Most people take a good novel or best seller to the beach. I take a cookbook.
So what am I reading these hot summer days, you ask?
I am reading these 3 new books & one more is on my list.
They are not only enjoyable to read, but have some great looking recipes, which I plan on trying out soon. Stay tuned.
The first book is from the fantastic Brooklyn restaurant called Frankies Spuntino.
Spuntino means "little snacks" in Italian, or a place you can get a little snack.
I should have named my blog "Stacey's Spuntino".
It's called The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual.
There are pretty drawings inside and some very simple homey Italian recipes from the restaurants.
These 2 boyhood pals from Queens, NY (Frank & Frank) have turned a little idea into a big business. They have 3 popular NY restaurants now.
I can't wait to try the cavatelli w/ sausage and brown butter sage.
Book #2 I am enjoying is called Poor Girl Gourmet, written by Rhode Island food blogger Amy McCoy.
Just because you are on a budget, doesn't mean you have to skimp on good food.
I highly recommend this nice book with good photos and recipes.
Book #3 was recommended by Lisa from Delaware (a reader of this blog), and is called Mediterranean Summer, and I am thoroughly enjoying it!
A true story of an American chef hired by a wealthy Italian couple to cook for them on their private yacht.
I love reading it, all the while imagining the beautiful markets of fresh & wonderful produce in Provence and Italy, cruising along the Costa Bella & the Cote d'Azur.
There are great recipes along with a dream trip along the French & Italian Riviera.
Book #4 is due out on August 3.
It is called Georgia's Kitchen, by author Jenny Nelson.
It is a new food fiction novel about a NYC chef who receives a bad restaurant review. Devastated, she goes to Tuscany to sharpen her skills as a restaurateur & cook and leaves her career, fiance and life back home for a new life in Italy. It sounds exciting and anything that involves food, Italy and romance is for me. I can't wait to read it.
The publisher of Georgia's Kitchen is giving two of my readers a copy of this new book, so just leave a comment and tell us what you are reading this summer and on Wednesday the winners will be randomly chosen.....and it doesn't have to be a cookbook!
What are you reading this summer? Inquiring minds want to know.
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