for his blog at OrganicFoodGuy.com, where you can share your own summer food memories and ideas. Follow him on Twitter @wellread.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Recipes, Zero Pictures 18 Mar 2012
By Burgundy Damsel - Published on Amazon.com
The format of the cookbook turned me off; the bright green and orange text on white pages was summery but distracting. The complete lack of pictures was also unimpressive and really made the recipes all flow together. I didn't find any of the anecdotes or non-recipe interludes to be beneficial.

That said, there was a pretty wide variety of recipes. Not all of them appealed, but things like tzatzaki, vichyssoise and stuffed squash blossoms don't show up in your average summer cookbook so it may be worth picking up just for something different. It also had more international fare than most warm-weather cookbooks.
3.0 out of 5 stars Wish I would have read the reviews... 29 Oct 2013
By ELC - Published on Amazon.com
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There are no pictures with the recipes. I like to see some of the recipes would be making. Recipes were ok but I ended up reselling mine to a used book store.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Big Summer Cookbook 18 July 2013
By stephanie dimisa - Published on Amazon.com
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For anyone who enjoys to cook with a bit of flair with simplicity. One recipe is for lemon pancakes. It calls for straightforward ingredients that most of us would have on hand, and flour is not one of the ingredients. I felt as if I were making something that was gourmet and easy to make. I was most drawn to the recipes for the fresh marinades and dressings, for I am determined to stop using store bought dressing. The book is for anyone who desires to prepare fresh meals, with fresh ingredients that most of us have on hand. The book has many recipes for fresh fruits and vegetables that I would have not thought on my won. For example, Ginger-scallion coleslaw. Although the recipes are created to take advantage of the abundance of fresh vegetables and fruit, the majority of the recipes could be used year round.
5.0 out of 5 stars New Favorite Cookbook 18 July 2013
By Judith A. Middlebrooks - Published on Amazon.com
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Don't be put off by the color of the text or you will find yourself missing out on many incredible recipes. Originally from Texas and New Orleans and now living in Southern California I find this cookbook to be a fabulous cultural experience. There are recipes in here I've never been exposed to and am thrilled at the introduction to an entirely different type of fare. This is a must for the collector and adventurous cook.
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 16 Jun 2013
By B. Rubble - Published on Amazon.com
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I had already borrowed this book from the library, so I knew I wanted it. I especially like the menus section.
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