As I threatened promised, my July cookbook picks provide plenty of opportunity to not cook. There is no telling when this unusual-for-Seattle hot weather will subside, and there’s also no telling when my new stove will be delivered.
The first book I plucked from my shelves for this round is Joyce Goldstein’s Mediterranean Fresh: A Compendium of One-Plate Salad Meals and Mix-and-Match Dressings. Like the title says, it’s all about salads. Cool, crisp, and no cooking required…other than a few recipes that call for cooked lentils or steamed veggies, but I’ll save those until later in the month.
Next up is Machael Natkin’s Herbivoracious: A Flavor Revolution with 150 Vibrant and Original Vegetarian Recipes. Plenty of cooked dishes, but lots of tasty-looking salads, too.
Finally, because summer is for grilling, and not just because it doesn’t heat up the house, my third pick is Williams-Sonoma’s Essentials of Grilling: Recipes and techniques for successful outdoor cooking. Lots of yummy marinades and sauces!