Meet the books you'll be reaching for all season.
Sweeter off the Vine: Fruit Desserts for Every Season
If this enticing book from blogger Yossy Arefi doesn't get you excited to hit the farmer's market and dive into a few fresh new baking projects, then nothing will. Recipes—like nectarine and blueberry pie bars and rhubarb and rye upside-down cake—are arranged seasonally, making it simple to nosh your way through the year.
To buy: $14, amazon.com.
Tasting Rome: Fresh Flavors and Forgotten Recipes From an Ancient City
Is a jaunt to the Eternal City out of reach this summer? Put away your passport and comfort yourself by cooking through this love letter to Rome and its cuisine. Written and photographed by expat journalists/cooks Katie Parla and Kristina Gill, the mouthwatering collection manages to combine insight into the classics with a peek at the city's vibrant contemporary food culture.
To buy: $15, amazon.com.
It's All Easy: Delicious Weekday Recipes for the Super-Busy Home Cook
Fans of the health-conscious recipes featured on Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop newsletter will be delighted with this sunny, appealing cookbook—the actress's second. This time around the focus is on simple recipes designed to work for even the most hectic family life—without sacrificing taste, nutritiousness, or (of course) style.
To buy: $20, amazon.com.
Spritz: Italy's Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail
As the days lengthen, make like the Italians do and adopt the ritual of the aperitivo, a light, low-alcohol early evening tipple. This small stylish volume—chock full of cocktail classics, new favorites, and simple antipasti recipes—is the perfect handbook to la dolce vita.
To buy: $12, amazon.com.
Chef Floyd Cardoz earned a loyal following for his vibrant, neo-Indian cuisine at the groundbreaking New York restaurant, Tabla—but his true genius has always been using the global spice pantry for maximum drama and deliciousness. That talent is on clear display in his new cookbook, which features more than a hundred recipes of the sort the chef routinely cooks at home. Try a few—like the Sunday Morning Masala Omelet, the Grilled Eggplant and Nectarine Salad, and the Stewed Chicken with Fresh Tomatoes—and you might find them joining your rotation, too.
To buy: $18, amazon.com.
The Elements of Pizza
Whether you're a casual slice grabber or a professional pizzaiolo-in-training, you'll find a complete (and completely fascinating) pizza education contained between these 256 pages. Forkish, an Oregon-based baking authority, covers the gamut from classic Neapolitan pies to Chicago-style, providing meticulous recipes and notes every step of the way. The degree of detail involved may make the chemistry-averse a bit cross-eyed—but trust us, Forkish's simple, flavorful formula for DIY "Saturday Pizza Dough" is worth the price of purchase alone.
To buy: $20, amazon.com.