Bianco, by Chris Bianco
The tag line on this cookbook’s cover says it all: “Pizza, pasta, and other food I like.” Bianco, a James Beard award-winning chef and owner of Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix, Arizona, shares his secrets from the well-loved restaurant. From how to make the chewiest, crispiest crust to perfecting the creamiest mozzarella, he provides invaluable tips every step of the way.
To buy: $27.50, amazon.com.
Crave, by Martha Collison
Beloved by fans of The Great British Bake Off, Martha Collison is no stranger to mouthwatering dessert recipes. Anyone with a sweet tooth will go crazy for this book, which is organized by starring ingredients such as fruit, nuts, spice, chocolate, caramel, cheese, and alcohol. She also provides recipes that are ready in mere minutes, such as Lemon Cheesecake Pots (yum!).
To buy: $14, www.amazon.com.
Cucumbers, by Dawn Perry
Cucumbers have always been a summertime staple—and now, so is this book. Written by Real Simple’s very own food director Dawn Perry, Cucumbers teaches you how to use the refreshing veggie in more ways than you thought possible. Soy & Wasabi-Glazed Cucumbers? Yes, please! Pre-order it now, and spend the rest of the summer experimenting in your kitchen.
To buy: $14, www.shortstackeditions.com.
The School Year Survival Cookbook, by Laura Keogh
Food should be a pleasure, not a stressor—but during the school year, it’s easy for it to feel like the latter. From sports practices to late dinners after the choir concert, The School Year Survival Cookbook is packed with 110 easy, family-friendly recipes, as well as effective strategies for even the most hectic school weeks.
To buy: $15, www.amazon.com.